Found October 27, 2011 on Pirates Prospects:
Born on this date in 1922 was one of the greatest sluggers in baseball history, Pirates outfielder Ralph Kiner. They signed Kiner as an amateur free agent in 1941 but partly due to the war he did not make his major league debut until 1946. He would lead the NL in home runs that seasons with a surprisingly low total of just 23 which would’ve ranked him 6th in the AL. The following season he left no doubt that his rookie year was not a fluke as he hit 51 homers. Over the next five seasons he would prove again and again he was the NL king starting his career with seven straight home run crowns. He had 294 homers at that point, an average of 42 per year to begin his career. In 1953 both Kiner and the Pirates started off slow. On June 3rd after beating the Cubs to move to 15-28 on the season the two teams worked out a major deal sending Kiner (who had just 7 homers) and three players to Chicago in exchange for six players and $150,000 coming to the Pirates. The trade worked out well in t...

Should the Pirates Buy Out Ronny Cedeno?

Should the Pirates buy out Ronny Cedeno's option? MLB Trade Rumors has been releasing their 2012 Free Agent and Trade Market reviews, and looked at the shortstop position in their most recent update.  Among the updates, they listed Ronny Cedeno as a guy who could have his option declined by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Two weeks ago I looked at the shortstop options on the market...

Winter Leagues 10/26 — Thompson’s Debut

A few Pirates’ players and friends in winter league action: DOMINICAN LEAGUE Aguilas Cibaenas  5,  Toros del Este  2 Starter Aaron Thompson, who pitched for both Altoona and Indianapolis in 2011, made his Dominican League debut tonight, joining manager Dean Treanor’s Toros.  Thompson got off to a good start, allowing just one single over the first two innings.  He gave up...

This Date in Pirates History: October 28

Born on this date in 1935 was longtime Pirates pitcher Bob Veale, who played for the team from 1962-72. Veale was signed as a free agent out of college in 1958 and the Pirates sent him to the California League where he struggled with his command, walking 55 batters in 63 innings. He was just as wild his second season but much more effective lowering his ERA by almost two runs from...

Team Fielding Series: Pittsburgh Pirates

Unfortunately, the final record for the Pittsburgh Pirates did not accurately reflect the progress they made this season. They played meaningful games after the all-star break for the first time since 1997. Pitching was cited as the main reason for the Pirates success, but good pitching does not happen without good fielding. When you look at the recent history of the...

Ronny Cedeno is on Twitter…

…and this is his profile picture: Stay Thirsty my friends. Follow him @ronny_cedeno, but be prepared to brush up on your Spanish. ©2011 Raise the Jolly Roger. All Rights Reserved..

AFL Recap 10/27: Inman Gives Up Walk Off HR to Harper

The Mesa Solar Sox lost 8-7 to Scottsdale after a walk off homer from Bryce Harper off of Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Jeff Inman.  Inman, pitching in his second game in three days, came on to get the save for Mesa in the bottom of the ninth, up 7-5.  He gave up a lead off single to Mike Trout, then gave up a one out single two batters later, bringing Harper to the plate as the...

Winter Leagues 10/27 — (Everyone Is Watching Game 6)

Just a little bit of winter league action for Pirates’ players and friends today… the Dominican League had a scheduled day off. VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Caribes de Anzoategui  3,  Bravos de Margarita  1 Not a lot of offense in this game — just 2 hits for Los Bravos and 6 hits for Los Caribes.  Los Bravos scored their only run in the top of the 5th, on a walk and three errors by...

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...

The Pirates' Minor League Pitchers and Learning Control

When I was writing up my prospect lists last week, I noticed that I was writing a variation of one thing over and over again: "This guy has good control for his level," or "For his age, his control is very advanced." That's what makes Nick Kingham such an interesting prospect despite not pitching in a full season yet. That's what makes Jameson Taillon...


I hope you've all been watching the World Series. It doesn't happen much when it comes to baseball, but I'm almost completely speechless right now. And besides a World Series with the Pirates in it, I can't imagine that baseball could make me much happier than it has in these last three weeks. 
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