Pittsburgh Pirates' Travis Ishikawa Given the Boot as Ike Davis Comes to Town

Ryan GauleCorrespondent IApril 19, 2014

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First baseman Travis Ishikawa has been here before in his career, hoping to find a job with a new team. 

According to D.J. Short of NBC Sports, the Pittsburgh Pirates have designated Ishikawa for assignment.  The move comes just one day after they acquired Ike Davis via trade from the New York Mets

The 30-year-old Ishikawa has played for five different teams in seven major league seasons, owning a lifetime batting average of .257 in 397 games.  

Despite having been in this position in the past, this blow must be just as painful for him as any other one. 

Through the first six games of the 2014 season, Ishikawa looked like he was finally primed for a big season, batting .294 with one home run, a triple and three runs batted in. 

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 8:  Travis Ishikawa #3 of the Pittsburgh Pirates follows through on a sacrifice fly scoring teammate Russell Martin #55 during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on April 8, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by
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In his next nine games, however, Ishikawa had just two hits in 17 at-bats as his average fell to .206 on the season. 

Suddenly, the Pirates and their fans were brought back to reality, as it became evident that Ishikawa is not the type of player who can maintain a high average for a prolonged period of time.  After all, he has only played in over 100 games in a season twice in his major league career, batting .261 in 2009 and .266 in 2010, both seasons with the San Francisco Giants

In designating Ishikawa for assignment, the Pirates give themselves 10 days to decide what to do with him, as they can opt to trade him, release him, place him on waivers or send him to the minor leagues. 

Throughout the first few series, Ishikawa looked like he would fit beautifully in the platooning role at first base with Gaby Sanchez.  However, as we have seen countless times in baseball, he quickly cooled off, and the Pirates cut him from their active roster. 

It is unclear what the Pirates will decide to do with Ishikawa, but for now, it's Ike Davis' time to make his presence known in Pittsburgh. 


Statistics Courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com.