• Analysis
    Winter Leagues 11/7 — Tough Inning For Wood

    Usually not much winter league business on Mondays, but the Dominican League was in action tonight: Toros del Este  7,  Gigantes del Cibao  6 A 6-run top of the 1st gave Los Toros a big lead, which they nearly lost.  The first 7 batters reached base, with two singles, a 3-run homer,...

  • Analysis
    MLB Labor Agreement Coming Tomorrow?

    Maury Brown of Biz of Baseball has an update on the Collective Bargaining Agreement talks, via Twitter.  Brown notes that you shouldn't hold your breath, but rumors are that MLB will announce a labor agreement tomorrow.  Brown also adds that there could be a compromise on the hard slotting issue with a...

  • International News
    Pirates Are Suitors for Yoenis Cespedes

    Earlier today a scouting video was released of top Cuban prospect Yoenis Cespedes, who is expected to be declared a free agent in the next few weeks.  The video has since been removed, but was a pretty impressive display of Cespedes' abilities.  On top of that, the video was somewhat entertaining, with...

  • News and Rumors
    Gio Gonzalez Would Cost Too Much

    Throughout the 2011 season I took a look at trade values for various players, looking both at the internal options that the Pittsburgh Pirates had to trade, and the external options that they could pursue.  With all of the talk about Gio Gonzalez being available by the Oakland Athletics, I figured I...

  • Analysis
    Poll: Your Ideal Off-Season

    The Pittsburgh Pirates enter the 2011-2012 off-season with four big needs for the 2012 season.  With Derrek Lee, Paul Maholm, Ronny Cedeno, Ryan Doumit, and Chris Snyder all departing, the Pirates have needs at catcher, first base, shortstop, and the rotation.  I've discussed each position individually, along with some free agent options...

  • This Date in Pirates History
    This Date in Pirates History: November 7

    Born on this date in 1932 was Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Dick Stuart, who played for the team from 1958-62. He was signed by the Pirates as an amateur free agent in 1951 and as a 19 year old in 1952 he hit .313 with 31 homers for Billings, a class C...

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