Winter League Playoffs 1/2 — 3 Hits For Ciriaco

The Mexican Pacific League playoffs began yesterday.  This league uses a playoff format like we’re used to seeing in the US leagues.  The top 6 teams are in the playoffs, with #1 Culiacan playing the #6 Navojoa, #2 Mexicali vs. #5 Mochis, and #3 Obregon vs. #4 Hermosillo  in the best-of-7 first round.  Los Venados de Mazatlan, with Pirates’ Rogelio Noris, finished in last place and are eliminated, along with Los Caneros de...

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The Best Pittsburgh Pirates Outfields Ever

Despite what we’ve seen over the last two decades, the Pirates during their long history have had some mighty good infields and outfields.  No, really.  Inspired by a brief exchange on a message board recently, I thought it’d be interesting to try to determine which ones were the best. As a measure, I decided to use Wins Above Replacement (WAR), specifically the version found at Fangraphs.  Not that WAR is the be-all and end-all for...

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Could the Pirates Afford Edwin Jackson?

  At the start of the off-season I had Edwin Jackson listed as a pitcher that I liked, but one that I never thought would be a possibility for the Pittsburgh Pirates. A few weeks ago I pointed out that the market for the 28 year old right hander has been surprisingly quiet. There were talks that Jackson’s asking price was high, although we didn’t really have any solid numbers. Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York reports...

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This Date in Pirates History: January 2

Born on this date in 1951 was all-star third baseman Bill Madlock who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1979 until 1985. He was originally drafted by the Washington Senators in 1970 and made his major league debut in 1973 after they moved to Texas. After just one season he was traded to the Chicago Cubs for Hall of Fame pitcher Fergie Jenkins. The Cubs dealt him to the Giants in 1977 and after 2 1/2 seasons they traded him to the...

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