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With the Hall Of Fame election announcement coming on January 9, 2012, it is time to review the ballot, go over the names, and decide who belongs in the Hall Of Fame.
There are twenty seven men on the ballot this year and we will take a look at each one individually prior to official announcements. You can find all of the profiles in the I-70 Baseball Exclusives: Cooperstown Choices 2012 menu at the top of the page.
Tune in Saturday, January 7, 2012 as I-70 Baseball Radio will host a panel of writers discussing the Hall Of Fame Ballot in a 2-hour special.
In this article, we take a look at Jeromy Burnitz.
Burnitz started his relatively short 14 year career started in 1993 as a member of the New York Mets and concluded in 2006 as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates. In the middle of that, he spent six years as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers, where he will be remembered most.
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Two Pittsburgh Pirates free agent rumors, after a few weeks of little to no news:
-Dejan Kovacevic reports that the Pirates have had discussions with Paul Maholm, although a return seems unlikely. Kovacevic mentions that the Pirates are looking to upgrade the rotation, but that those additions will probably come from non-roster invitees, rather than a high profile addition. We heard...
This is the first of a series covering the Pirates’ minor league depth position by position. The idea is to take a look at the players the system has available at a position, level by level. No organization has prospects at every position and every level. It’s interesting to see just how well the Pirates are covered at each spot by players who at least have some chance to turn...
Dejan Kovacevic is reporting this morning that the Pirates have "had talks" with Paul Maholm about a return to Pittsburgh, but that any such scenario is pretty "unlikely." I don't think that there's really anything too surprising about that report: bringing Maholm back makes sense to me in the same way that signing Jeff Francis would, and you can argue...
On this date in 1993 the Pittsburgh Pirates signed free agent outfielder Lonnie Smith to a one year contract. Smith was 37 at the time of the deal, a veteran of 15 major league seasons who had hit .247 with 6 homers and 33 RBI’s in 84 games for the Braves in 1992. He had stolen as many as 68 bases in a season, four times topping 40 but since stealing 25 bases in 1986, he had topped...
The Pirates have signed lefty Jo-Jo Reyes to a minor league deal, which will likely include an invitation to spring training.
Reyes is 27 and has been terrible in the big leagues. His career ERA is 6.05 and he just tied the major league record for most consecutive starts without a win (28 before snapping it with a complete game in May). Wins are a terrible indicator of a pitcher’s...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed left handed pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes to a minor league deal, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com. We heard the Pirates were interested in Reyes back in December.
Reyes is 27 yeas old and had a career 6.05 ERA in 334.2 innings in the majors. In that time he has a 5.8 K/9, a 3.9 BB/9, and a 1.5 HR/9 ratio. He’s a good flier to take on a minor league...
The Pirates have hired Phil Huttmann and Jamie Brewington as Professional Scouts, per a team press release.
Huttman previously worked as an area scout for the Detroit Tigers, and spent most of his career with the Kansas City Royals. One of his biggest moves for the Royals as an amateur scout was scouting and signing Alex Gordon. Brewington pitched in five organizations in his pro...
Michael McKenry is the favorite to win the job as backup catcher, but he has much to do on the offensive end, and has been working with Clint Hurdle this offseason.
Even before he became a YouTube sensation, Cuban outfielder Yoennis Cespedes was on the radar of Pirates general manager Neal Huntington.
Continuing down memory lane with a look at the 82nd win in 1983.
The 1982 Pirates were never in serious contention for the post-season. Althought they did play meaningful games in September, something that we have only been able to wish for recently. That 1982 team had a strong offense – ranking second in the National League in runs scored, first in homers and first in OPS. There...