Pirates in the News

A quick rundown of what’s being said about the Bucs around the Web:
On MVN’s Outsider Radio, Brandon and Dan talked about Freddy Sanchez’ 2006 (and his possible position change), whether or not the Pirates will be decent this year, Pittsburgh’s baseball sanctuary (PNC Park) and Skyblast. I even made a quick call in to provide the black and gold side of the discussion. You can listen to the show in podcast form. For those of you with cool bosses, Outsider Radio talks baseball live every Tuesday and Thursday at 1 p.m.
The Pirates made their way into an ESPN Insider chat recently (subscription required):

Justin (Brno, Czech Republic): Hi Keith, What would you do to stop the Pirates long losing season streak?

Keith Law: I think they’re in need of an overhaul. I don’t see the wave of young players they’ve produced recently getting them past the .500 mark, and after McCutchen (potential star) and Lincoln (assuming he’s not hurt for the long-term now), they don’t have much in the system.

Eddie (Hoboken, NJ): Cam Bonifay…worst GM of the past 20 years?
Keith Law: Randy Smith. Maybe Chuck Lamar, too.
Mike (State College): Are you familiar with the Bucs’ prospect Steve Pearce (1B)? Is his power for real (20+ HR at Hickory and Lynchburg) or is he playing against inferior talent?
Keith Law: It’s the inferior talent. I saw him a little in college, I don’t think he’s a big leaguer, maybe a 24th/25th guy if it works out, but his lack of a position will really hold him back.
Steve (Pittsburgh): Albert Camus or Franz Kafka? Why do the Pirates end up with so many #1 draft pick pitchers? Is it a curse, bad luck, bad development?
Keith Law: Kafka. They made some really poor selections, especially Bullington, although the story is that ownership forbade them to take Upton.

My answers: WOW! (Overhaul? What have we been doing for 14 years?), an emphatic yes, I’m intrigued by him (but I’m not a scout), Kafka and a curse.
You can find the Pirates’ Spring Training radio schedule by following this link. You’ll get your first chance to listen on the new 104.7 Thursday against the Reds; Friday’s game against the Braves is scheduled for ESPN. I hope to crank up my MLB.TV Spring Training package and live blog Thursday’s and/or Friday’s game(s) for those of you unlucky fans stuck in an office at 1:05.

Enjoy this story? Pirates Prospects will be switching to a subscription site on 4/13, so that we can continue bringing you the best Pirates coverage there is. For a very small monthly price, you can continue getting articles like this, along with coverage from every minor league city. Get more information here, and subscribe today!

Share This Article

Randy Linville

Randy is currently living and thriving in suburban Dayton, OH with his wife and two kids. He was raised in Cincinnati, OH and attended Anderson High School. He went to Miami University (Ohio) and received a degree in Paper Science Engineering from MU. He is a devout Christian and a pop culture buff. He coaches his son’s baseball and basketball teams and his daughters softball and basketball teams. Randy has been a Pirates fan since the late 1970s and has fond memories of the 1979 World Series team. He began blogging for Most Valuable Network in 5/2004 after stumbling across a help-wanted sign for a Pirates blogger. He wrote for Pittsburgh Lumber Co. until the site merged with Pirates Prospects in 2/2011.

Ten Things I Need to Know About the Pirates by April

Next Story »

Burnett looking for a stronger 2007

  • http://www.timkuda.com Tim Kuda

    Just wait until May when the fire sale begins as it normally does for the Buckos

  • http://mvn.com/mlb-pirates Cory Humes

    I don’t see a firesale coming, and while I respect the fact that an “overhaul” is probably the best way to build success for the long-term, the Pirates have a chance at mediocrity (and beyond) in 2008 or 2009. The only guys I can see being moved are Castillo/Wilson, maybe Duffy/McLouth, a starting pitcher (or two), and a veteran reliever (or two). The big pieces–Bay, LaRoche, Sanchez, Paulino–will stay intact. Dave Littlefield doesn’t have a choice.

  • Anonymous

    Tim, The majority of websites are built on wordpress – one of the main blogging platforms. Join the club. 

    • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

      The only sites I’ve worked with used Joomla. WordPress is much better.

Latest Analysis

  • Arquimedes Caminero

    Breaking Down the Final Pirates Roster Battles After Today’s Cuts

    18 hours ago

    With less than a week remaining in camp, the Pittsburgh Pirates made their latest round of cuts this morning, sending three relievers to minor league camp, including ...

    Read More
  • Keller Supak Hinsz

    Even With the New Draft Rules, the Pirates Are Still Loading Up on Projectable Pitchers

    2 days ago

    From 2008-2011, the Pittsburgh Pirates spent a lot of resources on projectable pitchers out of high school. So far, this approach has led to breakout performances from ...

    Read More
  • Josh Bell made the move to first base over the off-season. (Photo credit: David Hague)

    Why Should You Care About Prospects?

    4 days ago

    Yesterday I had a shorter day than usual. The Pirates had cuts at the MLB level, and a road game. The day was shortened at Pirate City, ...

    Read More
  • Gregory Polanco

    Q&A: Trading Prospects For Rentals, Polanco Concerns, Meadows vs Appel

    5 days ago

    I missed the Q&A last week due to a common problem in Spring Training: I forgot what day it was. It was around 6:00 that I was ...

    Read More
  • Nick Kingham f

    Improving His Two-Seam Fastball will Make Nick Kingham a More Effective Pitcher

    6 days ago

    With Jameson Taillon returning from Tommy John surgery, and unlikely to make an impact at the Major League level early in the year, the top prospect to ...

    Read More
  • Arquimedes Caminero 3

    The Roster Situations That Could Impact the Makeup of the Pirates Bullpen

    1 week ago

    There are less than two weeks remaining in Spring Training, and the one area where the Pittsburgh Pirates had actual position battles is heating up. There were ...

    Read More
  • Jordan Luplow

    How the Pirates are Trying to Stay Ahead of the Curve With the New Draft Rules

    1 week ago

    The 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement brought a lot of changes to Major League Baseball. The biggest change for the Pittsburgh Pirates came in the draft. From 2008-2011, ...

    Read More
  • Alen Hanson

    The Key For Alen Hanson to Help the Pirates in the Majors This Year

    1 week ago

    When the Pittsburgh Pirates moved Alen Hanson to second base last year, part of the plan was to get him to the majors faster by putting him at ...

    Read More
  • Tyler Glasnow 2

    What the Stats Don’t Tell You About Tyler Glasnow

    2 weeks ago

    The stat line for Tyler Glasnow’s start at Pirate City yesterday looked great: 3 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. The lone run ...

    Read More
  • JaCoby Jones Josh Bell

    JaCoby Jones Did Fine in the Move to Shortstop, But Needs to Cut Down on Strikeouts

    2 weeks ago

    The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted JaCoby Jones as an outfielder in the third round of the 2013 draft, then surprised everyone the following year when they moved him ...

    Read More
  • Browse More Articles

    More