The Day the Pirates Were Forever Eliminated From Contention

I tried to watch the press conference where Bud Selig announced the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, although it was hard to keep track of the announcement while following all of the details on Twitter.  I didn’t catch every word that was said, so I probably missed an announcement that went something like this: “We’re proud to say that with this new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Pittsburgh Pirates have...

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Gary Robinson Moves to Pro Scouting Department

The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced that Gary Robinson has joined the Professional Scouting department as a Pro Scout. The announcement was made by Pirates Assistant General Manager Greg Smith. Robinson, 59, managed the West Virginia Power in 2011 after managing the State College Spikes the previous two seasons. He joined the Pittsburgh organization after working 10 years (1998-2008) for Major League Baseball as an umpire...

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Pirates Sign Brandon Boggs and Stefan Welch

Following up on the previous news that the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Jake Fox and Shairon Martis, Baseball America’s transactions page adds that the Pirates have also signed Brandon Boggs and Stefan Welch. Boggs, an outfielder, has played for Texas and Milwaukee in the majors, spending most of his career in the Texas system.  He has a career .209/.315/.380 line in 326 major league at-bats.  He turns 29 in January and has...

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Pirates Announce Scouting Department Changes

The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced the following changes within the Scouting Department. The announcement was made by Pirates Assistant General Manager Greg Smith. On the Professional Scouting side, Dave Jauss has been named Major League Scout and Alvin Rittman, Jim Dedrick and Rob Guzik have been named Pro Scouts. Within the International Scouting department, Juan Mercado has been named Latin American Supervisor and Victor...

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Pirates Sign Jake Fox and Shairon Martis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed utility player Jake Fox and right handed pitcher Shairon Martis to minor league deals, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America. Fox turned 29 in July, and has a career .237/.288/.425 line in 489 at-bats in his major league career.  He’s played first base, third base, the two corner outfield positions, and has caught in his four year major league career.  We heard rumors during the season...

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