Pirates star Andrew McCutchen eyeing another step forward

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Pittsburgh Pirates star centerfielder Andrew McCutchen is eyeing another step forward in 2015. McCutchen says the rest of the National League knows the Pirates are ''for real'' after consecutive playoff berths in 2013 and 2014. The 2013 National League Most Valuable Player says it's time for the Pirates to more than just earn a wild card spot. McCutchen says...
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Don’t Forget About This Pitcher When Creating Your Pirates Dream Rotation

If you’re setting up a dream rotation for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the not-too-distant future, then you’re going to be throwing out names like Tyler Glasnow, Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, Nick Kingham, and in the short-term, Francisco Liriano. The Pirates have collected a strong group of young pitchers, with Cole and Taillon being big-name first round picks, and Glasnow and...
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Five Pirates Among the Top 100 Players Right Now

On Wednesday night, MLB Network began their top 100 countdown of current Major League players. The countdown consisted of five shows, each an hour long, shown over the last three days. Andrew McCutchen was obviously the highest rated player from the Pittsburgh Pirates, but his spot could surprise people a little based on previous rankings on MLB Network. McCutchen ranked sixth overall...
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Pirates: ISIS Militant Wearing Team’s Hat Is ‘Absolutely Sickening’ (Photo)

The Pittsburgh Pirates, as any team should, supports their fans. But they don’t want anything to do with this guy, and with good reason. World affairs made a rare venture into the realm of sports when a photo was released Friday of an Islamic State (ISIS) militant nicknamed “Jihadi John” donning none other than a Pirates hat. JUST IN: Adult photo...
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Pirates issue statement about ISIS executioner in team hat

The Pittsburgh Pirates on issued a statement about ISIS executioner “Jihadi John,” whose identity was unmasked in a photo released by Sky News in Britain Friday. “Jihadi John,” whose real name is Mohammed Emwazi, has been shown in multiple hostage beheading videos released by ISIS. He was born in Kuwait, raised and educated in Britain,...Read More
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Pirates: 'Sickening' to see Islamic State militant 'Jihadi John' in team hat

  The Pittsburgh Pirates say it's ''absolutely sickening'' to see a photo of the Islamic State militant known as ''Jihadi John'' wearing a Pirates hat. Sky News published a photo Friday of Mohammed Emwazi, who officials say is the masked frontman for IS hostage beheading videos. The photo, taken from University of Westminster student records, shows Emwazi wearing a hat with the...
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Pirates call it sickening to see 'Jihadi John' in team hat

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates say it's ''absolutely sickening'' to see a photo of the Islamic State militant known as ''Jihadi John'' wearing a Pirates hat. Sky News published a photo Friday of Mohammed Emwazi, who officials say is the masked frontman for IS hostage beheading videos. The photo (http://bit.ly/1G0K0V9 ), taken from University of Westminster student records...
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Pittsburgh Pirates Sickened ‘Jihadi John’ Is A Pirates Fan

  We now have a statement from the Pittsburgh Pirates on the first adult photo of 26-year-old ‘Jihadi John’ wearing the team’s hat. John’s real name is Mohammed Emwazi and the Pirates are obviously angry in his hat choice. From CBS Pittsburgh: “The classic gold P stands for Pittsburgh and is worn by our players, coaches and fans with a great sense of pride. It is absolutely...
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Jose Tabata Changed His Swing After Talking With Marlon Byrd

Yesterday, Jose Tabata put one on the roof of the batting cages over the left-field fence at Pirate City. Today, he added two more. By that pattern, he should hit three over the high fence in left in batting practice tomorrow. It’s only batting practice, but the power to left field is surprising. Tabata didn’t hit any home runs in 186 plate appearances in the majors last year...
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How Ray Searage is Trying to Fix Antonio Bastardo’s Control Issues

Tony Watson has established himself as one of the best left-handed relievers in the game. Out of 142 qualified relievers last year, he ranked 21st in WAR, 10th in ERA, and 24th in xFIP. He has done so well that he has become the set-up man in a dangerous late inning combo that also features Mark Melancon, who has been better than Watson. But the Pirates need two left-handed relievers...
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The Pirates’ Road Home Run Problem

At first, it looked like pitchers that play their home games in extreme parks have extreme home run splits — that pitchers in pitchers’ parks go on the road and give up more home runs than expected. But it turns out, it might just be a Pittsburgh Pirates problem. Staffs that leave the six most […]
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NL Central Top 10 Prospects 2015

The calendar has flipped and spring training has arrived once again, meaning it is time for the baseball world to go crazy over prospect rankings for the forthcoming season. Based primarily on stats and potential, below is our list of the NL Central’s top 10 prospects for 2015. 1. Kris Bryant 3B – Cubs: Bryant may just be the best prospect in the entire game, let alone the...
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2015 Fantasy Baseball Team Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

View image | gettyimages.com The following is a team preview for the Pittsburgh Pirates from a fantasy baseball perspective, contributed by Brian Dunshee. Offseason Overview The Pittsburgh Pirates enter the 2015 campaign as one of the few standout NL powers, having two MVP caliber players on their team in Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte. Though they lost the productive...
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Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Minor League Spring Training Schedule

Spring Training starts a little bit later for minor leaguers this year. Major League camp will go over to McKechnie Field on Monday for the Black and Gold game, while the early players will report for minor league camp. The full camp reports on March 8th, and the first full workout isn’t until March 10th. Extended camp players will be reporting later that week, on March 16th, and...
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First Pitch: An Extension For Andrew McCutchen Shouldn’t Be a Priority in 2015

There was a time in recent Pittsburgh Pirates history when Pirates fans discussed trading Andrew McCutchen for prospects. It was prior to the 2012 season. A winning season was still a pipe dream at the time. McCutchen hadn’t been extended yet. He wasn’t even an MVP at the time — just a good, young player with a ton of upside. The thought was that the Pirates would miss their...
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Three big questions for the Pittsburgh Pirates

Many experts around baseball believe 2015 will be the year the Pittsburgh Pirates truly join the ranks of baseball’s elite teams. ESPN’s Dave Schoenfield recently ranked the Pirates as the third best team in baseball. While hopes may be running high for this team, the Pirates know they have a few questions to answer before they are ready to compete with the likes of the Washington...
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Pirates open to extending Andrew McCutchen

I’m a day behind on this story, but I think it’s an important one to weigh in on. Yesterday Bob Nutting talked to Rob Biertempfel at the Trib, saying that he’d like Andrew McCutchen to be a Pirate for a “long, long time” and Biertempfel’s sources indicated that while the Pirates are not actively engaged in extension talks with McCutchen, that the team would be willing...
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Player Profile #35: Starling Marte | OF | PIT

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is here! Get your copy for FREE! It says a lot about the Pirates that Starling Marte isn’t the best player on his team. Hell, he isn’t even the best guy in his team’s outfield. When you play next to Andrew McCutchen, you’re always going to be the second dog, but seeing as how McCutchen is a top five player in all of baseball, being...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

How Josh Bell’s Move to First Base Could Solve His Late-Season Drop in Power

The Pittsburgh Pirates will enter the 2015 season with Pedro Alvarez as their starting first baseman. Corey Hart will get some time as a platoon partner, and Andrew Lambo will be a depth option, likely making the Opening Day roster as a bench outfielder. There are question marks with all three first basemen. Can Alvarez make the transition to the new position, and can he return to...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Preparing to Offer Big Extension to Andrew McCutchen

The Pirates are preparing to offer a Giancarlo Stanton type extension to star center fielder Andrew McCutchen according to a report by Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburg Tribune Review. Despite being under contract till the 2018 season, McCutchen is already arguably the greatest center fielder in Pirates history. He is the closest thing to a franchise player since Barry Bonds was in...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Looking to Rest Their Way to a Competitve Advantage

The analytics team of the Pittsburgh Pirates led by Dan Fox leaves no stone unturned in searching for ways to maximize the performance of Pirate players. The most recent stone they turned over belongs to the Golden State Warriors of the NBA. As reported by Jayson Stark, the Pirates have been looking closely at the success of the Warriors. The Warriors have the best record in the...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Change That Will Help Tyler Glasnow Reach His Upside

The 2011 draft made headlines for the Pittsburgh Pirates for two main reasons. They selected Gerrit Cole first overall, and gave him a record-setting bonus of $8 M. They also took Josh Bell in the second round, then gave him a $5 M bonus, which is a record for the biggest bonus outside of the first round. But the best story of that draft could end up being their fifth round pick...
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Nutting gains higher profile as Pirates chase bigger goals

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Pittsburgh Pirates owner Bob Nutting is raising the stakes on his team in 2015. Nutting said Wednesday that ''expectations for '15 are higher'' after the Pirates earned back-to-back wild-card berths in 2013 and 2014. Nutting is also embracing a higher profile in Major League Baseball as his team's fortunes rise. The owner was placed on baseball's executive council...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Next Steps in Jameson Taillon’s Tommy John Rehab Process

Jameson Taillon threw a bullpen session yesterday, which I outlined in the daily recap. Taillon is still in “rehab mode” as Clint Hurdle put it, which means he is still only throwing bullpen sessions on Tuesday and Friday, and still only at 25 pitches per session. One positive sign yesterday was that Taillon was using his curveball and changeup in the bullpen. This was the first...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Bob Nutting on an International Draft, 2015 Payroll, Winning the Division, and More

Pittsburgh Pirates’ owner Bob Nutting met with the Pittsburgh media today, shortly after delivering his annual address to the players in Spring Training. Nutting said that he told the players that he is enthusiastic about the season coming up, and that the expectation is continued improvement every day, and to win the division and try to win a championship in Pittsburgh again....
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3 days ago  |  Discuss
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