Winter League Playoffs 1/30 — Escogido Wins Dominican Championship

The Dominican League is the last to wrap up their Championship series.  They and the winners from the other three Caribbean leagues will begin the Caribbean Series on Feb 2nd.  The Dominican Republic is the host team for 2012.   Leones del Escogido  6,  Aguilas Cibaenas  5 A hard-fought game, going down to the wire, just like the series.  Los Aguilas took the lead with a 2-run homer in the 2nd inning.  They scored one run in the...

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Two Day Sale on the Digital Prospect Guide

If you haven’t purchased your copy of the 2012 Prospect Guide, I just received a new coupon code from the publisher for you to use. The code is for 30% off the digital Prospect Guide, which can be purchased from our publisher here. The offer is valid for the next two days (expiring January 31st at midnight). To get the digital Prospect Guide for 30% off, go to the above link and use the code “SHELFSTOCK305″. The code...

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When Is The Best Time To Grade A Draft?

It’s no secret that the bulk of the rebuilding process by the Pittsburgh Pirates has been primarily focused on the MLB draft. The Pirates have spent more than any other team in the majors over the last four years, including a single season record in 2011. In the process of spending this money, they’ve gone with a lot of over-slot deals. To be exact, the Pirates have had 26 over-slot deals from 2008-2011, an average of...

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This Date in Pirates History: January 30

On this date in 1959 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded pitcher Whammy Douglass, outfielders Jim Pendleton and John Powers and third baseman Frank Thomas to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for catcher Smoky Burgess, third baseman Don Hoak and pitcher Harvey Haddix. Starting with Burgess, he was just about to turn 32 at the time of the trade, a backup left-handed hitting catcher who got plenty of pinch-hitting appearances. In 1958 he hit...

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