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Camp is now in full swing down in Bradenton. While it’s certainly great to have news tidbits, pictures, and videos flowing in…there’s honestly not a whole lot to talk about yet. You should all be following Bill Brink, Michael Sanserino, Rob Biertempfel, Tom Singer, and Kristy Robinson to make sure you don’t miss any of those news bits, because I’m not going to be able to post every little thing here.
We still have a little over a week until the games start. The “Black and Gold game” is on March 2nd, and the first official spring game is March 3rd against the Blue Jays. Here’s the full spring schedule.
Some links and things:
It turns out that the new “draft pool” will lead to a much smaller budget than the Pirates anticipated — it will be just over $6.5 million. You may recall that Frank Coonelly said he was not upset about the new regulations, but at PirateFest he told us in an interview that he was expecting about $10M. Charlie followed up with him (and Baseball America’s Jim Calli
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According to Dejan Kovacevic, Pittsburgh Pirates president Frank Coonelly was charged with a DUI on December 22nd. Coonelly had a blood-alcohol content of .16, which is higher than the Pennsylvania legal limit of .08.
Pennsylvania has a tiered system for DUI charges. A blood-alcohol content of .16 or higher is the fourth of four tiers. A first time offense in that range draws a fine...
Dejan Kovacevic reported today that Pirates president Frank Coonelly has been charged with four counts related to drunk driving in Ross Township on December 22nd.
Coonelly’s blood-alcohol was .16, twice the legal limit for Pennsylvania.
“My actions that evening were irresponsible and wrong,” Coonelly said in a statement. He arrived this morning in Bradenton, Fla., to join the...
For almost any player, getting traded from the mighty New York Yankees to the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates seems like a cruel and unusual fate. That fate is exactly what befell A.J. Burnett this past weekend as the Yankees were so eager to rid themselves of him, that they paid the Pirates to take them off their hands. In many ways, it is the low point of Burnett's career, but...
The pertinent details are here. In short, he got a DUI shortly before Christmas, he's ashamed, and Bob Nutting is disappointed. It seems like Coonelly is willing to accept the consequences for his actions and it seems like Nutting is willing to stand behind him. I don't really have a lot to add: I'm sure that the significant portion of the fanbase that dislikes Coonelly...
Pirates president Frank Coonelly this morning said he plans to do some sort of public service with an anti-drunk driving group.
Jim Callis of Baseball America released the bonus pools for the 2012 draft today. The Pittsburgh Pirates will end up with a pool of $6,563,500, which includes their first round pick, valued at $2.9 M. That total doesn’t include any compensation for Derrek Lee, since Lee isn’t expected to sign a major league deal.
When the new Collective Bargaining Agreement was announced, it...
The Pirates are hoping that right-hander A.J. Burnett's veteran knowledge will be able to benefit the rest of the pitching staff.
BRADENTON, Fla. — No more excuses for A.J. Burnett and no more Yankee thoughts.
Burnett the Pirate took some blame for his failures with the Yankees yesterday at Pirate City, but also said he may have let too many people in pinstripes mess with his mechanics.
“Without getting too far...
Pittsburgh Pirates president Frank Coonelly is facing four drunken driving-related charges stemming from an incident on December 22.
After much anticipation, the trade that sent A.J. Burnett from the Yankees to the Pirates was finally completed on Sunday. Burnett had a tumultuous three seasons in the Bronx, with a 4.79 ERA and 4.5 walks/hit batters per nine over 584 regular-season innings.
His signature pitch is an 83 mph spike-curveball with exceptional movement. (Harry Pavlidis mentioned it here a few weeks...
If Russell Martin truly intends to lay one down on "my boy," A.J. Burnett, the Yankees catcher had better already be practicing his bunting.
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...