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A guest post by Robert White via FeedCrossing…
In 2011, the Pittsburgh Pirates set a Major League baseball record for the worst finish by a team that was in 1st place in their Division as late in the season as they were. The club finished 72-90, for their 19th straight losing season.
Here in 2012, the Pittsburgh Pirates set another Major League record, becoming the first club in history to finish below .500, after being 16 or more games above .500 at one point during the season. The club finished 79-83 for their 20th straight losing season- once again besting their own record for most consecutive losing seasons by a franchise in North American sports history. (Like 2011, the Pirates would’ve made the playoffs and lifted the losing seasons’ yoke had they simply played .500 baseball down the home stretch of the season.)
That’s 3 colossal records that no franchise should want any part of…and yet the Pirates own all 3. Given such catastrophic season endings, long-suffering Pirate...
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John Sickels has Gerrit Cole as his number one prospect.
Over the weekend, John Sickels of MinorLeagueBall.com released his top 20 Pittsburgh Pirates prospects for the 2013 season. As he notes, the grades are preliminary and subject to change, with no grade being final until January 5th.
There weren’t many surprises on the list. In comparing his list to our list, there are a few...
In Winter League action last night, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco played outfield together for the first time, with Marte moving over to right field to make room in center for Polanco. Batting third in the lineup, Marte went 1-for-3 with an RBI, a walk and a strikeout. Polanco went 0-for-3 and was pinch-hit for in the 9th inning, as the Leones manager(former Pirate Ken Oberkfell...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed left-handed pitcher Philippe Valiquette to a minor league deal, according to his agent on Twitter. Valiquette was recently with the Milwaukee Brewers, spending time in 2012 with their high-A and Double-A affiliates. In his time in Double-A he struggled, posting an 8.49 ERA in 11.2 innings. He missed the entire 2011 season with a torn pectoral muscle...
In a light day of Winter League action yesterday, Starling Marte went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBI’s. He started the game with a fly out in the second inning, then a strikeout in the fourth, before reaching on an infield single two innings later. After another fly out in the seventh, Marte came up in the top of the ninth, with the bases loaded and his team holding on to...
In Winter League action last night, Starling Marte went 0-for-4, dropping his average to .299 in 18 games. He moved from his normal three spot in the lineup, down to the five hole. The move in the lineup was due to the additions of Cleveland catcher Carlos Santana and Detroit Tigers infielder Ramon Santiago to the Leones lineup in the last two days.
In other action in the Dominican...
Andrew McCutchen, sawed off. Photo courtesy of flickr.
Did you know that Andrew McCutchen will hit 27 HRs, steal 24 bases, and hit at a .298 average for the 2013 fantasy baseball season? I did, because my spreadsheet spit those numbers out at me! It’s written in stone, ordained by the gods. Count on it.
OK, that’s being a little too confident in my projections. But how do you...