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Determination and deception go hand in hand for some, willing to do anything to play in the Australian Baseball League. An intricate web of lies has been exposed, derailing a plan that was executed over the best part of a year. The result shed two MLB players off the 2011/2012 ABL season, leaving fans and organizers shocked.
Breland Brown, a minor league player who was released by the Diamondbacks in August, is allegedly behind the scam. Brown posed as an agent, endeavoring to secure himself a position on the Sydney Blue Sox roster. To cement the agreement, Brown promised Pittsburg Pirate Xavier Paul to the Brisbane Bandits, in a package deal.
Only problem was, Xavier Paul knew nothing of this exchange and it appears, of Breland Brown himself.
In a bizarre conclusion to his scheme, Breland and his unwitting accomplice Paul failed to show up to their respective teams at the launch of the season, prompting a joint MLB and ABL investigation.
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Checking in with Pirates’ players and friends in Saturday’s winter league action:
Aguilas del Zulia 2, Bravos de Margarita 0
Diego Moreno pitched a 1-2-3 inning for Zulia, as Los Aguilas’ pitching staff held Los Bravos to just 4 hits. Los Aguilas scored a run each of the 2nd and the 4th.
Tigres de Aragua 7, Caribes de Anzoategui 6 (Game...
Not a lot of winter league action on Thursday; both the Dominican and Puerto Rican Leagues had no games scheduled.
Leones del Caracas 6, Tigres de Aragua 1
Five runs in the 7th inning gave the game to Los Leones. After a single, a throwing error, and a double drove in two runs, Los Tigres brought in former Pirate reliever Wil Ledezma. Ledezma got...
First of all, I’m down a couple percentage points and need you to keep voting for me (Brian) to win a scholarship. The voting goes on until Wednesday and although I feel bad about constantly posting about it, you can vote every day so I think it’s still possible to make up the deficit.
Now on to some news and notes:
The Pirates tweeted:
As expected, the Pirates didn’t offer arbitration t...
Friday’s Winter League action for Pirates’ players and friends:
Tigres del Licey 5, Leones del Escogido 0
3B Andy Marte had one of Los Leones’ 6 hits — a single in the 2nd inning, when Los Leones loaded the bases, but left all three runners stranded. That was the closest Escogido came to scoring in the game. Licey scored 2 runs in both the 2nd...
With the signing of Clint Barmes this past week, the Pittsburgh Pirates made their second move to upgrade the 2012 team from the team we saw in 2011. But if you’re expecting a huge upgrade, you’re probably going to be disappointed.
Anyone who takes a look at the available options at catcher and shortstop knows the positions are thin. In fact, anyone who looks at the actual...
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Pittsburgh, PA - Former Waterloo Bucks infielder Clint Barmes signed a free agent deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday. Barmes(pronounced BAR-mus), who played with Waterloo in 1999 and 2000, signed a two-year deal worth $10.5 million, making the 32-year-old middle infielder currently Pittsburgh's highest-paid player going into next year.
The 1905 Pittsburgh Pirates were a strong team and almost any other year they would be winning the National League pennant or at least be giving the first place team a run for their money but the New York Giants that year were a powerhouse team, winning 105 games and their second straight NL title. Unlike 1904 though, when they refused to play in the World Series, the 1905 team played...
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