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Pirate Blogs Roundup: Liriano to Start Opener, Buster Olney Prediction

The major news items this week were a respected analyst at ESPN predicting the Pirates will win the World Series and the announcement that Francisco Liriano will be the starting pitcher on Opening Day against the Reds. Liriano will be the first Pirate to start on Opening Day in consecutive seasons since Oliver Perez in 2005 and 2006. Here is a roundup of the best blog posts about...
Via Hidden Vigorish
7 days ago  |  Discuss

ESPN's Olney: 'Concerns' About The Red Sox

Olney; The WolfTo paraphrase the immortal Winston Wolf from 'Public Fiction': "Let's not congratulate each other just yet". Before we start printing 2015 World Champ t-shirts, maybe we should step back and try to take an objective look at this year's edition of The Carmine Hose. A man with as much gravitas as 'The Wolf'—Buster Olney—has some doubts about this team. Said Olney...
Via FenwayNation
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Buster Olney Picks Pirates to Win World Series

Buster Olney from ESPN made quite a prediction for the Pittsburgh Pirates this morning, picking them to win the World Series this year. He was very high on the Pirates while posting his rankings early in the season, rating them as the fifth best team in baseball, crediting them with the second best outfield and placing them among the best for their rotation, lineup, defense and bullpen...
Via Pirates Prospects
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Dodgers the favorite to sign Yoan Moncada

The Los Angeles Dodgers could be considered the favorite to land 19-year-old Cuban phenom Yoan Moncada. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, other teams around the league believe Moncada will end up in LA. As Yahoo Sports first reported, Major League Baseball has changed its rules regarding Cuban players. If players can present sworn affidavits and...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
February 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates Ranked Fifth Overall By Buster Olney

Buster Olney has been providing his top ten rankings in various categories over the last week and the Pittsburgh Pirates have received some very favorable ratings, so their overall ranking shouldn’t surprise anyone. On Monday morning, he posted his top ten teams in baseball and had the Pirates fifth overall. The balance of power has swayed to the National League this year, as the...
Via Pirates Prospects
January 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Buster Olney Ranks Pirates’ Outfield as the Second Best in Majors

Buster Olney continued his Major League rankings, going with the best outfields in baseball(subscription required) on Sunday. He ranked the Pittsburgh Pirates outfield as the second best in the Majors, trailing only the Florida Marlins. Olney said that the Pirates could have the best outfield in baseball next year if Gregory Polanco takes a step forward. That shouldn’t be difficult...
Via Pirates Prospects
January 18, 2015  |  Discuss

A second baseball writer is abstaining from Hall of Fame voting

Last week, we brought you the story that ESPN’s Buster Olney would abstain from voting on the Baseball Hall of Fame this year due to a backlog in candidates and the Hall’s refusal to remove the ten player cap on ballots. My general conclusion was that while Olney was going down the right path with his actions, they’d ultimately be meaningless unless more writers followed him...
Via Awful Announcing
December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Buster Olney to write book on childhood friend who assaulted and killed his niece

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Buster Olney is working on a book. The subject, though, isn’t what you would expect from Olney. Vermont Public Radio has an interview with the ESPN baseball analyst on his plans to write a book about a childhood friend who is serving life in prison for assaulting and killing his niece. But this week, the Randolph native found himself in an...
Via Sherman Report
May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

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