"I think I've come a long way," Doumit opined. "There is still certainly room for improvement, but I feel pretty good about my season."
Doumit's receiving improved defensively, but his game-calling and managing base paths -- he threw out 21 percent of base-stealers -- still need work. But he feels he is making solid progress.
"I proved to myself that I can do it," he offered. "It's a good feeling to know what it takes to keep my body in the best shape physically and I'm going to continue that."
The recipe for success was his off season conditioning.
"I think it is the recipe for success," Doumit said. "I take a look at the reward of it and it's a regimen that I'm probably going to follow the rest of my career."
"Yeah, it's one of those things where guys are kind of looking to us to take a leadership role," Doumit explained. "We except the challenge and we're going to take the reins and run with it."
The Pirates face the bleak prospect of a record setting 17th consecutive losing season in 2009, but Doumit feels the young team could grow in the future.
"I think time will tell," Doumit stated. "I think we're certainly moving in the right direction and we've got some talent here and some guys that can do some pretty special things. What we need right now is some experience and like I said time will tell."