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Braves sign former NFL player

It might not be Deion Sanders, Michael Jordan or Tim Tebow, but the Atlanta Braves made some pretty interesting news on Thursday. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Atlanta has signed former Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Sanders Commings.Really, this is a thing. Commings, originally selected by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, played in only two games...
Via Sportsnaut
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Marte ready to take over in center field for Pirates

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Starling Marte, the guy displacing Andrew McCutchen in center field for the Pittsburgh Pirates this year, hasn't played the position regularly since the minor leagues. Since making his big league debut in 2012, Marte has made all but 42 of his 544 starts in left. An NL Gold Glove winner the past two years, Marte is being shifted by manager Clint Hurdle. ...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen has great reaction on move to right field

Andrew McCutchen’s days as the regular center fielder for the Pirates are over.Since making his major league debut with Pittsburgh in 2009, McCutchen has played in 1,190 career games. He has started 1,171 of them in center field. To say the 30-year-old has been a fixture at the position would be an understatement.There had been speculation during the offseason the Pirates would...
Via Larry Brown Sports
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Starling Marte and the last piece of the puzzle

Here’s something you might not expect: by at least one measure (Baseball-Reference WAR), Starling Marte was the best player on the Pittsburgh Pirates last year. The reason is in the defense, of course, and Baseball Reference uses DRS, which gives more value to Marte’s defense in and less to Andrew McCutchen’s in center. It’s not a consensus opinion (FanGraphs WAR has McCutchen...
Via WHYGAVS?
March 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Starling Marte 2015 Defensive Highlights

Starling Marte is your 2015 NL Gold Glove and MLB Defensive Player of the Year Award winner in LF, which shouldn’t surprise any Pirate fan.  The numbers certainly back it up, but this is one of those cases where you really don’t need to look at a stat sheet for a second to tell how good he is. We enjoyed gems like these from Marte all season (and ever since he reached the majors...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
November 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Offseason in review, part 1

A few thoughts during a Spring Training writing cameo.  (Follow me on Twitter @jim_krug; opening image credit USA Today)  It was over with one swing of the bat; image credit cityofchampionssports As the dust settled on October 2nd after a humbling 8-0 thumping by the San Francisco Giants in the NL Wild Card game, most expected the offseason to bring the departures of both C Russell...
Via isportsweb.com
March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Do the Pittsburgh Pirates have the best outfield in baseball?

As the Pittsburgh Pirates attempt to make the post season for the third consecutive year in 2015, their success will ultimately hinge on the production of their most talented unit: the starting outfield. Often touted as one of the best outfields in all of baseball, the trio of Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen, and Gregory Polanco will need to deliver big numbers if Pittsburgh hopes...
Via isportsweb.com
February 15, 2015  |  Discuss

FG on Fox: Why Starling Marte Might Be an MVP Candidate

Starling Marte was already one of the kings of hidden value. Metrics like Wins Above Replacement (WAR) have loved him, despite his average power, and despite his ugly ratios of strikeouts to walks. One contributing factor has been that he’s played half the time in an extremely pitcher-friendly ballpark, but this goes well beyond that. […]
Via Fangraphs
January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Curve Balls No Longer Kryptonite for Starling Marte

Starling Marte has been red hot since returning from the Disabled List on August 5th. Over his last 32 games he has a triple slash line of .342/.402/.575. But there is more to these numbers from Marte than just a hot stretch. He seems like a completely different hitter. Marte has made adjustments to cut down on his whiffs considerably. Prior to his stint on the DL with a concussion...
Via Hidden Vigorish
September 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Starling Marte the strikeout machine

Pirates left fielder Starling Marte The Pittsburgh Pirates’ offensive woes continue, and Starling Marte has not been much help in the leadoff spot. The left-fielder leads all the major league with 37 strikeouts, just one month into the season. That puts Marte on pace for about 236 strikeouts, according to NBC Sports. This would easily smash Mark Reynolds 223 strikeouts in 2009...
Via isportsweb.com
April 27, 2014  |  Discuss
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