• Pirates History
    Happy 138th to the Flying Dutchman

    I will have the normal “This Date” article in the morning but one former Pittsburgh Pirates player born on this date deserves his own post. John Peter “Honus” Wagner, was born on February 24, 1874 in Chartiers, Pa., which is just outside of Pittsburgh. His older brother Albert was a minor leaguer...

  • Transactions
    Pirates Sign Kris Harvey

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right handed pitcher Kris Harvey to a minor league deal, according to the latest minor league transactions report by Matt Eddy at Baseball America. Harvey turned 28 in January, and has pitched as high as the AA level. He spent his entire career with the Florida Marlins,...

  • Site Updates
    The 2012 Annual Starts Shipping Today

    The first shipment of the Pirates Prospects 2012 Annual arrived yesterday. The book was sent in for final publication on Monday, just in time to make the last minute addition of A.J. Burnett. The Annual can be purchased on the products page of the site. If you haven’t bought the 2012 Prospect...

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Meek Ready to Prove Himself

    Photo by Mark Olson BRADENTON -- Right-hander Evan Meek focused on several things over the offseason: getting his arm healthy, getting strong, and getting into better shape. The 2011 season was frustrating for Meek, coming off a year prior in which he was named a Pirates All-Star after posting a 1.11 ERA...

  • Analysis
    Proud Again: Live-blogging the early 1990’s Pirates

    Beginning at 7 PM tonight, I am watching the 1988, 1990 and 1991 Pirates highlight videos. I will live-blog the event here, and I hope you will join me as I relive the most successful teams of my lifetime. For a detailed report on how these teams were built, be sure to...

  • Analysis
    Greg Smith — Chance of Signing Bell was less than 50%

    Over at Fangraphs, David Laurila had a great piece where he interviewed Greg Smith, now Pirates Assistant GM/then Scouting Director for the Pirates.  The whole interview is fantastic and worth a read, but I wanted to highlight a section that dealt with the signing process with Josh Bell. There was a lot...

  • Analysis
    Pirates President Frank Coonelly Charged With DUI

    According to Dejan Kovacevic, Pittsburgh Pirates president Frank Coonelly was charged with a DUI on December 22nd. Coonelly had a blood-alcohol content of .16, which is higher than the Pennsylvania legal limit of .08. Pennsylvania has a tiered system for DUI charges. A blood-alcohol content of .16 or higher is the fourth...

  • Analysis
    Day Five of Spring Training

    Good morning from Pirate City. -- There are no bullpens scheduled for the pitchers today. Instead, they will be working on drills and taking batting practice, working on bunts and slug bunts, etc. -- Tomorrow, the pitchers will start throwing live BP to the Pirates hitters. -- Position players are to report by...

  • Pirates History
    This Date in Pirates History: February 23

    On this date in 2000, the Pittsburgh Pirates traded outfielder Al Martin for two minor leaguers and John Vander Wal. Neither of the two minor leaguers the Pirates got made the majors. James Sak was a 26 year old reliever who had just pitched in AAA for the first time in 1999....

  • Analysis
    Pirates Prospects on ESPN 970 This Morning

    I will be on ESPN 970 today at 10:35 AM with David Todd talking Pittsburgh Pirates baseball. You can listen live on ESPN 970 AM in Pittsburgh, or online by going here.... This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system, with...

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