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Raise the Jolly Roger!:
Yes, it’s still EXTREMELY early and tons of things could (and should) change between now and April 5th, but since we are now under 100 days until the season and there isn’t much else going on at the moment, here’s a look at the Bucs as they currently stand. I started with the rotation. Next up: the bullpen.
Here’s how the ‘pen would probably look if the season started tomorrow:
Joel Hanrahan (closer)
Evan Meek (setup…?)
Jared Hughes / Chris Leroux / Daniel Moskos / ??
Obviously, Hanrahan is about as good as it gets at closer. The set-up role, though, is very much in the air. Who knows what version of Evan Meek will come into camp? If it’s the All-Star version, that’s great, but All Star Evan was nowhere to be found this year among his injuries. If he struggles again, someone lower on the list will have to step up and take that role (most likely Grilli or Resop).
Neal Huntington has loved to pick up useful bullpen guys off the s...
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Josh Bell has the potential to be an elite hitting prospect, but what else do the Pirates have in their system?
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Checking in on Pirates’ players and friends in Thursday’s winter league action:
Tiburones de La Guaira 6, Bravos de Margarita 2
Anthony Claggett made the start for Los Bravos, and buzzed through the first four innings, allowing only a walk and a single in the top of the 1st. He retired the side in order for three innings, but got into trouble fast...
Born on this date in 1977 was Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Jack Wilson, who played for the team from 2001 until 2009. Wilson was originally draft by the Cardinals in 1998. The Pirates acquired him on July 29, 2000 in exchange for pitcher Jason Christiansen. Jack started the 2001 season in the majors as the team’s starting shortstop, skipping over AAA. After hitting .155 through...
Yes, it’s still EXTREMELY early and tons of things could (and should) change between now and April 5th, but since we are now under 100 days until the season and there isn’t much else going on at the moment, here’s a look at the Bucs as they currently stand. We’ll start today with the rotation.
Before I get into the birthdays for today(there are no trades to mention) I have to mention the tragic passing of a legendary Pittsburgh Pirates player on this date in 1972 when the great Roberto Clemente died in a plane crash en route to Nicaragua to deliver relief aid after the country was struck by an earthquake. He was just 38 years old.
Clemente passed away 39 years ago today...
Looking in on a few Pirates’ players and friends in winter league action:
Tigres de Aragua 6, Leones del Caracas 3
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Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune held a chat today (h/t MLBTR), and a question was brought up about the San Diego Padres’ return for Ryan Ludwick. The Pittsburgh Pirates received Ludwick for a player to be named later back in July, although the player has yet to be named. Center reports that he is hearing the Padres could opt for cash considerations in the deal.
On this date in 1943 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded catcher Babe Phelps to the Philadelphia Phillies for first baseman Babe Dahlgren. Phelps hit .284 in 95 games for the Pirates in 1942 but he did not play during the 1943 season. The Pirates also included cash in the deal. Dahlgren played for six different teams from 1940-43, hitting .287 with 50 walks and 56 RBI’s in 136 games...
This is probably a sad indictment of my existence as a Pirate fan, but when every year starts my general hopes for the Pirates can be boiled down thusly: I hope that they're not too embarrassingly terrible and I hope that whatever happens over the course of the next 365 days gets them closer to a future in which I can have Pirate-related-hopes that aren't so depressing. Usually...