Pirates Release Eight Players, Including Matt Curry; Michael Martinez Elects Free Agency

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released eight minor league players and utility player Michael Martinez has elected free agency, according to Baseball America’s latest minor league transactions. The released players are Matt Curry, Nathan Sopena, Christian Henriquez, Carlos Marquez, Francisco Aponte, Adam Landecker, Candon Myles and Nathan Tomaszewski. First baseman Matt Curry is the...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Morning Report: Getting to Know the New Players in the Instructional League

The Pittsburgh Pirates released their second Fall Instructional League roster on Monday and the team is loaded with interesting prospects, including 15 players from the Dominican Summer League. The roster has seven of the DSL Ten Prospects to Watch and an eighth(Luis Escobar) is at Pirate City, but not playing due to a late season appendectomy. The two players from that list that...
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September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Morning Report: Pirates Haven’t Had Much Success in Australia Yet

Back in 2011, I took a look at all the amateur free agent players signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates out of Australia. In the article, which can be read here, I said that it didn’t look like the Pirates signed any top prospects yet out of Australia, but the players seemed to be getting better each year. That stayed true the next year when the Pirates signed shortstop Sam Kennelly...
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September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Morning Report: Revisiting a Busy Day of Off-Season Signings

On December 18th, the Pittsburgh Pirates announced that they had signed seven players as minor league free agents. The article can be found here listing the following players, pitchers Kyle McPherson, Elvin Ramirez, Brandon Mann, Daniel Schlereth and Adam Wilk, infielder Michael Martinez and first baseman Travis Ishikawa. You probably already know the contributions from these players...
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September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Michael Martinez and Chris McGuiness Clear Waivers

Both infielder Michael Martinez and first baseman Chris McGuiness have cleared waivers and they were both outrighted to AAA Indianapolis. The Pittsburgh Pirates designated both players for assignment within the last week while making room on 40-man roster for John Holdzkom and Chase d’Arnaud. Martinez had multiple stints for the Pirates, hitting .128/.209/.154 in 39 at-bats over...
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September 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Michael Martinez Historically Horrible (Update)

Michael Martinez might seem like a harmless individual. Those outside the state of Pennsylvania probably don't understand the depths of his awfulness.  Thanks to parts of 4 seasons in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh he's amassed enough playing time to sink to historically horrible levels.  Mini-Mart's career batting average is down to .182, which ranks 4,440 out of  4...
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August 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Washington Nationals – Game 124

Vomit.  That’s really all I have in regards to last night’s abortion. Yucky, biley, burny vomit. The Pirates really are doing their best in letting the wildcard drip down their leg. The bullpen has been a problem all year? **** it.  Starting pitching inconsistent? ****** it.  Record attendance?  Time for a ski lift. At least they’re competitive though,  right?   They’re...
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August 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Washington Nationals – Game 123

Losing right now is less than ideal.  Charlie Morton eating **** on the mound is less than ideal.  The bullpen sucking is less than ideal.  Michael Martinez is less than ideal.  Jayson Nix is less than ideal.  The Pirates are less than ideal right now.  That needs to change in a hurry. This is game 123, this is the stretch.  Less than a quarter of the season left.  I know...
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August 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Arizona Diamondbacks – Game 111

Have I mentioned I freaking hate night games?  I’m sure I’ve mentioned I hate night games.  Baseball is meant to be played in the day time. Nights are for sleeping, sexing, drinking (if you do that), and going to concerts.  7ish PM starts are one thing, this West Coast **** is for the birds. Not those Byrds. Too bad it’s not for this Byrd……. Thankfully, we don’t...
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August 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates storm back to defeat D-backs

PHOENIX -- Josh Harrison tripled, doubled and scored twice, and the Pittsburgh Pirates erupted in the final two innings to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-4 on Friday night. The Pirates scored the last nine runs, including eight in the eighth and ninth. Jordy Mercer had an RBI double, Michael Martinez and Russell Martin hit RBI singles and Travis Snider a two-run single in the Pirates...
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August 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Sunday morning: Roster depth and AJ Burnett

In the wake of these two embarrassing losses in Colorado (which, I dunno, I guess I’ll say more about in the preview for today’s game), there’s been a lot of focus on the Pirates’ current roster construction. That’s because the Pirates have both Michael Martinez and Brent Morel on the active roster, and since the Pirates are facing a slew of left-handed pitchers this week...
July 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Michael Martinez is Bad at Baseball

As a Phillies fan, I am well aware of the magnitude of suck that Michael Martinez brings to a team.  However, poor Pirates fans may have no clue what they're getting into.  I'm here to make it blatantly clear just how awful Mini-Mart is.Since 1901, 4439 batters (non-pitchers), have been to the plate 400+ times (Martinez currently at 407 plate apperances).  He ranks 4427th...
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July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Michael Martinez- Historically Horrible

Fear not Phans, Michael Martinez is back, but this time with the Pirates (Phucco!).  His shortcomings were lamented on WSBGMs aplenty when he played for the Phillies, so why stop now?  You know we love to beat a dead horse.Since 1901, 4439 batters (non-pitchers), have been to the plate 400+ times (Martinez currently at 407 plate apperances).  He ranks 4427th with a .185 batting...
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July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates sign 7 players to minor league contracts

The Pirates announced the signings of seven minor league free agents Wednesday, five of whom received invitations to major league camp this spring. The signings include familiar names such as first baseman Travis Ishikawa, utility player Michael Martinez and left-handed reliever Daniel Schlereth. Ishikawa (Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees) and Martinez (Philadelphia Phillies...
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December 19, 2013  |  Discuss

GTFO Michael Martinez

Michael Martinez, Mini-Mart, M&M, Worthless Heap of ****; no matter the name, we are thankful you will no longer be Amaro's go to guy to summon from Triple-A.  Alas, the Pirates signed him to a minor league deal, not sure why, prying him loose from Amaro's grip.  The 31 year old versatile moldy turd hit .187/.495 over the past 3 seasons with the Phillies appearing in...
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December 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Michael Martinez

MICHAEL MARTINEZ SECOND BASEMAN   Born: September 16, 1982 Height: 5’9″ Weight: 175 Bats: Both Throws: Right Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2005 (Nationals) How Acquired: Minor League Free Agent Country: Dominican Republic Agent: California Sports WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES Martinez originally signed with the Nationals, but the Phillies took him in the...
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December 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates Sign Michael Martinez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 31-year-old utility player Michael Martinez to a minor league deal and have invited him to Spring Training as a non-roster player according to Chris Cotillo. Martinez has played three years in the majors with the Philadelphia Phillies and has seen action at all three outfield spots, as well as second base, third base and shortstop. He provides versatility...
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December 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Ruling Gives Phillies Cubs' 2014 Rule 5 Pick

The Phillies very famously selected players David Herndon, Michael Martinez, and most recently Ender Enciarte. Looking to 2014, the Phillies could have not one, but TWO Michael Martinezes on the roster after a baseball ruling goes in the Phillies' favor. MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports that the Cubs' 2012 selection of...
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December 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Phillies Nation Player Reviews: The Under 100 PA Club

Martinez is in rare company: the bottom 1.6% of all-time in on-base plus slugging among the 5238 players with at least 300 plate appearances. The Phillies had four players accrue between 26 and 100 PA in 2013. In most years, these players are usually young, up-and-coming players who are getting a brief look at the Major League level. This was not necessarily the case with this crop...
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October 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Phillies Re-Sign Michael Martinez

Before reading, please note that today is not April 1. A week after deciding to become a free agent, the Phillies have re-signed infielder Michael Martinez to a minor-league contract according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish. Since being acquired by the Phillies as a Rule 5 draft pick before the 2011 season, Martinez has hit .187/.234/.261 in 396. Martinez has played all three...
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October 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Phillies Sign Free Agent Infielder Michael Martinez

Woo! A couple weeks after outrighting utility infielder and sometimes pretend outfielder Michael Martinez off of the 40-man roster, he is back in the Phillies organization once again. Although Martinez elected free agency, he signed a new minor league deal with the Phillies. Martinez is never, ever going to go...
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October 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Down But Not Out: Zach Miner, Michael Martinez, And Pete Orr Outrighted Off Of Roster

Can't someone just claim Mini-Mart? Yesterday, when the Phillies saw Raul Valdes get claimed on waivers by the Houston Astros and then Tyler Cloyd get claimed on waivers by the Cleveland Indians you had to figure that they were not the only ones the Phillies were trying to pass through...
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October 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Phillies Outright 4 Players Off 40-Man

Michael Martinez, Pete Orr, Zach Miner, and Mauricio Robles were outrighted off the Phillies 40-man roster. Each, however, has cleared through waivers, meaning there is still an opportunity to stick the the organization. The 31-year old Martinez is the most notable of the group. Mini Mart as he’s come to be known, has played well in the minor leagues but has been unable to translate...
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October 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Martinez, Hernandez Return to Phils

Michael Martinez, Image- Jay Floyd Following a pair of roster moves on Saturday, in which the Phillies traded veteran infielders John McDonald and Michael Young to playoff contenders, vacancies on the big league roster have been filled with the returns of Michael Martinez and Cesar Hernandez, as the duo has been promoted from Lehigh Valley. Martinez, who turns 31-years-old this month...
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September 01, 2013  |  Discuss

The Phillies Week In Weird

This has certainly been an interesting week for the Phillies. Let us review the many weird happenings: - First, manager Charlie Manual got the axe last Friday and Ryne Sandberg took over. - People cried, complained and gave Charlie lots of hugs. - Manual admitted to CSN Philly’s Leslie Gudel that he knew he could not win this year or last year with the team assembled as it was...
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August 22, 2013  |  Discuss
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