Best Pittsburgh Sports Blogs and Links

The voting for the first round of the Best Pittsburgh Sports Blogs ended today.  BUCCO Fans made an impressive run, getting all the way up to 48.4%, but it wasn’t enough.  It was kind of a bummer.  The only site with more first round votes than us was our competition (they had 642, we had 602).  Only one other site had over 500 votes, and that was Behind the Steel Curtain.  WHYGAVS and Bucs Dugout were the only other two sites with over 400 votes.

I’ll be pulling for Bucs Dugout, WHYGAVS, Bucs Trade Winds, Pittsburgh Lumber Company, Mondesi’s House, and Raise the Jolly Roger from here on out.  BUCCO Fans, This is Getting Old, and Hyzdu Headquarters were the three Pirates blogs eliminated.  I’ll post a link to vote once round two goes up.  A big thanks to everyone who voted.  I consider it a victory that the site received so much support, even before my excessive campaigning.  As for my reaction to the loss…

Now for some links…

-More updates to the BUCCO Fans player pages.  In addition to the entire 40-man roster, I now have player pages up from my Top 50 Prospects.  I’ll be starting on the AAA level next, which is where I’ve stashed the NRI players for Spring Training.  My goal is to be done with all of the players in the system by the end of the month.

-I’ve got interview plans with Zack Dodson and Chase d’Arnaud in the works.  I’m currently teaching myself SQL (a database language), and between that and the player pages, I’ve been behind on seeking out interviews.  I’m going to work on those two interviews next week, and depending on the schedules of Zack and Chase, I might have the interviews up next week as well.  If there’s anything you’re interested in that you want me to ask about, leave a message in the comments.

-USA Today released a “Top 100 Names You Need to Know” list.  This isn’t necessarily a prospect list, since not everyone counts as a prospect.  The Pirates had five players.  Pedro Alvarez came in at #7, Jeff Clement was at #23, Brad Lincoln was #82, Daniel McCutchen was #84, and Jose Tabata was #86.  I was surprised by Clement and McCutchen.  This list also included people in the lower minors, so it’s not necessarily a list of people due up in 2010.  However, all five of those players are expected to be with the Pirates at some point this season.  Wouldn’t it be nice if this list turned out to be right?

-Pat at WHYGAVS takes a look at the decision for the last bullpen spot.

-Brian at Raise the Jolly Roger took a look at Bryce Harper, and agreed with my thoughts that Neal Huntington shouldn’t add to Harper’s hype.  Speaking of Harper, he plays tonight.  I’ll have the Bryce Harper tracker updated tomorrow.

-Vlad at Bucs Dugout takes a look at Texas Rangers shortstop prospect Joaquin Arias, who the Rangers might be shopping, as a potential option for the Pirates.

-Japanese left hander Hisanori Takahashi signed with the New York Mets for a minor league deal that pays $1 M, with an additional $2 M in performance bonuses.

-According to Baseball America, the Pirates re-signed Josh Bonifay.  Bonifay hasn’t played in the minors since 2006, when he was with Houston.  Bonifay will serve as an instructor in the organization, so this isn’t a player signing.

-Felipe Lopez fired Scott Boras and signed on with the Beverly Hills Sports Council after failing to find a deal all off-season.  Boras has pulled the usual “Keep demands ridiculously high all off-season, then sign in January” plan, only the plan has backfired with Lopez, Johnny Damon, Jarrod Washburn, and Hank Blalock.  Personally I love when someone fires Boras, or even when they pull an Alex Rodriguez and negotiate without him.  This isn’t because I think someone like the BHSC is a pushover.  It’s because Boras NEVER has his clients sign extensions in to their free agent years, much like we saw with Evan Longoria and Ryan Braun.  When someone fires Boras, it gives me hope that Pedro Alvarez might one day do the same, and remain with the Pirates a little longer than he normally would.

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Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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