Projecting the Prospects in the Dickerson/McGee Trade

In something of a curious trade, the Rockies flipped Corey Dickerson to the Rays for Jake McGee. Those two players were the headliners of the deal, but they weren’t the only two players involved. Also changing hands were third baseman Kevin Padlo and hard-throwing righty German Marquez, who head to the Rays and Rockies, respectively. Here’s what my fancy computer math says about...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryan Braun 'a couple weeks behind' schedule in recovery from back surgery

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is playing catch-up as he prepares for spring training.The 32-year-old right fielder tells the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that he has gotten a late start to his offseason training after undergoing surgery on his lower back to repair a herniated disc in October."I just got cleared to do rotational exercises about two weeks ago, so [I] just started...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Jonathan Lucroy hopes Brewers will trade him to contender

    Jonathan Lucroy is one of the best catchers in baseball and finished fourth in National League MVP voting in 2014. If he gets his wish, he will be playing his home games somewhere other than Milwaukee this upcoming season. The Brewers spent 133 games in or tied for first place in the National League Central in 2014. Then came a late season collapse that saw them lose 22...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates searching for cleanup hitter behind Andrew McCutchen

Offloads in the offseason have created a void in the Pittsburgh Pirates' batting order – an important spot to protect perennial All-Star Andrew McCutchen.After parting ways with sluggers Pedro Alvarez, Neil Walker, and Aramis Ramirez, the Pirates have a major conundrum at the cleanup spot in their batting order that they'll need to address before Opening Day 2016.Although Pittsburgh...
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January 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon hasn’t accomplished anything yet

Let me start this off with a riddle: What do Joe Maddon, Lou Piniella, and Dusty Baker have in common? Stay tuned for the answer. Dusty Baker came to Chicago in 2003 with much fanfare after taking the San Francisco Giants to the World Series in 2002. Baker brought new-found hope to the city of Chicago and Cubs fans after a 95-loss season. In his initial press conference, he uttered...
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November 23, 2015  |  Discuss

StaTuesday: Final Brewers defensive ratings

Back in late July, we presented the initial results of the Society of American Baseball's (SABR) Defensive Index rankings (SDI), so we figured we should follow up with the final ratings, which were released last week. As we mentioned over the summer, according to SABR, these rankings account for roughly 25 percent of the selection process used in determining each season's Gold Glove...
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November 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Brewers have two major positions to address this offseason

Aramis Ramirez (left) and Carlos Gomez, who were both traded in 2015, celebrate a run as members of the Milwaukee Brewers. Mike McGinnis Getty ImagesThe Milwaukee Brewers are at the onset of a rebuilding project, but as they work on reassembling their organization, there are two main areas they'll need to address on their major-league squad this offseason.After trading Aramis Ramirez...
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November 11, 2015  |  Discuss

So long, Aramis: Ramirez officially retires after 18 seasons

Late last week, 37-year-old third baseman Aramis Ramirez officially announced his retirement. It was a decision he had already stated publicly, but he confirmed it once the World Series ended. As quoted by Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes, Ramirez reiterated the decision on the radio last Thursday: Ramirez, reacquired by the Pittsburgh Pirates for their late-season stretch run, appeared...
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November 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Upon the Retirement of Aramis Ramirez, Great Cub

I remember exactly where I was for the greatest moment of Aramis Ramirez’s career, one of the most memorable games in the past decade of the Chicago Cubs. The promise of the 2006-07 offseason remained unfulfilled on June 29, 2007, as the Cubs scuffled midseason, a game below the .500 mark and 7.5 out of […]
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November 06, 2015  |  Discuss

So Long, Aramis Ramirez: Inside A “Hall of Very Good” Career

Longtime major league third baseman Aramis Ramirez officially announced his retirement today following an impressive 18-year career. Ramirez made his major league debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 26, 1998 at just 19-years-old. He spent the first five-and-a-half seasons of his career with the Pirates and experienced his breakthrough season in 2001 when he hit […]
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November 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Castro: Ramirez Called Me After Benching

Despite the fact that many Cubs fans (and mustachioed commentators) love to hate Starlin Castro in the same, definitely-not-racist-at-all way they hated Aramis Ramirez, they're two of my favorite players. So I got a little emotional when I read that Aramis reached out to encourage Starlin after his demotion to the very deep Chicago Cubs bench. I love what Ramirez told him*: ...
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October 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Six keys to victory for Cubs-Pirates NL Wild Card game

The moment all NL Central fans have predicted is finally here. The Chicago Cubs are in the playoffs for the first time since 2008, and the Pittsburgh Pirates hope to capitalize on their first 98-win season since 1991. With the newly designed playoff format, the marathon MLB season comes down to just one play-in wild card game on Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. What will it take...
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October 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Who makes the Wild Card roster? How about the lineup?

As you likely know by now (since we’re certainly not new to this Wild Card Game thing), the Pirates need to set a 25-man playoff roster for Wednesday night against the Cubs. If they advance, they’ll get to set a whole new roster for the next series against St. Louis – so the WCG roster will look a little different. It’ll be specifically designed for one game. On one hand...
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October 05, 2015  |  Discuss

NERD Game Scores for Friday, October 2, 2015

Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by viscount of the internet Rob Neyer, and expanded at the request of nobody, NERD scores represent an attempt to summarize in one number (and on a scale of 0-10) the likely aesthetic appeal or watchability, for the learned fan, of a player or team or game. Read more about the components of and formulae for NERD scores here. *...
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October 02, 2015  |  Discuss

The Pittsburgh Pirates Reel Off Five Straight To Clinch A Postseason Berth

Wednesday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 13-7 to clinch a trip to the postseason.The interesting part is that they’ve won with their superstar’s, Andrew McCutchen, bat essentially nullified by the walk. Most impressively, the Buccos have found a way to win every one of the last five nights without Cutch as a major factor. Last night, Neil Walker was the...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates' Ramirez sits out after tweaking left groin

DENVER (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates are keeping third baseman Aramis Ramirez out of the lineup for precautionary reasons Wednesday night against Colorado after he tweaked his left groin while running the bases the night before. Ramirez had an RBI triple in the fourth inning Tuesday and then played in the field the next two innings before exiting. He said Wednesday he learned a valuable...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

No clinch, no problem

The Pirates didn’t quite clinch that playoff spot on Tuesday – it was the theme of the night on ROOT Sports, with the magic number being down to two (now one) and the Nationals losing, but thanks to a late night Giants win, it’ll have to wait. And that’s fine (the team didn’t wait around). Obviously, it’s a formality at this point, and now the Pirates can do it with...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates 3B Ramirez leaves game with groin tightness

DENVER (AP) Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Aramis Ramirez has left Tuesday's game against the Colorado Rockies with tightness in his left groin. Ramirez had an RBI triple and scored in the fourth inning. He played the field the next two innings and started an inning-ending double play in the fifth. Neil Walker pinch-hit for Ramirez in the top of the sixth. Ramirez, acquired from...
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September 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Why an NL Central Team will win the World Series

The NL Central will have three of its five teams in the MLB playoffs — the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates. With the Cardinals most likely winning the division, the Cubs and Pirates will face each other in the dramatic one-game Wild Card playoff. The Cardinals have been a World Series favorite since April, but the Pirates and Cubs have proved they are...
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September 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates' Aramis: 'Really means a lot' to be back with winning Bucs

Before the 2015 season, then-Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez said that this season will be his last.He's certainly making it count in the place he started his career.From 1998 to 2003, Ramirez played in a Pittsburgh Pirates uniform, never having a winning season on his resume.Now, in 2015, the Pirates are a much different team, in the middle of a division race and...
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September 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Liriano outpitches Kershaw as Pirates edge Dodgers 3-2

LOS ANGELES (AP) Aramis Ramirez hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning, Andrew McCutchen doubled home two runs, and the Pittsburgh Pirates ended a four-game skid with a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night. Pittsburgh climbed within four games of NL Central-leading St. Louis following the Cardinals' 5-4 loss at Chicago. The Pirates remained a game ahead...
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September 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Hard slide by Chris Coghlan ends Jung Ho Kang’s season

The Pittsburgh Pirates were dealt a massive blow on Thursday when a hard slide into second base by Chris Coghlan of the Chicago Cubs injured Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang, fracturing his tibia and tearing his MCL. Obviously, this isn’t good for the Pirates. In his rookie year, Kang was hitting .287/.355/.461 with 15 homers for Pittsburgh, playing third base and shortstop for...
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September 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Checking back: Brewers trading deadline results

The Milwaukee Brewers made several deals at this year's trading deadline. We take a quick look back at how Milwaukee has done so far with the players they received and how the former Brewers have fared with their new clubs. ARAMIS RAMIREZ FOR JHONATHAN BARRIOS Ramirez Brewers: 81 games, 247/295/430, 11 HR, 42 RBI Pirates: 38 games, 246/293/413, 5 HR, 26 RBI Barrios Biloxi: 16 games...
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September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Game 136: Brewers 6 Pirates 4

If you recall, it was not even two weeks ago when I wrote that the Pirates might have a chance at overtaking the Cardinals in the NL Central if they lost one game per series in August and finished 23-10. They have played ten games since then. They have lost four times to the Brewers. They’ve lost four times in a row to the Brewers since September 1st, seven times in a row to them...
September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Those Left Behind: Five Moments That Mattered From 2015 Cubs Who Didn’t Make It

Remember Rich Hill? He made his major-league debut as a starting pitcher for the Cubs in June of 2005, throwing a lone (and shaky: two runs allowed on three hits) inning against the Marlins on June 15th, and then followed that up with 22 2/3 mostly terrible innings the rest of that season, compiling a 9.13 ERA and a 14.8 percent walk rate on the year. And, for some reason, he...
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September 09, 2015  |  Discuss
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