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Pirates’ fans love manager Clint Hurdle. They adore his straightforward approach. Members of the Pittsburgh media are entranced by him. They live off of the folksy nuggets of baseball wisdom the Michigan native peppers throughout his nightly post-game press conferences, like bees drawn to the sweet nectar of a silver-tipped flower.
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For me, this city-wide Hurdle infatuation hit home last fall, when I attended the last Pirates’ game of the 2011 season. Prior to the 7th or 8th inning, I watched in amazement as the entire stadium gave a standing ovation…to a pre-recorded “thank you” from Clint Hurdle. All of PNC Park was on its feet! I can’t recall a stadium giving a baseball manager a standing ovation, let alone a pre-recorded Jumbotron video, let alone on a team that finished 72-90.
I have always been of the belief that a baseball manager rarely influences his te
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@mbandi Right, because J-Mac buzzing someone is going to make them see the error of their ways. That has a good track record.
— Ed Giles (@InClementeWthr) August 4, 2012
It is an argument that has been had numerous times. Should you retaliate if your opposition drills your best player?
Friday night, Andrew McCutchen faced off against Reds’ closer Aroldis Chapman with two outs...
Today is a busy date in Pittsburgh Pirates history, eight former players born on this date and one transaction of note. In his Jolly Roger Rewind, John Fredland recaps a game from 1958 with a big performance from “The Great One”.
On this date in 1917, the Pirates made the unfortunate decision of letting George Kelly go, for just the price of the fee attached to...
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A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings are from the post trade deadline update.
1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Altoona (2-4, 3.94) - DNP
2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (5-7, 4.09) - DNP
3. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (2-1, 1.88) - DNP
4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia...
Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle has been ejected in the second inning against Cincinnati after both benches were warned following the second Pirates batter to be hit by a pitch in two nights.
Pitching with a 2-1 lead Saturday night, Reds starter Mike Leake plunked Josh Harrison with two outs and nobody on base. Harrison and Leake had a brief verbal altercation, prompting plate umpire...
It was only a matter of time until some intrepid Pittsburgh Pirates fan decided to create a parody television opening to celebrate the team's season.
The show of choice?...."The Brady Bunch":
The Reds found unusual ways to score runs tonight. The Pirates found zero ways to score runs tonight. Wandy Rodriguez had more than a quality start tonight, pitching 7 innings and giving up just 3 runs on 7 hits. After dealing with control issues in his last start, Wandy walked no one tonight and struck [...]
If the first game of this three-game set was marked by the Reds getting breaks, the second was marked by the Pirates' giving breaks to them. An error by Pedro Alvarez. A bad night at the plate from Andrew McCutchen. A bad read by McCutchen on Scott Rolen's fly ball in the eighth inning. A huge tactical mistake by Jeff Bannister. The Pirates bounced back from most of these...
When the Pirates acquired Mike McKenry last June, I was a little bit puzzled. The Pirates really needed a catcher at that point in the season and McKenry seemed like a decent acquisition. He hit for some power in the low minors, though he was old for his levels, and he showed pretty decent patience through his whole minor league career and his defensive reputation was good. I didn...
Sometimes, you get out on the baseball field and no matter what you do, you realize that it isn't your night. When your opponent hits an inside-the-park home run (on a questionable call at home plate) and then follow it up with a two-run homer by their pitcher, that's a pretty good sign it's not your night. When you bounce into double plays three times in four innings...
Final: Reds 3, Pirates 0
WP: Mat Latos (10-3, 3.94 ERA)
LP: Wandy Rodriguez (7-10, 3.82 ERA)
SV: Aroldis Chapman (24, 1.37 ERA)
The Reds capitalized on two mistakes by Rodriguez, and that was enough as the Pirates’ offense was nonexistent with only one base runner made it to third base.
Chris Heisey hit an inside-the-park homer in the second inning to give the Reds a 1-0 lead....
Busy day yesterday on here. If you missed the Podcast check it out. A new post in the Barajas Bombs series is up. And of course, the recap from last night’s game. Now, a few words about what happened last night. I said in the Podcast that this series is about more than winning and [...]
It was another frustrating night in Cincinnati for the Pirates, as they came up short in both the beanball/intimidation/whatever-you-want-to-call-it battle as well as, you know, the game itself. The Bucs are in danger of being swept in the weekend series, and they now trail the Reds by 5.5 games. Their wild-card edge for the second spot is also down to just 2.5 over the Cardinals...