• Season Recaps
    Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: Third Base

    Alvarez was a major disappointment in 2011. There wasn't any bigger disappointment in the Pittsburgh Pirates season in 2011 than what happened with Pedro Alvarez.  Alvarez, drafted in the first round of the 2008 draft, has been the center piece of this current rebuilding process.  Ever since he was drafted, he was...

  • Analysis
    Winter Leagues 10/16 – Three Inside-The-Park Homers In One Game?

    Checking in with Pirates' players and friends in the Winter Leagues   MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE Venados de Mazatlan  7,  Algodoneros de Guasave  5 Guasave took an early lead with a 4-run bottom of the 1st inning, which included a 3-run inside-the-park home run by 3B Marshall McDougall.  Not to be outdone, Mazatlan's...

  • Arizona Fall League
    Arizona Fall League Rundown After Week Two

    The Arizona Fall League wrapped up their second week of action.  Here is how the Pirates prospects have done so far: -Robbie Grossman: .354/.426/.604, 3 HR, 48 at-bats Grossman homered this week, and started every game.  He leads the AFL in games played with 11, and also leads the league in hits...

  • This Date in Pirates History
    This Date in Pirates History: October 16

    On this date in 1909 the Pirates won their first World Series Championship, defeating the Detroit Tigers at Bennett Park by a score of 8-0 in game seven of the series. Babe Adams started the game and won for the third time in the series. The Pirates were led by Honus Wagner...

  • Pirates History
    Finding Pitching in 1904

    The one thing the Pittsburgh Pirates learned from the 1903 World Series was that you can never have enough pitching. They had three healthy reliable starters going into October but by the time the World Series actually started they were down to one, Deacon Phillippe. The amount of work Sam Leever had...

  • Analysis
    Winter Leagues 10/14-15 — Hague Hits, Hernandez Gets Hit

    Catching up with the Pirates' players and friends in the winter leagues: MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE Algodoneros de Guasave  7,  Venados de Mazatlan  4 A 6-run 3rd inning gave Guasave a lead they would not give up on Friday, despite a 3-run 8th by Los Venados.  There were two homers in the 3rd...

  • Arizona Fall League
    AFL Recap 10/15: Grossman Homers

    The Mesa Solar Sox beat the Surprise Saguaros 14-3 today.  Robbie Grossman, playing right field and batting leadoff, went 2-for-5 with a walk and a solo home run.  The home run, which came leading off the game, was Grossman's third of the AFL season in 48 at-bats.  Grossman now has a .354...

  • Analysis
    World Cup Ends With Rain Out For Team USA

    Rain and poor field conditions forced the International Baseball Federation to cancel the World Cup Tournament's Bronze Medal game this afternoon in Panama.  Team USA and Team Canada were tied with 4-3 records after Round Two.  The Federation declared both teams tied for third place in the final standings, though they have...

  • News and Rumors
    How Free Agent Compensation Works

    There have been a lot of questions in the past few days about free agent compensation and offering arbitration to pending free agents.  The process isn't one we've had to cover in Pittsburgh for quite some time.  That's mostly because the Pirates haven't seen many ranked free agents in recent years.  Most...

  • This Date in Pirates History
    This Date in Pirates History: October 15

    On this date in 1925 the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Washington Senators by a 9-7 score at Forbes Field in game seven of the World Series to win their second championship. To win the series they had to defeat the great Walter Johnson, who had already won games one and four of...

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