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The day should be considered a holiday on this blog. This day. The day in which the greatest sports video game ever produced comes out each year. If only I didn’t have to work tomorrow.
At midnight this evening (12:01 actually) you’ll be able to download a digital version of MLB ’13 the Show on your Playstation 3. You won’t need a disk to play it. You can play it right on the PS3 without any hardware whatsoever.
And naturally, why wouldn’t I do this? There’s no midnight release at the local Gamestop, I don’t have to waste any gas, I don’t have to worry about my dog chewing up the disk. This is perfect.
The big features I’m excited about are the scouting system in franchise mode and the dynamic team budgets that are tied to team performance. For instance, if you can make the Pirates into a perennial contender (good luck with that) you’ll be able to get more spending revenue to go out and acquire players that would normally only sign with a major market team.
I have spent a lot of tim...
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Jameson Taillon throwing to Tony Sanchez in Thursday’s start.
Jameson Taillon had an up and down year in 2012. He started off the season with seven amazing outings, combining for six earned runs in 36.2 innings, with a 36:7 K/BB ratio. From there, things went steadily down hill for the next two months. The right-hander gave up 45 earned runs in 66.1 innings from May 16th to July...
Gerrit Cole struck out six in three shutout innings today.
Gerrit Cole didn’t have much trouble taking on Spain. The right-hander threw three shutout innings in his second Spring Training appearance, giving up two hits, walking one, and striking out six. He was sitting 94-97 MPH, and throwing mostly fastballs. He didn’t need anything else.
“He was focused. He went out there...
The Pittsburgh Pirates had their third player drop out of the World Baseball Classic since the provisional rosters were announced. First Ivan De Jesus Jr dropped out so he could concentrate on making the Opening Day roster, then Russell Martin bowed out, saying he wasn’t ready to catch nine innings this early in Spring. Martin came up with right shoulder soreness shortly afterwards...
The Pirates rolled to a 10-0 victory over Spain’s World Baseball Classic team on Tuesday. Spain’s lineup didn’t have any major leaguers in it, but Gerrit Cole‘s performance was still notable. Cole struck out the first six batters he faced and ended up going three strong innings. Gaby Sanchez also homered for the Bucs, continuing his hot spring.
Over in Arizona, Jameson Taillon...
What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2013 title for all 30 teams.
The streak is over, and not only are the Pirates a winning team, they are the champions of baseball. Their championship run was truly a team effort, but if you could point to one player...
Jameson Taillon is a 6-foot-6, 225-pound right-handed beast of a pitching prospect. Drafted second overall out of high school in 2010, Taillon, 21, isn’t as polished as fellow Pittsburgh pitching prospect Gerrit Cole, but he still offers tremendous upside as a future major-league starter.
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Taillon has pitched well at all three stops in his minor-league...
In the This Is My Nightmare series, we'll take a look at what the absolute worst case scenario for each team would be in 2013. Think of it as the negative complement to our You May Say I'm A Dreamer series that we'll be running during our preview series.
Nightmares can come in many different forms. For most of the teams that we've been covering in these series...
Gaby Sanchez went 3 for 3 with a double, home run and two RBIs on Tuesday, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 10-0 rout of Spain's World Baseball Classic team.
Rhiner Cruz, a Houston Astros reliever and one of just two players with major league experience on the Spanish roster, allowed three runs in one inning.
The right-handed hitting Sanchez will likely platoon at first...
Last year I noticed something about Pirate City. When the major league camp is there, every writer is there. When the major league camp heads over to McKechnie Field, the writers follow, and people rarely come back to Pirate City. Usually it’s just me in an empty media room, with a cooler stocked full of soda, tempting me to break my ban on drinking soda.
The full roster of players...
I love cities with a grid system. It makes driving simple. Bradenton doesn’t have a true grid system, but it’s to the point where I’ve been here a week, and I’m already to that point where you drive from home to work without really focusing on where to turn or what street to take. There are some strange things about the layout. For example, you can’t just drive down 17th...
Jose Tabata made strides toward regaining his starting right fielder's job, keying a five-run second inning Sunday with a two-run double and helping the Pittsburgh Pirates build a big lead before holding on for an 8-6 victory over the Houston Astros.
Tabata lost his starting job last season when he hit just .243 with three home runs in 103 games. He is competing with Travis...
When thinking about Charlie Morton the first thing that generally comes to mind is “Electric Stuff”. Either that or his other nickname “Ground Chuck”. Very endearing stuff. What often is overlooked is the fact that Charlie Morton‘s mental toughness has been questioned. Is he strong enough mentally to do this? No one really knows for…
The third weekend of the college baseball season has come to a close and we saw some power from one of the top draft-eligible third basemen on Friday and Sunday. Mark Appel showed why he will likely go well before the Pirates make their first selection with the 9th overall pick, and then select again with the 14th pick. The two third baseman we are following closely, Kris Bryant...
Pittsburgh Pirates vs Philadelphia Phillies
Time: 1:05 pm
McKechnie Field– Bradenton, FL
Weather: 59, Clear
TV: No TV today. Only MLB Radio.
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John Lannan gets the start today for the Phils as they match up with the Bucs.
1. Revere – CF
2. Young – 3B
3. Utley – 2B
4. Howard – 1B
5. Ruf – LF
6. Brown – RF
7. Mayberry – DH