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Garrett Jones' offseason priority is much more mind than it is matter, as the Pirates' first baseman/outfielder has shifted his conditioning focus to the mental side.
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I’ve always believed that the best approach for small market teams is to build a farm system that constantly provides replacements for the players in the majors. When a star player is ready to leave, the system will ideally have a guy ready to take over and provide the same production. The system will also allow the team to trade guys away as they get in to their expensive...
The following Pittsburgh Pirates have elected for minor league free agency, per Baseball America:
RHP: Jose Ascanio (AAA), Anthony Claggett (AA), Nelson Figueroa (AAA), Sean Gallagher (AAA), Kevin Hart (AAA), Aaron Heilman (AAA), Steven Jackson (AAA), Brett Sinkbeil (AA), Tyler Yates (AAA)
LHP: Dan Meyer (AAA), Garrett Olson (AAA), Justin Thomas (AAA), Aaron Thompson (AAA), Donald...
Yesterday we heard that 24 players in the Pittsburgh Pirates system had elected minor league free agency. Baseball America has an update today on their minor league transactions that left handed pitcher Brian Burres has elected for free agency. Burres was recently outrighted off of the 40-man roster.
That leaves the status of outfielder Steve Pearce up in the air. Pearce would...
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In the end, the 2011 Pirates weren’t much better than any of the previous 18 teams before them. But they’ll be treated like they were during the offseason, and only minimal improvements will be made to a club that could be one of the worst in the league come 2012...
Checking in with some Pirates’ players and friends in winter league play.
Cardenales de Lara 4, Caribes de Anzoategui 3
Los Caribes had a 3-2 lead going into the bottom of the 8th. That’s when Los Cardenales took the lead and the win with a 2-run homer. CF Gorkys Hernandez went 1-for-3, with a single in the 5th inning.
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According to Ken Rosenthal, the Pittsburgh Pirates were one of the teams that have sent scouts to watch soon-to-be 49 year old left hander Jamie Moyer pitch. Moyer is recovering from Tommy John surgery, which he underwent in 2010, and which cost him the entire 2011 season. Rosenthal quoted scouts who said that Moyer looked just as good as he always has. The speculation was...
On this date in 1856 one of the winningest pitchers to ever put on a Pittsburgh uniform was born. Jim McCormick only played one season in Pittsburgh, for the 1887 Alleghenys but only three pitchers who have won more career games than him have also put on a Pirates uniform, Pud Galvin, Bert Blyleven and Burleigh Grimes. In fact, McCormick’s 265 career wins still ranks him 39th all...
The AFL Rising Stars game wasn’t kind to Gerrit Cole. The Pittsburgh Pirates right hander was hit for two home runs and five runs total, getting just two outs before being lifted due to a single inning pitch limit.
Cole started off by giving up a double to Kevin Mattison. The ball bounced past the first baseman, and Mattison hustled his way to a double. Cole’s next pitch...
Four Pirates free agents have qualified for Type B status. These guys range in terms of risk but in my opinion the Pirates should offer all four arbitration. First is Derrek Lee. He won’t accept. It seems pretty obvious that Mr. Lee served his time, and did it well. He has built some good [...]
You know what? I'm tired of being negative about this off-season. I still don't think that things are going to play out terribly well for the Pirates this winter, but I also don't think I've done a good job of making it clear that I don't think the Pirates are breaking up the 1927 Yankees again. Ronny Cedeno and Ryan Doumit and Paul Maholm and Garrett Jones (should...
One scout in the AFL said that Cole's fastball is better than Stephen Strasburg's.
Most of the hype coming out of the Arizona Fall League for Pittsburgh Pirates prospects has been dominated by Robbie Grossman. The outfield prospect is either leading, or is in the top five of every offensive category, posting a .375/.474/.615 line in 96 at-bats. However, the latest talk...
The MLB Movember Mustache Madness Wild Card bracket is only getting wilder. We've already seen some ridiculous fake mustaches, but now we reel it in a bit to see some somewhat believable fake facial follicles face off.
He has to get extra credit for actually wearing the fake mustache while playing, right?
A washed up right fielder...
Not too much going on in the Winter Leagues tonight… the Australians play tonight (for them) or early morning (for us)
Tigres de Aragua 1, Leones del Caracas 0
In the battle of the big cats, Los Leones were held to just 3 hits, plus one walk, and two double plays eliminated two of those base runners. Pirates’ DH Ramon Cabrera had one of the hits...