Winter Leagues 10/27 — (Everyone Is Watching Game 6)

Just a little bit of winter league action for Pirates’ players and friends today… the Dominican League had a scheduled day off. VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Caribes de Anzoategui  3,  Bravos de Margarita  1 Not a lot of offense in this game — just 2 hits for Los Bravos and 6 hits for Los Caribes.  Los Bravos scored their only run in the top of the 5th, on a walk and three errors by Los Caribes.  The first two runs for Los...

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AFL Recap 10/27: Inman Gives Up Walk Off HR to Harper

The Mesa Solar Sox lost 8-7 to Scottsdale after a walk off homer from Bryce Harper off of Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Jeff Inman.  Inman, pitching in his second game in three days, came on to get the save for Mesa in the bottom of the ninth, up 7-5.  He gave up a lead off single to Mike Trout, then gave up a one out single two batters later, bringing Harper to the plate as the winning run.  After a wild pitch allowed runners to...

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Should the Pirates Buy Out Ronny Cedeno?

MLB Trade Rumors has been releasing their 2012 Free Agent and Trade Market reviews, and looked at the shortstop position in their most recent update.  Among the updates, they listed Ronny Cedeno as a guy who could have his option declined by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Two weeks ago I looked at the shortstop options on the market, and compared them to Cedeno.  The shortstop market is strong this year, although it is led by guys such as...

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Draft Bonuses Still an Issue With the CBA

There is just one major issue remaining before the Major League Baseball owners and the players union agree to a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, and that issue is draft bonuses, according to Ronald Blum of the Associated Press.  Bud Selig has been pushing for a hard slotting system, and has said that the issue is “really critical” to him.  However, the players union is against the idea of limiting bonuses for...

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This Date in Pirates History: October 27

Born on this date in 1922 was one of the greatest sluggers in baseball history, Pirates outfielder Ralph Kiner. They signed Kiner as an amateur free agent in 1941, but partly due to the war, he did not make his major league debut until the 1946 season. He would lead the NL in home runs that season with a surprisingly low total of just 23, which would’ve ranked him 6th in the AL. The following season he left no doubt that his...

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