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Recall when Mike Francesa outed Ike Davis as suffering from 'Jungle Fever'

You recall where you were when Magic Johnson revealed that he had AIDS. How about when Mike Francesa outed NY Met Ike Davis' jungle fever? Mike Francesa, MD.Every time you check twitter or facebook, think -- gotta check Bob's Blitz. ** Follow us on Twitter. Subscribe, or Return to BobsBlitz.com.
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Pre-Order the 2015 Prospect Guide

The 2015 Prospect Guide is now available for pre-sales, and will be released in mid-December. This is the fifth year that we’ve published the Prospect Guide, and during that five-year span, the book has undergone some changes. The core focus of the book is still the same — to provide profiles and reports on every prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor league system. This...
Via Pirates Prospects
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2014 Recaps: Getting Expensive Replacement Level Production From First Base

For the past few years, the Pittsburgh Pirates have been relying on a platoon at first base, trying to get All-Star production for a fraction of the price. Each year the platoon has struggled due to one player in the duo playing below his career average platoon splits. This year, everyone in the platoon struggled. The Pirates started the season with Travis Ishikawa and Gaby Sanchez...
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The Early Look at the 2015 Draft Class Has Plenty of Pitching Near the Top

Not only did Baseball America release the Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 draft report card yesterday, they also gave a first look at the top 50 for the 2015 draft. Admittedly, that list will change 100 times before the draft starts and with compensation picks and teams losing picks for signing free agents, the draft order will change almost as much. This list is just to give you a rough...
Via Pirates Prospects
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AFL: Joely Rodriguez Throws Four Shutout Innings, Elias Diaz Reaches Base Three Times

Joely Rodriguez got the start on Monday night for Scottsdale, coming off three shutout innings his last time out. He did even better this time out, throwing four shutout innings. Three Pirates were in the starting lineup as Scottsdale won 7-3 to move to 6-6 on the season. Rodriguez gave up a single to the first batter, then immediately erased him on a pick-off. He struck out the...
Via Pirates Prospects
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First Pitch: Is Chris Stewart the Best Catching Option If the Pirates Can’t Re-Sign Martin?

The Pittsburgh Pirates brought in Chris Stewart last year to serve as a defensive specialist behind Russell Martin. Stewart did not exactly specialize in defense during the 2014 season. The catcher posted his best year ever offensively, with a .693 OPS that was over 100 points higher than his career numbers entering the season. That was largely fueled by a .364 BABIP, which is way...
Via Pirates Prospects
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Winter Leagues: Willy Garcia Picks Up Two Hits in First Start

Both Sunday and Monday were quiet days in the winter leagues, with just two games played Monday and Sunday had a game postponed, plus two teams with Pirates players were scheduled off. On to the little bit of action to cover and we start with a missed at-bat from Saturday in the Dominican. Andy Vasquez struck out as a pinch-hitter late in the game for Toros del Este. It was his first...
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2014 Recaps: Russell Martin Had a Career Year Offensively, But Defense Will Get Him Paid

Almost two years ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Russell Martin to the biggest free agent deal in franchise history. The deal was for two years and $17 M, outbidding the New York Yankees by a few million. Martin turned down a three-year deal from the Pirates, opting to enter free agency a year earlier. That turned out to be a very wise decision. At the end of the 2013 season,...
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Francisco Lirian-QO

In roughly two weeks the Pittsburgh Pirates will have to make their first big decisions of the offseason – which pending free agents they should extend a qualifying offer (QO) to. The exact deadline will not be determined until the World Series has ended. Teams have five days after the conclusion of the World Series to make their qualifying offers. The QO this year is $15.3 million...
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Baseball America’s 2014 Pirates Draft Report Card

Baseball America has released their 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates draft report card, which gives insight into the best tools among pitchers and position players. John Manuel did the report and said that the Pirates didn’t get a lot of players that currently have plus tools, but Cole Tucker, Mitch Keller, Trey Supak and Gage Hinsz offer future potential. You can read more in the link...
Via Pirates Prospects
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Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Comes Up Big in Season Debut

On Saturday night in winter ball, eleven Pittsburgh Pirates players saw action between play in Venezuela, Mexico and the Dominican. In the Dominican, Alen Hanson made his season debut and it was a great one. He went 2-for-3, collecting two singles, two walks and he scored four runs. Hanson was at second base, where he expects to play all winter. Willy Garcia also made his debut,...
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AFL: Three Pirates Pitchers Combine For Six Shutout Innings

The Scottsdale Scorpions sent Tyler Glasnow to the mound on Saturday afternoon, going up against Peoria, who was throwing Kyle Zimmer out there as his mound opponent. Recent scouting reports on the AFL, called Glasnow and Zimmer the two best looking pitchers in the league. Zimmer left the game after just one inning and pitch tracker had his fastball slower than normal, so the hyped...
Via Pirates Prospects
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Ike Davis could be headed elsewhere this winter

Ike Davis was traded from the Mets to the Pirates in April, but he could soon be on the move again. Andy Martino of the New York Daily News has the story: It won’t be as high-profile as last winter, but former Met Ike Davis could be once again looking for another team this offseason. Davis batted .235 with 10 homers for the Pirates this year, and there is a strong chance that...
Via Pro Sports Daily
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Pirates Re-Sign Felipe Gonzalez

Baseball America posted the latest transactions today, announcing that the Pittsburgh Pirates have re-signed pitcher Felipe Gonzalez. After being picked up from the New York Yankees in the minor league portion of the Rule V draft, Gonzalez spent most of the 2014 season in the West Virginia Power bullpen, making 33 total appearances, eight as a starter. He had a 2.81 ERA in 93 innings...
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Winter Leagues: Mel Rojas Jr. Makes Season Debut, Allie Extends Hit Streak to Six Games

The Dominican League started play on Thursday night, with Alen Hanson among the seven players on the rosters for the two teams that played on opening night. On Friday night, all six teams were expected to play, but there was one rain out. Mel Rojas Jr. played his first game for Tigres del Licey and went 1-for-3 with a walk and run scored. He played center field and was the only Pirates...
Via Pirates Prospects
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AFL: Pirates Prospects Face Off Against Wei-Chung Wang

On Friday night in the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale had Josh Bell, Dan Gamache and Elias Diaz batting 5-6-7 in the lineup. Early in the game, the trio faced Wei-Chung Wang, who was taken from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Rule V draft by the Milwaukee Brewers. Scottsdale lost the game 6-5 to Glendale, dropping them to 5-5 on the season. Bell was at first base and batting righty...
Via Pirates Prospects
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Pirates Rumors: Ike Davis trade or non-tender?

Last offseason, Ike Davis' name was all over the winter meetings.  The former New York Met was said to be going to Seattle, Pittsburgh, and Milwaukee.  But as the offseason would down, no one was willing to trade for the struggling, young first baseman.  As the season began he was finally traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for much less than the Mets had originally wanted....
Via Sports Rumor Alert
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Gage Hinsz Named Top Late-Round Draft Pick By Baseball America

When the Pittsburgh Pirates took right-handed pitcher Gage Hinsz in the 11th round, there were no guarantees they would sign him. The 18-year-old was almost taken in the second round according to Hinsz himself, but he passed on a pre-draft offer. The Pirates ended up taking him nine rounds later and agreed to an over-slot bonus of $580,000, the maximum they could pay him without...
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2014 Recaps: Right Field Led to Unlikely Breakouts, But the Future is Gregory Polanco

Heading into the 2014 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates were sticking with internal options in right field, just waiting for Gregory Polanco to arrive in the majors. Polanco was the long-term solution for the Pirates, completing their Dream Outfield along with Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte. The Pirates opted to go with Travis Snider and Jose Tabata, two outfielders who struggled...
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Winter Leagues: Dominican League Opened Season on Thursday Night

Two days worth of recaps as Wednesday was a slow night in winter ball and Thursday was the start of the Dominican Winter League. In Mexico on Wednesday night, Stetson Allie went 1-for-3 with an RBI double and a walk. The double was his second of the season and he has hits in each of his first five games. On the downside, Allie committed his second error and he struck out twice, giving...
Via Pirates Prospects
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Pirates Rumors: Pirates likely to offer Russell Martin qualifying offer

Entering the offseason, Russell Martin is sure to be a hot commodity as the best catcher on the market.  His phone is sure to be ringing off the hook as when the free agency period begins.  It is being reported by Jon Heyman of CBSsports that Martin will receive a qualifying offer from the Pittsburgh Pirates worth 15.3 million dollars.#456494282 / gettyimages.compirates plan to...
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Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: A new Pirate and the Indy's speed it up

Chris Peacock becomes a Pirate Three independent seasons and six teams later, a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates is in the cards for Chris Peacock. It's been a long road for Peacock, who went undrafted out of the University of Mobile and at Faulkner State. His first two years spent in the Independent Pecos League and the North American Baseball League weren...
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Jon Daniels: “Probably Unlikely” That More Pirates Personnel Follows Banister to Texas

Texas Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels held a conference call this evening for members of the Texas and Pittsburgh media, making the hiring of Jeff Banister official. Most of the conference call discussed the hiring process, and general things that led the Rangers to select Banister as their new manager. One key bit of information that came up for the Pirates involved whether...
Via Pirates Prospects
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AFL: Thomas Harlan Throws Three Strong Innings

In the Arizona Fall League on Thursday afternoon, it was a quiet game for Pittsburgh Pirates players. Thomas Harlan started the game, but all three position players were on the bench. Scottsdale lost 7-3 to Surprise to drop to 5-4 on the season. Harlan had some issues behind him in the field, getting two ground balls to shortstop that resulted in the first two batters reaching base...
Via Pirates Prospects
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Plan To Make Qualifying Offer

Looks like Pirates fans can sleep tight knowing Neal Huntington’s aversion to risk won’t completely screw up a Qualifying Offer for Russell Martin. Jon Heyman is reporting that the Pirates will indeed make a QO to the team’s second best player. This is literally the only good move the Pirates could make in this situation.  They aren’t signing Martin to a multi-year deal...
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