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Pittsburgh Pirates: The right move was no move?!?

(Follow me on Twitter @jim_krug; opening image credit Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Over the past 7 games, the mathematical percentage of the Pittsburgh Pirates reaching the National League playoffs  has dropped from over 60% down to just 20.8% during a 7-game losing streak that’s seen the club not only sink to 64-62, but also descend back to .500 baseball (21-21) since July 1st....
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 120: Tigers 8 Pirates 4

For all of the good things that Neal Huntington and his front office have done for this Pirate franchise in the past few years, it’s easy to wonder if maybe they aren’t a victim of their own hubris when it comes to the Pirate bullpen in 2014. The Pirates have had plenty of luck finding relievers in all kinds of places over the past couple of years, but in the past 12 months...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

The New and Improved Vanimal

Jim Benedict has done it again. Benedict is a Special Assistant to Pittsburgh Pirates GM Neal Huntington. The title does little to describe what he actually does. Benedict rebuilds pitchers. He is a guru at taking formerly successful pitchers that have lost their way and putting them back on the right path. The success stories attributed to Benedict’s coaching include Charlie ...
Via Hidden Vigorish
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Trade Deadline Blues

The July 31st 4pm MLB non-waiver trade deadline came and went without the Pittsburgh Pirates making any moves. The Pirates were rumored to be involved in discussions for nearly every major top of the rotation pitcher that was on the market. At various points this week the Pirates were considered front runners to land Jon Lester and David Price. In the end they were trumped by Oakland...
Via Hidden Vigorish
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates Rumors: Neal Huntington and “The Big Move”

Pittsburgh Pirates With this year’s trade deadline approaching, the Pittsburgh Pirates have found themselves right in the thick of the playoff race.  What was once an unheard of concept, the Pirates have now been buyers at the trade deadline for the fourth year running. Names such as Ryan Ludwick, Wandy Rodriguez, and Marlon Byrd have all been added to the roster by GM Neal Huntington...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

News and notes: Huntington, Byrd, Burnett, McCutchen

The MLB General Manager meetings are under way this week, and while that’s not much of an event, it has generated some hot stove talk. It also generated the Executive of the Year award, which Pirates GM Neal Huntington did not win — a mild surprise, to Pirates fans at least. Huntington finished second to Boston’s Ben Cherington. Cherington, of course, led the Red Sox from...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
November 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates GM Neal Huntington Talks Deadline: 13 Most Important Points

Pirates GM Neal Huntington (right) is looking to the future holding players like first-rounder Austin Meadows (Courtesy: Pittsburgh Pirates) Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said he was “willing to do something stupid” at the MLB Trade Deadline, but not “insane.” The prevailing sentiment from his post-deadline press conference Wednesday was that he made many offers...
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July 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Announcement timing becoming predictable

Over the past few years, fans paying close attention to the Pittsburgh Pirates’ timing of their announcements have detected a pattern:  When the Pirates have negative or controversial news to break, they tend to wait until huge national news stories surface, so that they can slide their news in under the radars of a rightfully disenchanted fan base. Originally, the Pirates...
Via isportsweb.com
November 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Neal Huntington Should Be Fired

I want to be on record before the final couple of the weeks of the season play out: Neal Huntington should be fired. I hope this team doesn’t lose a game the rest of the season. I hope that the Buccos sweep through the playoffs and win the World Series in four games. I hope that, after winning it all in 2012, the Pirates go on a nearly generation long streak of victorious seasons...
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September 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Jeff Karstens- Gem of the Yankee trade

Follow me on Twitter @jim_krug One of GM Neal Huntington’s most talked about trades during his first full season was the July, 2008 deal that sent OF Xavier Nady and RP Damaso Marte to the New York Yankees, netting four Pinstripe farmhands in return.  Controversy swirled around the transaction when it was re-worked at the last minute, swapping out 2 of the 4 chips the Pirates...
Via isportsweb.com
July 06, 2012  |  Discuss
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