Pirates Amassing a History of White Flag Hurlers

For reasons I can’t begin to comprehend, my thoughts turned toward Ryan Vogelsong recently. I remembered how Vogelsong had such a great Spring Training in 2004 (26-1/3 IP and a 2.05 ERA). There was talk of him being a solid member of the rotation. It all fell apart and soon enough he was mopping up. So, in the tradition of Ryan “White Flag” Vogelsong, here is a listing of the Patron Saint of Lost Causes from each...

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2009 Chone projections

Sean Smith released the 2009 CHONE offensive projections at his new website today. Be sure to take a look at the Pirates’ page. Here are just a few notes. CHONE sees Ryan Doumit (.281/.343/.461) regressing a bit from last season. Nate McLouth (.274/.352/.461) and Adam LaRoche (.264/.340/.468) see a decrease in their power numbers will staying steady in batting average and on-base percentage. Freddy Sanchez (.290/.332/.403) and...

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Frank Kremblas Named Indianapolis’ Manager

The Pirates have announced that Frank Kremblas

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Uviedo Has Another Strong Performance

The Caribbean Leagues didn’t have a lot of games last night, and not many of the Pirates players and friends got onto the fields.

Venezuelan League:
Tigres de Aragua 9, Cardinales de Lara 7
DH Raul Chavez had a single in 4 at-bats for Aragua.

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Frank Kremblas Named Indianapolis’ Manager

The Pirates have announced that Frank Kremblas�has been hired to manage the AAA Indianapolis Indians. �Kremblas played for the Indians from 1993-96, when the team was part of the Cincinnati Reds’ organization. �He began managing in 1998, and has spent the last four seasons managing the AAA Nashville Sounds in the Brewers’ organizaton, and three seasons before that as manager of the Brewers’ AA Huntsville Stars. �Players in the Brewers’ system generally speak highly of Kremblas, and he was the Pacific Coast League’s Manager of the Year in 2007. �

Other managers were also named:
AA Altoona: Matt Walbeck, most recently the Texas Rangers’ third base coach.
A Lynchburg: PJ Forbes, most recently the manager of the Phillies’ AA Reading team.
A West Virginia: �Gary Green, who was managing at Hickory prior to the switch in affiliations.
A-SS State College: Gary Robinson, former head coach at UNC Charlotte, and former GCL Expos coach, and most recently a AAA umpire supervisor.
Rookie GCL: Tom Prince returns for his third season with Bradenton.

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