Found March 26, 2012 on Raise the Jolly Roger!:
Yesterday Neal Huntington essentially announced that Pedro Alvarez will be starting the season with the Pirates if he’s healthy. As you might expect, that has generated a good bit of controversy. We all know how awful Alvarez was last season, and he hasn’t done anything this spring to make me think he’ll be any better this year. I’m still not really sure how I feel about this whole situation. On one hand, it makes all the sense in the world to send Alvarez to AAA to start the year because it almost feels like a guarantee that he’ll struggle in the big leagues right away. Spring training performances don’t usually mean much, but I think Alvarez’s horrible struggles are worth reading into because it’s exactly what we feared (and partially expected).  It’s not some bizarre anomaly we’re only seeing because of a lack of AB’s – it’s the same stuff we saw from him all of last year. Obviously, starting the year with Pedro whiffing away constantly and hurting the team would be an enormous p

Pedro Alvarez will start season in Pittsburgh

#Pirates GM confirms: If healthy, there is NO chance 3B Pedro Alvarez starts season at Triple-A. Yes, even if he’s struggling @ plate. — Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) March 25, 2012   This topic has been heavily debated now for weeks. However, Huntington stated that there have been no internal discussions about Pedro Alvarez not starting the season in Pittsburgh. I am not...

3B Alvarez will remain with Pirates after camp

Pedro Alvarez will remain the Pittsburgh Pirates' starting third baseman, despite a deep batting slump that began last season and has carried over into spring training. In Grapefruit League play, Alvarez is hitting .133 and has struck out in 13 of 30 at-bats. However, two of his four hits were home runs, and general manager Neal Huntington cast aside the notion that Alvarez...

I have no idea what to make of Pedro Alvarez right now

Part three in the intermittently-timed season preview-type posts as the 2012 season approaches.I've started and abandoned at least three different Pedro Alvarez posts this winter. The problem with all of them was that every single time I get the basic Pedro Alvarez facts laid out, I have no idea where to go with them next. Here are the things about Alvarez that I am sure of on...

Spring Training Gameday: Pirates at Astros

Pirates (7-13) at Astros (11-9) 1:05 PM EST–Osceola County Stadium, Kissimmee Radio: 93.7 Here is the Gameday The Bucs face the Astros for the second straight day. This time it’s on the road. Here’s your lineup: tweeted: J.A. Happ will pitch for Houston. ©2012 Raise the Jolly Roger. All Rights Reserved..

Spring Training: The Phils defeat the Pirates in the bottom of the ninth with a walk-off home run, 5-4.

The Phils defeat the Pirates in the bottom of the ninth with a two out, walk-off home run, winning 5-4. The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a man on second, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had started the inning off with a double, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 2-0 lead two batters later as...

Spring Training Gameday: Pirates at Phillies

Pirates (8-14) at Phillies (10-13) 1:05 PM EST–Bright House Field, Clearwater TV: MLB.TV, MLB Network Here is the Gameday The Bucs take on the Phillies today. The Phils will be a familiar foe over the next couple weeks. You can watch on the MLB Network. Chris Resop is starting, as Jeff Karstens will pitch in a minor league game instead.  Cliff Lee will go for Philly. ©2012...

Spring Talk: Pirates

National Baseball Expert Frankie Piliere gives Pirates fans something to look forward to in this video. There are some exciting up-and-comers in the organization headlined by Gerrit Cole. Piliere discusses Cole and others in this preview.

GAMEDAY: Pirates vs. Orioles

Orioles (9-9) at Pirates (8-13) 7:05 PM EST–McKechnie Field, Bradenton TV: ROOT Sports Here is the Gameday The Bucs will be trotting out their Opening Day lineup tonight against the Orioles. You can watch on ROOT Sports – the last ROOT broadcast of the spring. tweeted: Tommy Hunter will start for Baltimore. ©2012 Raise the Jolly Roger. All Rights Reserved..

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