Found January 08, 2014 on
Tampa Bay Rays
The very second that the Pirates were eliminated from the NLDS by the Cardinals this was a true statement about the Pirates' outlook for 2014:
If the Pirates are going to be better in 2014 than they were in 2013, it'll be because they get a full season of Gerrit Cole, because of Starling Marte's evolution as a hitter and Gregory Polanco's development into a big league player, because Jameson Taillon has a similar year next year to the one Cole had this year, and because guys like Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez avoid taking steps backwards when it seems like it'd be relatively easy for both of them to do so.
That's all still true on January 8th, even though the Pirates have failed to replace Garrett Jones at first base, elected to retry last year's ugly Jose Tabata/Travis Snider experiment in right field, and still don't really have any good indication as to what's going on in AJ Burnett's head. Last year's Pirates relied quite a bi...
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Tweet Last year the Pittsburgh Pirates were among the better stories of the Major League Baseball season. With eventual National League MVP Andrew McCutchen and Comeback Player of the Year Francisco Liriano leading the way the Pirates finished with a 94-68 record and advanced to the postseason for the first time since 1992. It was their first time...
The Pittsburgh Pirates won 94 games last season and made it to the post season for the first time since 1992. A key contributor to the rotation was right-handed veteran A.J. Burnett, who posted a 10-11 record with a 3.30 ERA. He lead the Pirates in innings pitched and in strikeouts. But the Pirates may have to do without Burnett, as there is a possibility he may retire. Rotoworld...
In what could quite possibly be the worst news you have read about all day, the Pittsburgh Pirates announced Wednesday their plan to ditch the iconic Jolly Roger pirate in favor of the gold "P" emblem.Although the current design (seen above) has been around since 1997, the storied franchise has been using some version of the scowling pirate since the 1930s. The good news...
1. Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
Andrew McCutchen has proven to be one of the premier hitters in the game this season, serving as the driving offensive force behind the Pittsburgh Pirates’ return from irrelevancy.
For the first time since 1992, the Pirates finished the regular season with a winning record. Better yet, the Pirates finished just three games out of the...
Strong recent drafts coupled with value-focused efforts in Latin America helped lift the Pirates to their first No. 1 farm-system ranking in the Baseball America Prospect Handbook, which has been published since 2000 and will be available in February.
“It's good to have depth, but what you want to have is that depth of future regulars. Guys who are going to get 500 at-bats...
The face behind the "Curse of the Andino" will be taking his talents to Florida this spring, as the Pittsburgh Pirates announced they have reached an agreement with infielder Robert Andino on a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.The #Pirates have signed INF Robert Andino to a minor league contract, which includes an invite to Major League spring training...
The Pirates still haven’t made any significant moves lately, but there’s been a fair amount of Bucco news early this week:
For the first time ever, PNC Park will host an ESPN Sunday Night Baseball game this season – May 11 vs the Cards at 8:05. This more of an interesting note than a legitimately big deal, but it is nice to see the Bucs finally get one of those. They made...
Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Wandy Rodriguez made only 12 starts in 2013 before landing on the disabled list on June 6 with a strained left forearm. He tried to rehab enough to pitch again in the Pirates' first winning season and postseason appearance since 1992, but he could not overcome the strain. He shut it down completely in October to rest his arm. Now, Rodriguez has...
A simple session of long toss usually isn't anything for a pitcher to get nervous about. But Pirates left-hander Wandy Rodriguez admits he was on edge a few weeks ago when he picked up a ball and went to throw.
“I was thinking in my mind, ‘Is the pain still there?'” Rodriguez said Tuesday. “I threw nice and easy and didn't feel anything. It was a relief. Right...
Pitching coach Ray Searage wanted to get a thorough look at left-hander Wandy Rodriguez during a long-toss session Tuesday, but the weather did not cooperate.
The sky was sunny and blue above Pirate City on the second day of minicamp, but the temperature hovered only in the mid-30s with a stiff wind that made it feel several degrees colder. To cut down on the risk of injury, Searage...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed infielder Robert Andino to a minor league contract, which also includes an invitation to Major League spring training as a non-roster player.
The Pirates announced some changes to their logo on Wednesday, which created some confusion around the ‘Burgh based on how it was reported. The team is making the gold “P” the official primary logo, replacing the Pirate with the red bandana and the gold lettering on top. Some people have misunderstood this to mean that the Jolly Roger is going away. The Jolly Roger is not...