• Pirates History
    Speaking of Spring Training….

    The Pittsburgh Pirates held their spring training in the town of Dawson Springs, Kentucky from 1914-1917 playing at Riverside Park. The original stadium was washed away in a flood but the field was still there and the town rebuilt the stadium in 1999 to the original specifications from back in 1914 which...

  • Analysis
    McCutchen chats on Intentional Talk

    Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen had a skype interview on Intentional Talk today on MLB Network. Hosts Chris Rose and Kevin Millar kept it fun and light, not really talking much about the season. Here’s a few of the highlights: On getting anxious for spring training: “I’m ready to get started. I’ve...

  • Transactions
    Pirates Sign David Valesente

    Matt Eddy of Baseball America, in his latest minor league transactions update, reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed David Valesente out of independent ball. Valesente hit for a .318/.407/.409 line in 154 at-bats last year, playing mostly third base. Valesente attended St. Joseph's, where he graduated in 2010. He was never...

  • Analysis
    Jones arbitration ruling expected Thursday

    Photo by Mark Olson PITTSBURGH -- First baseman Garrett Jones' arbitration ruling is expected tomorrow, according to the Associated Press. Jones, 30, asked for $2.5 million in his first year of arbitration, the Pirates countered with $2.25 million. Jones made $455,500 during the 2011 season. The Pirates and Jones both stated their...

  • Analysis
    Minor League Signing

    According to Baseball America, the Pirates have signed third baseman David Valesente to a minor league contract.  Valensente was a four-year starter at St. Joseph's University, batting over .300 in three of the four seasons, including .369 as a junior.  He wasn't drafted out of school and played for Alpine in the...

  • Analysis
    TV Contracts — The Next Frontier of Revenue

    Over on the main site, I did an article in December about what the potential value of Pittsburgh's local TV contract could be, since it is undisclosed.  I came to the conclusion by using other known TV contracts that the Pirates' deal could be worth $16.5M to $23.5M per season to them. Joel Sherman...

  • Site Updates
    The 2012 Annual Will Be Released Next Week

    The Pirates Prospects 2012 Annual is expected to be released next week. The book is currently in the final proof and editing process, and should be published by the end of the weekend. The 2012 Annual takes a look at the major league team, with player profiles for every player on the...

  • News and Rumors
    A.J. Burnett Rumors: Wednesday

    Kicking off today's A.J. Burnett watch with an update of my own. Last night I wrote in my blog that the Pittsburgh Pirates shouldn't cave to the New York Yankees, and instead should wait them out, hoping the Yankees budge on their demand to get more money or more prospects. My feeling...

  • 2012 Draft
    Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Draft Prospect Trackers

    In the past few years it has been easy to follow the potential draft prospects for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They were usually picking at the top of the draft, which meant the list of players to choose from was limited to the top three or four guys. Last year they were picking...

  • Pirates History
    This Date in Pirates History: February 15

    Only three former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date although two of them most people remember. There is one very interesting fact on one of the players about his first major league win and a brief history lesson on the making of the 1891 Pirates. Don Kelly(1980) utility player for the...

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