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A.J. Burnett acknowledges that maintaining his superb first-half statistics was unlikely, but he undoubtedly wanted a better showing after the All-Star break than his past two outings. The veteran right-hander will try to end his brief slump and lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to their sixth win in seven games Thursday night against the Cincinnati Reds, whom they've struggled to beat...
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Four All-Stars in Four Days: AJ Burnett and his Gotham need each other

During the very first off-season that this blog existed, the Pirates tried to sign Bill Mueller. I’m having a hard time remembering 100% of the granular details, but what I can piece together from my old blog posts (holy cow — pretty much every stylistic flourish I used to use back then make me shudder) more or less matches my memory of the incident. The Pirates made Mueller...
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher A.J. Burnett Not Sweating Lack of Playing Time in Only Career All Star Game

It has been a long time coming for Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett; 17 seasons to be exact. After 16 he decided that his 17th would be his last. Wouldn't you know it--it has been the best season of his career (to date). So good in fact that he was finally named to an All-Star squad for the first time in his career.With it being his first (and last since he has decided to...
Via FatManWriting
14 days ago  |  Discuss

The Calming Influences of A.J. Burnett

38,000 fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates were lustily booing umpire Vic Carapazza after his phantom foul tip call gave Cardinals’ slugger Mark Reynolds a second chance that he would not waste. Reynolds drove the very next pitch from A.J. Burnett over the left field wall to stake the Cards to a 1-0 second inning lead. PNC Park was a powder keg ready to explode. Francisco Cervelli...
Via Hidden Vigorish
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher A.J. Burnett Hits First Home Run in Close to a Decade

Pitchers are supposed to save their arms for pitching. They are not meant to be big, brawny guys that go after batting titles or anything. Typically their batting averages are among the worst in the league, and they are certainly not known for hitting the long ball--but Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett sure got a hold of one Saturday night against the Cardinals.It's only the fourth home...
Via FatManWriting
17 days ago  |  Discuss

This is what AJ Burnett came back for

After a year in baseball purgatory, AJ Burnett made a beeline back to the Pirates in the hopes of closing out his career on a winning baseball team. Today, Burnett gets the ball with a chance to move the Pirates within 3 1/2 games of the first place Cardinals in front of a national TV audience and a full house at PNC Park. I’m sure that Burnett’s happy with the way he’s started...
18 days ago  |  Discuss

PHOTO: Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher A.J. Burnett To Wear Custom Batman Cleats During All-Star Game

Pirates  starting pitcher A.J. Burnett has had some really good seasons and he has had some really bad seasons. After 17 years in baseball he is having one of his best yet; good enough to get him his first All-Star nod courtesy of NL manager  Bruce Bochy. Rather than treat it like any other game he has decided to commemorate it with some custom Batman cleats."Self expression is...
Via FatManWriting
18 days ago  |  Discuss

At 38, A.J. Burnett is having his best season yet

A.J. Burnett has pitched for five teams over his 17-year career and has seen both success and failure. Now, at 38-years-old, Burnett is putting together his greatest season to date. After coming off a year in which he went 8-18 with a 4.59 earned run average pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies, Burnett decided to come back to the team he found success with in 2012 and 2013, the...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
19 days ago  |  Discuss

AJ Burnett looks to give Pirates a series win over the Reds

It was exactly one week ago that we were all giddy that the Pirates had finally winnowed their NL Central deficit down to four games. The Pirates have lost five of six since then, and are now seven games behind the Cardinals. The grand effect of these losses is that much of the ground they made up on the Cardinals by winning 21 of 25 has been wiped away (they had made up a total...
June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

A.J. Burnett rekindles his youth for the Pittsburgh Pirates

What a difference a year and a new team make. At the end of last season, it looked as if pitcher A.J. Burnett was on his way to retirement. At 37 years-old, the pitcher was struggling to stay afloat for the Philadelphia Phillies with a 8-18 record, a 4.59 ERA, and led the league in walks at 96. This was a far cry from the pitcher that used to be the “go to” player in the rotation...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
June 15, 2015  |  Discuss

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