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What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2012 title for all 30 teams.
"Same Old Pirates." For a long time, every single glimmer of hope on Pittsburgh's North Shore was followed with that phrase. A good trade followed by an injury. A promising draft pick resulting in a bust. A first place surge in July followed by a historically bad August. Every year, the Same Old Pirates seemed to find a way out, and so you'll forgive me if I need just a minute or two for this to sink in.
In March, we saw the slim Pedro Alvarez for the first time. Early on in the spring, he took three straight pitches to fall behind in the count 1-2, then waved weakly at a curveball in the dirt for strike three. Same Old Pirates. Except that next time up, he expected a curve with the first pitch, stuck with it, and laced it through the left side of the infield for a sin...
BEST OF MAXIM
Yesterday I looked at the 2013 payroll in a way-too-early projection. It’s hard getting an estimate for the 2012 payroll, and that’s only a few months away. The 2013 payroll seemed impossible due to all of the variables that can take place between now and the start of the 2013 season. So the 2014 payroll would be impossible to project. But we’re not looking for accuracy here...
The organization has some true star power at the top of its minor league depth chart but things begin to peter out after the Top 3 prospects and the cupboard is rather bare by the end of the Top 15. The downside to the system is that the majority of the high-ceiling talent is currently in A-ball or lower so it will be a little while before the fan base begins to reap the benefits...
Only one former Pittsburgh Pirates player born on this date and no major transactions so Otis Clymer, right fielder for the 1905-07 Pirates, takes center stage today. He was born in 1876 and didn’t make his major league debut until 1905 when the Pirates signed him away from the Buffalo Bisons of the Eastern League. His minor league career up to that point consisted of just that...
Six former Pittsburgh Pirates born on this date and we start with Emil Yde, a starting pitcher for the 1925 Pirates team that won the World Series. He spent three seasons in the minors before making his debut with the 1924 Pirates. Yde had gone 28-12 in 47 games and 339 innings for the Oklahoma City Indians of the Western League in 1923. The Pirates acquired him for minor league...
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Good morning. Through my sources, I have acquired what appears to be a rejection letter from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, sent to a “Mr. Williams.” I can only assume this refers to a frequent Pittsburgh Pirates’ contributor of the same name, but I could be mistaken. Read on, and decide for yourself:
Mr. Williams Patent...
Here’s the proof:
Whatever you say, guys.
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It's hard to avoid the conclusion at this point that the Pirates won't be making any more significant upgrades to their rotation. In the last few weeks two guys they seemed to have targeted this winter based on prior connections to Clint Hurdle -- Aaron Cook and Jeff Francis -- both signed minor league deals with contenders. Former Pirate Paul Maholm signed a very reasonable...
The Mexican Pacific and Puerto Rican Leagues are just waiting for the Caribbean Series (which begins on Feb 2nd), while the Venezuelan and Dominican Leagues are still in their championship series. Just a few Pirates’ players and friends are still in action:
DOMINICAN LEAGUE (best of 9 series)
Aguilas Cibaenas 8, Leones del Escogido 5
Four runs in the top of the...
Looking in on Pirates’ players and friends in Saturday’s winter league playoff games:
Leones del Escogido 5, Aguilas Cibaenas 2
Los Leones again took the lead in this best-of-9 series, with this win over Los Aguilas. Los Leones now lead 4 games to 3, and need one more win to take the championship. Los Aguilas were first onto the scoreboard with 2...