Found February 26, 2012 on Post-Gazette:
TEAMS: Pittsburgh Pirates
Shortly after 7 a.m. in a darkened photo studio at Pirate City, A.J. Burnett was half-dressed.He wore a yellow Pirates jersey, the top button undone, but shorts instead of baseball pants. On his wrist, almost blending in with the myriad tattoos on his forearms, he wore a purple band that read, in white lettering, "Be Unstoppable."

A.J. Burnett giving teammate's daughter a college fund for number

A.J. Burnett probably wants to leave most of his Yankees memories behind in New York, but he’ll be sticking with the same jersey number. As is the case when any new player comes to town, Burnett had to strike a deal with a current member of the Pirates in order to keep his No. 34 jersey. Daniel McCutchen, the 29-year-old reliever who wore No. 34 in Pittsburgh last season, is planning...

A.J. Burnett sets up college fund for Daniel McCutchen’s daughter

A.J. Burnett continues to make a good impression. When Burnett was traded to the Pirates, the #34 jersey number belonged to reliever Daniel McCutchen. For compensation for trading Burnett the jersey number, Burnett is setting up a college fund for McCutchen’s soon-to-be-born daughter (she is due in May). AJ wrote a check 2 College America 529 4 a college fund for my soon to be...

AJ Burnett does a nice thing

If you're the sort of person that wonders about uniform numbers, the AJ Burnett trade probably made you a little curious. Burnett's worn #34 for almost his entire career (save a bit of time early in his career, when he wore 43), from Florida to Toronto to New York. In Pittsburgh, that's Dan McCutchen's number. So what happens? Bill Brink has the story:  Some players...

Did the LA Angels miss a great opportunity with AJ Burnett?

For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past week, you may have missed the news on an Abreu-Burnett swap that was gracefully voided by A.J Burnett due to the Angels being in his no trade clause. What a bullet we dodged with that one, right? Burnett is an over-the-hill veteran, like Abreu, who has managed to pitch to Kazmirian levels of ineptitude the past two...

AJ Burnett Buys His Number with a College Fund

Following his trade to the Pittsburgh Pirates, AJ Burnett wanted to wear his preferred uniform number, 34. Unfortunately it was already assigned to reliever Daniel McCutchen. So, like most pro athletes do, Burnett offered a cash incentive to his new teammate for the rights to the number. Nominally, this is handled with the purchase of a nice watch or the like; McCutchen though decided...

Nick Swisher will take over A.J. Burnett’s pie-smashing duties for Yankees

The idea during the offseason is to address your biggest needs, and the Yankees have done just that. By trading A.J. Burnett, the Yankees unloaded a pitcher that was clearly a bad signing and couldn’t cut it in New York. The departure of Burnett also left a huge hole within the organization, however. As you may know, A.J. was in charge of smashing his teammates in the face with...

AJ is Gone And His Pies Should Be, Too

Now that AJ Burnett is no longer a Yankee, speculation has begun as to whether or not his pie act will continue and, if it does, who should do the honors. Joe Girardi was asked about it the other day. He said "The guys enjoyed it. Someone might do it, continue the tradition."[The Star-Ledger] I don't know if Girardi was serious or was simply being polite to the reporter...

Pirates hope A.J. Burnett can still draw blood when needed

Asked by a magazine writer to describe himself, heat-throwing A.J. Burnett once said: "Bloodthirsty — at least, I pitch that way sometimes."

As the MLB season quickly approaches, what's the most pressing question facing the New York Yankees?

Well, according to CBS radio this morning, the most important thing the Yanks must deal with is, now that A.J. Burnett has been traded, who will take over doling out the all important walk-off win whipped cream pie-in-the-face?I kid you not.Now, to be fair, I loved that about A.J. Burnett. I thought it brought a levity and lightheartedness to a clubhouse that can often come across...

Burnett's unique payment for number

New Pirate A.J. Burnett wanted his #34 from teammate Daniel McCutchen, so the latter set up a unique exchange that actually benefits McCutchen's unborn child.

Swisher: Replacing A.J. easy as pie

When A.J. Burnett was traded to Pittsburgh last week, everyone was wondering who would fill the righty’s role as the designated pie thrower.

FanGraphs Audio: Charlie Wilmoth of Bucs Dugout

Episode 145 Charlie Wilmoth is both the manager of SB Nation’s Pirates blog Bucs Dugout and an actual, real-live music scholar. He’s also the guest on this edition of FanGraphs Audio. Topics discussed: Pittsburgh’s top prospects (Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, Josh Bell, and Starling Marte); the significance of the A.J. Burnett trade to the organization; and the effects of the...

Perfect Time to Give Joba One Last Rotation Try

Since the trading of A.J. Burnett to the Pittsburgh Pirates, some in the media has worried the Yankees might have a depth issue in starting pitching.  The Yankees, however, will have six major league starting pitchers on their 25 man roster to start the 2012 season, and three kids (David Phelps, Adam Warren and DJ Mitchell – all 25 years old) starting their second full seasons...

First Pitch: A Needed Change For Baseball

When the new Collective Bargaining Agreement was announced, the changes to the draft were viewed as a big negative for small market teams like the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates had taken advantage of the old draft system, spending more than any other team in their attempts of adding as many high upside guys as possible. The draft was one of the only areas where the Pirates could...
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