Found February 07, 2012 on
Babes Love Baseball:
It's about time to kick off one of our favorite things in all the world: Season Previews. Five years ago, they began as a semi-serious analysis and ended up as half-assed haiku. We're just gonna go with what we know. Moving right along with our preview of the National League Central, here is the tentative Pittsburgh Pirates forecast.
The average fan
Has never heard of these guys
So try to keep up
and Nate McLouth in center
James McDonald and
Daniel McCutchen's relief
Sounds McGood to me
Neil Walker and
Clint Barmes up the middle
Garret Jones at first
Hit .191 last year
Wow what an athlete
Jeff Karstens, Erik Bedard
and Charlie Morton
Perhaps Brad Lincoln
Would like a shot at having
a huge ERA
Tabata in right
Alex Presley in left field
Pirates in last place
All joking aside
Not sure how Bucs fans survive
Hang in there people
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The latest farm system rankings to come out belong to Keith Law, who released his top 30 farm system rankings today (ESPN Insider subscription required). In the description, Law noted that the top tier of talent for the Pirates was very strong, but that the system lacked depth, which he said was surprising considering the high draft positions and the amount of money they’ve spent...
First, news broke yesterday that Edwin Jackson turned down a three year deal from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Then just a couple of hours ago today, the story came out that Roy Oswalt said "thanks, but no thanks" to the Pirates approaching him wanting to talk. So why don't players want to play in Pittsburgh?
There's a culture of losing in Pittsburgh. The streak is...
Two weeks ago Pirates Prospects celebrated its third birthday. That seems kind of incredible to me, because it seems like I’ve been running this site for longer than three years. It’s also incredible because three years ago I would have never thought this would be my job.
I started the site to provide resources for Pirates fans to use. Some of those resources are staples of the...
Plenty of star power among former Pittsburgh Pirates born on this date but we start with the current player celebrating a birthday today. Pedro Alvarez turns 25 today. He was the first round draft pick of the Pirates in 2008, second overall. Pedro split his first season between high-A and AA, hitting .288 with 27 homers and 95 RBI’s. He moved to AAA for 2010 and in 66 games hit...
Four former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date but before I get to them I will briefly mention four players I inadvertently left off yesterday. Charlie Jackson(1894) outfielder for the 1917 Pirates, Bill Steinecke(1907) a catcher for the 1931 Pirates, Felipe Montemayor(1928) outfielder for the 1953,1955 Pirates and Juan Pizzaro(1937) pitcher for the 1967-68 Pirates were...
Tom Singer of MLB.com reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates will look into left handed reliever Clay Rapada. Rapada was designated for assignment today by the Baltimore Orioles. If the Pirates were to add him, it would either have to be via a waiver claim, or through a trade. Either way, they’d have to clear a 40-man roster spot.
Rapada has 52.2 innings in the majors, and the results...
At the Hardball Times today, Chris Jaffe has a "fun" article that deals with little-known facts about one-hitters. Fun is in scare-quotes because the very first fact is about guys that have more than one game in their career with the only hit in a one-hitter. Neil Walker has fewer hits than anyone to have accomplished this (he did it once in 2010 and once in 2011). That...
I thought that the Pittsburgh Pirates had hit rock bottom when they signed Clint Barmes to a two year, $10.5 million deal this offseason. He is coming off a year in which he hit .244, only played 123 games, hit 12 HR’s and stole 3 bases, and struck out more than twice as often as he walked. Aside from an uncharacteristic season in 2008 in which he hit .290, the 33 year old Barmes...
Former Duquesne reliever Joe Beimel went 1-1 with a 5.33 ERA in 35 games with the Pirates last year.
Well, the Pirates have apparently been making a last-ditch effort to make a big splash and improve their pitching this season, but it didn’t work. They went after free agents Edwin Jackson and Roy Oswalt, but Jackson signed with the Nationals instead and Oswalt “rebuffed” their offers to join a bidding war.
Both would have been welcome additions – they’re relatively big...
We heard some rumblings about the Pirates possibly inquiring on starter A.J. Burnett earlier this offseason, but it did not amount to much. Today, Ken Rosenthal wrote that the Pirates are believed to be one team that is considering a trade for the highly paid veteran.
First off, Burnett has a list of 10 teams he put on his no trade list. Amazingly, the Pirates are not among those...
Joel Hanrahan hopes to rise above the checkered encore history of the team's few iconic closers. Evan Meek hopes to rebound from his own more-recent injury history. Slay those two demons, and the Pirates bullpen will again be one of the strongest pillars of contention.
As I guessed about a month ago, a 34-year old pitcher who's maybe got three seasons left in him is completely uninterested in throwing away one of those seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. So it goes.