Winter Leagues 11/6 — Loss For Leroux, RBI’s For Farrell

Checking on Pirates’ players and friends in Sunday’s winter league play…  The Australian League takes the early part of the week off, so their next games will be on Thursday (their time).   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Leones del Caracas  6,  Bravos de Margarita  0 It was all Caracas in this game, with Los Bravos posting 6 runs, but leaving 8 batters on base (and Caracas left 14 runners on base).  Los Leones scored 3 runs...

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Arizona Fall League Rundown After Week Five

The Arizona Fall League wrapped up their fifth week of action.  Here is how the Pirates prospects have done so far: -Robbie Grossman: .370/.471/.630, 7 HR, 100 at-bats Grossman added another home run this week, and went 5-for-16 with a home run and three walks.  He played in the Rising Stars game on Saturday and went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout. -Jarek Cunningham: .243/.300/.457, 3 HR, 70 at-bats Cunningham only played twice...

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A Recent History of the 82nd Win -1980

Though there were excellent signs of improvement in 2011, the Pittsburgh Pirates are not close to contention. Next year, though, we might reasonably expect them to return to mediocrity. That’s right: I’m expecting 82 wins next year. The Pirates inability to even achieve mediocrity has been well documented. The current streak of futility is record setting. But diving back another decade or so isn’t pleasant either....

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Pirates Expected To Pursue Clint Barmes

Troy Renck of the Denver Post has an article up looking at a lot of Colorado Rockies off-season notes, but in his footnotes has a mention about the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Renck expects the Pirates to pursue Clint Barmes, who played with Colorado from 2003-2010, with most of those years being under Clint Hurdle. In my review of the shortstop free agent market, I noted that Barmes was one of the best options available for the Pirates,...

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This Date in Pirates History: November 6

Born on this date in 1953 was a longtime pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, John Candelaria. He was a big 6″7 lefty taken in the 2nd round of the 1972 amateur draft by the Pirates. He shot through the minors quickly for his age, going 28-11 before getting called on June 8,1975 at just 21 years old. Four starts into his career he struck out 13 Cubs during a 5-2 complete game win. Candelaria finished 8-6 2.76 in 18 starts his...

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