Found October 25, 2011 on Pirates Prospects:
Born on this date in 1893 was Pirates pitcher Vic Aldridge, who only spent three seasons in Pittsburgh but twice he helped the Pirates to World Series appearances. The Pirates acquired him after the 1924 season as part of a 6 player trade with the Cubs that saw Hall of Famer Rabbit Maranville and the Pirates all-time wins leader, Wilbur Cooper, go to Chicago. Vic had won 47 games in his last three seasons with the Cubs and he didn’t miss a beat with the Pirates, going 15-7 and helping them to a World Series appearance. He went 2-0 in the series although he couldn’t get out of the first inning of game seven, allowing four runs but the Pirates came back to win. He had a down year in 1926 going just 10-13 but bounced back in 1927 again helping the Pirates to the WS with his 15 wins. He lost his only start of the series in what was his last game for the Pirates. Just prior to spring 1928 the Pirates traded Aldridge straight up for Burleigh Grimes. Vic won 4 games that year, his last in ...

Winter Leagues 10/25 — Big Hits For Hague, Marte Homers

Looking at some Pirates players and friends in Monday’s winter league action: VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Caribes de Anzoategui  4, Bravos de Margarita  3 A run in the bottom of the 8th broke a 3-3 tie and gave Los Caribes the win, despite being out-hit by Margarita, 11-8.  A walk and a single opened the bottom of the 8th for Los Caribes.  CF Gorkys Hernandez dropped down a bunt, which...

Lobbying For the Wrong Move to Be Made

A week from today, Maholm will most likely be a free agent. The Texas Rangers took a 3-2 lead in the World Series last night, and could potentially win it all on Wednesday.  If they lose, that means the series will be decided on Thursday.  For the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the other 27 teams that are waiting for the off-season to begin, this means that we will start to see the first...

This Date in Pirates History: October 26

It’s a light day for the players born on this date who have played for the Pirates, just four players who played a combined total of 22 games for the Pirates so I threw a bonus one in at the end. Starting off with the oldest player of the bunch,pitcher Bill Garfield, who played for Pittsburgh in 1889, was born on this date in 1867. The 1889 Pittsburgh Alleghenys were not a horrible...

Pirates Prioritizing Finding a Catcher, Yankees a Match

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have prioritized finding a catcher this off-season, and speculates that the New York Yankees could be a match.  Sherman mentions that the Yankees are expected to keep Russell Martin, and that Jesus Montero will be his primary backup.  He says that the Yankees could dangle Austin Romine, although they prefer him...

News and notes

A few notes as the World Series wraps up… Out in Arizona, Robbie Grossman is still destroying the ball and Gerrit Cole had a much better second outing. Don’t forget to check their progress on the AFL Tracker page, which is updated daily. There were a few mini-rumors over the past couple days loosely connecting the Pirates Edwin Jackson and Francisco Cervelli. I wouldn’t put...


I know I sound like a broken record when I make posts like this, but I saw Charlie's post tonight about "punting" and since I've been wanting to build on my own post from ten days ago on the same subject, this seems like a good chance. The Pirates are at a crossroads right now. When Neal Huntington took over after the 2007 season, the Pirates were in bad shape...

Winter League updates: 10/26

Since I haven't had a chance yet, let's take a tour around the various winter and fall leagues and see how the Pirates are doing, both here and overseas. This isn't necessarily a comprehensive look since I'm just visually scanning rosters, so let me know if I missed anyone. Arizona Fall LeagueYou probably don't need me to tell you this, but Robbie Grossman is...
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