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Storylines: Baltimore-Washington television dispute continues

In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @AndrewIBI. Here are the stories from Monday, Aug. 18.  Tribe News: Jordan Bastian of MLB.com (via Fangraphs) reported that Carlos Santana's 4.0 UZR/150 is the...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

MLB Bat Speed Measured During Live Event For First Time

Curious to know how fast a hitter is getting his bat around? Or how square the ball hit the bat? Thanks to new technology from Zepp Labs, fans and players are able to. Live. That’s right, live. The Triple-A home run derby gave us our first ever live look in to bat speed and impact. Zepp Labs had their devices placed on the bats to capture 3D swing analysis data. At first, you...
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July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 93: Reds 6 Pirates 5

I have a few thoughts: Yup, I think it’s time to have “that” conversation with Pedro Alvarez. I wonder if the Mets will trade Blake Taylor back for Ike Davis? I really don’t think it’s ideal to look at a pitcher who’s given up four hits in a row and already blown a two-run lead and think, “Hey, maybe he’ll get the fifth guy out” with the game on the line. I know...
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July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Starling Marte goes on bereavement list

The Pirates placed outfielder Starling Marte on the bereavement list Wednesday because of the death or illness of a family member and called up infielder Matt Hague from Class AAA Indianapolis to take his place. Marte must spend at least three days, but no more than seven, on the bereavement list. The Pirates selected the contract of Hague, who was not on the 40-man roster, and...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Tonight’s goal: do better

Look, I can’t spend much more time talking about the bullpen or the Pirates’ record against the non-Cubs teams in the NL Central. The bullpen needs to pitch better in close games that they don’t have a lead in, and the Pirates need to win games against the Cardinals, Cubs, and Reds. That’s it. Starling Marte is not with the team tonight, as he’s headed back to the Dominican...
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July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: first base options

Pittsburgh Pirates: first base options    Matt Hague First base is likely the Pittsburgh Pirates most questionable position this spring, and GM Neal Huntington failed to improve it over the off season. The Pirates have expressed that they have faith in Gaby Sanchez as an everyday first baseman, but there appears to be some competition with Andrew Lambo, Matt Hague and Chris McGuiness...
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March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Matt Hague Drives In Three Runs

In the Dominican on Wednesday night, Matt Hague drove in three runs in his team’s 8-2 win. Hague finished the game 2-for-5 with a run scored. He is hitting .304 with seven RBI’s in 46 AB’s. Kennelly reached base three times in his season debut In Australia, Sam Kennelly made his season debut for the Perth Heat and had a strong game. He went 1-for-2 with two walks and handled...
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November 07, 2013  |  Discuss

First Pitch: How Long Will Pedro Alvarez Be a Pittsburgh Pirate?

Pedro Alvarez is a free agent after the 2016 season. (Photo Credit: David Hague) Today I recapped the third base position, which was mostly a recap of how Pedro Alvarez did in 2013 and how there are no internal options to eventually replace Alvarez at third base. Later in the evening, Alvarez won his first Silver Slugger award after leading all NL third basemen with 36 home runs...
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November 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Matt Hague Hits Second Homer in Loss

In the Dominican on Tuesday night, Matt Hague went 1-for-5 with a solo homer and a walk in his team’s 7-3 loss in 12 innings. He hit the home run off of Jose Contreras. It was the second homer of the season for Hague, who is hitting .293 with four RBI’s. In that same game, Atahualpa Severino came in with the bases loaded, one out and his team down 3-1 in the sixth inning. He...
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November 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Jerry Sands Drives In First Run

In a light day of action on Monday, Jerry Sands went 1-for-3 with an RBI. He had a single and a sacrifice fly. There was only one game in Puerto Rico due to the weather. Sands is 1-for-7 through two games. In the Dominican, Matt Hague went 0-for-4 in his team’s 4-3 loss. Hague is hitting .306 through ten games. Gregory Polanco had the day off one night after having his 13 game...
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November 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Winter League Recap: Andrew Lambo and Harold Ramirez Will Play Winter Ball

It was a light day for Pittsburgh Pirates playing Winter ball on Tuesday, but there is news about a few noteworthy players that will be taking part in Winter ball this year. Harold Ramirez will play Winter Ball in Colombia. (Photo Credit: David Hague) Matt Hague went 1-for-3 with a run scored, leaving the game early, as his team lost 18-8. They gave up 17 runs in the first six innings...
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October 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Russ Canzler Outrighted to Triple-A

Russ Canzler has been outrighted to Triple-A. (Photo Credit: David Hague) The Pittsburgh Pirates have outrighted infielder Russ Canzler to Triple-A, per MLBTR. Canzler was placed on waivers earlier in the week to clear 40-man space for Marlon Byrd and John Buck. He was originally acquired via trade over the summer from the Orioles in exchange for Tim Alderson. Canzler has a history...
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August 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates DFA Russ Canzler, Add Kyle McPherson to 60-Day DL

Russ Canzler has been designated for assignment. (Photo Credit: David Hague) To make room for Marlon Byrd and John Buck on the 40-man roster, the Pittsburgh Pirates have designated Russ Canzler for assignment and have placed Kyle McPherson on the 60-day disabled list. To add McPherson to the 60-day DL they had to recall him. Canzler was added back in July from Baltimore for Tim Alderson...
Via Pirates Prospects
August 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Some Good Performances From Possible September Call-Ups

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the mid-season rankings, and links on each name go to their Pirates...
Via Pirates Prospects
August 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates Playoff Roster Projection: Choosing a Champion

We know Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen are in, but not every roster spot is easy to suss out. (Photo by: David Hague) This is not a jinx. On this day last year, the Pirates’ playoff odds were hovering around 50 percent. Their chances to make the postseason this year are above 98 percent. Starting to think about what the 25-man playoff roster will look like is not counting...
Via Pirates Prospects
August 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Top Performers: Harold Ramirez Is on Fire; Reese McGuire Has Strong Debut

Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not including DSL teams, and with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Players who spent time at different levels are counted multiple times, once for each level,...
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July 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Trends: Hanson’s Getting It in Gear While Pimentel’s Going the Other Way

Lambo’s gone deep eight times in May. Photo Credit: David Hague The farm system as a whole has been in something of a slump for a week or so, but a couple of former prospects are showing some power at the upper levels and one of the team’s top prospects is overcoming a bad start.  Meanwhile, the bullpen depth has taken a hit lately. The Good Matt Hague, 1B (AAA):  He’s past...
Via Pirates Prospects
May 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Stetson Allie and Matt Hague Win Player of the Week Awards

Stetson Allie was named the SAL player of the week for the second time this season. Yesterday I posted the weekly top performers, with Stetson Allie and Matt Hague leading the group of hitters over the last week. Both players also led their individual leagues and were recognized with Player of the Week honors. Hague was named the International League player of the week after going...
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May 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates Make First Cuts

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made their first cuts of Spring Training. So far they have cut four players today, with those players being Hunter Strickland, Vic Black, Matt Hague, and Clint Robinson. That could be all for now, but no word on that yet. I’ll update this when more information becomes available.   UPDATE 8:00 AM: Add Duke Welker and Stolmy Pimentel to the list of cuts...
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March 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Roster Watch: Matt Hague

For a long time Matt Hague was everyone’s favorite underdog.  He was so beloved he even had his own twitter campaign, #FreeMattHague. There was never really a huge reason for it.  He’s been alright in his Minor League career, but certainly nothing obscenely special. Hague was drafted out of college and basically spent a whole [...]
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December 15, 2012  |  Discuss

Pirates Have Invited 11 Non-Roster Players to Spring Training

The Pittsburgh Pirates have invited the following non-roster players to Spring Training, according to a list given to me today. Brooks Brown, RHP Erik Cordier, RHP Ryan Reid, RHP Kris Johnson, LHP Mike Zagurski, LHP Ali Solis, C Jared Goedert, 3B Matt Hague, 1B Anderson Hernandez, 2B Darren Ford, OF Felix Pie, OF A few of these guys we’ve already heard about at the time of their...
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December 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Matt Hague Outrighted to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have outrighted first baseman Matt Hague to Indianapolis, according to the MLB.com transactions page. It appears the move happened at the end of last week, although I don’t believe it was announced and this is the first I’ve noticed it. Hague was designated for assignment last week when the Pirates acquired Zach Stewart, Vin Mazzaro, and Clint Robinson...
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December 04, 2012  |  Discuss

9th Inning Rally Falls Short, And Indians Are Done For 2012

Charlotte Knights  6,  Indianapolis Indians  4 (Box)   Kris Johnson started but pitched only one inning. The Indianapolis Indians’ 2012 season has come to an end, as they lost to the Charlotte Knights at Knights’ Stadium tonight.  The Knights won this best-of-five playoff series, 3 games to 1, and they will move on to face the Pawtucket Red Sox in the Governor’s Cup series...
Via Pirates Prospects
September 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Toledo Beats Indians With Walk-Off Homer

Toledo Mud Hens  5,  Indianapolis Indians  4 (Box)   Brock Holt had 3 hits again today. Audy Ciriaco’s walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th broke a 4-4 tie and gave the game to the Mud Hens tonight at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio.  The Indianapolis Indians have a 2 games to one lead in this 5-game home-and-home series, which will resume at Victory Field tomorrow...
Via Pirates Prospects
August 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Irwin Pitches Six Scoreless Innings As Indians Shut Out Toledo

Indianapolis Indians  5,  Toledo Mud Hens  0 (Box)     Phil Irwin earned his second win tonight. Indians’ Phil Irwin made his third start since joining the Indians this evening at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio.  It was his most successful start of the three, as Irwin earned his second win with 6 scoreless innings of work, while striking out 7 batters.  His teammates...
Via Pirates Prospects
August 28, 2012  |  Discuss
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