Winter League Playoffs 1/15 — A Loss For Figueroa

Checking on a few Pirates’ players and friends in Sunday’s winter league playoff action:   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Tigres de Aragua  5,  Caribes de Anzoategui  3 A 4-run top of the 9th gave Los Tigres the win.  Los Caribes got the scoring started with a solo home run in each of the first two innings.  CF Gorkys Hernandez walked to begin the bottom of the 3rd.  He scored on a single and a sacrifice fly.  Los Tigres scored...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 1907 Season

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a fairly quiet 1906 off-season, making one major trade by giving up longtime second baseman Claude Ritchey, Ginger Beaumont who was their centerfielder and leadoff hitter since 1899 and pitcher Patsy Flaherty who spent the 1906 season in the minors. In return all they received was second baseman Ed Abbaticchio who seemed to be at best a slight upgrade over Ritchey. They still had to replace Beaumont, who had...

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Winter League Playoffs 1/14 — Two Doubles For Gimenez

Saturday’s action with the Pirates’ players and friends:   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Tigres de Aragua  5,  Caribes de Anzoategui  2 Two doubles by 1B Hector Gimenez accounted for 3 of Los Tigres’ 4 runs in the first two innings.  In the top of the 1st, Gimenez followed a single with his first double, driving in a run.  Another single brought in Gimenez with the second run of the inning.  The top of the 2nd began with...

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This Date in Pirates History: January 15

On this date in 1969 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded outfielder Manny Jimenez to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for minor league infielder Ron Campbell and pitcher Chuck Hartenstein. Jimenez was a 30 year old outfielder who had received limited playing time with the Pirates over the 1967-68 seasons. He started just five games in 1968 despite playing on the team the entire season. He was used as a pinch hitter 54 times that year and hit...

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Brock Holt Interview: 2012 Version

In January 2011 we had a chance to talk to Brock Holt as he got ready for the upcoming season. That interview can be read here. Last year he was coming off a season ending knee injury at this time, looking forward to what would end up being his first full season of minor league ball. He played 132 games this year for Altoona, hitting .288 with 30 doubles, 18 stolen bases and 50 walks. He was named to the Eastern League All-Star game...

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