The 1904 Pirates: Part One

Last week we saw how the Pirates prepared themselves for the 1904 season and they definitely started the season with some questions among their starting rotation. The team had a rough spring training, the weather was bad and when they reported to St Louis for opening day on April 15th it quickly became evident that they were behind schedule in their preparations for the season. They had early injury problems including Sam Leever...

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AFL Recap 10/22: Another Big Day for Grossman

Yesterday, Robbie Grossman went 0-for-3 in the Arizona Fall League, which was only his second game without a hit in 15 games this year.  The 0-for-3 day also broke his streak of six straight games with multiple hits.  Grossman got back on track today, leading Mesa to a 9-2 win with a big day out of the leadoff spot.  Playing as the designated hitter, Grossman went 2-for-2 with two walks, three runs, two RBIs, and a stolen base. He led...

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Team USA Falls To Mexico

Mexico  3,  USA  2 Team USA fell just short in Saturday’s game against Mexico in the Pan Am tournament.  After three scoreless innings, the US scored a run in the top of the 4th, when RF Brett Carroll (Red Sox) bounced into a double play, scoring 2B Joe Thurston (Marlins) from third base.  Mexico answered with a 2-run homer in the bottom of the inning.  Mexico also scored a run in the 5th.  All three Mexican run came off USA...

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Winter Leagues 10/22 — Cayones Is In; Five Hits For The Martes

Checking in with a few Pirates’ players and friends in winter league action: VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Tigres de Aragua  6,  Leones del Caracas  1 LF Lastings Milledge went 2-for-4 for Los Tigres, and another former Pirate farmhand, 1B Hector Gimenez, also had a hit in this game.  Milledge started the scoring for Aragua, with a double in the 2nd inning.  He came around to score on a sacrifice fly.  A walk and a pair of doubles brought...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: Center Field

Throughout the 2011 season, Pittsburgh Pirates fans saw something that hasn’t been witnessed in Pittsburgh for a long time: a home grown player was making the jump in to “star” status.  Andrew McCutchen entered the 2011 season with just a year and a half under his professional belt.  His first two years were extremely consistent.  He hit for a .286 average each year.  He hit for a .365 OBP each year.  His power...

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