• Pirates History
    Pittsburgh’s First Minor League Team

    Since this site started as a minor league site (that has expanded to cover every aspect of the Pirates) and we try to give you as much minor league information as possible, why not make a history column about the first minor league team that actually played in the city of Pittsburgh....

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Alvarez, McCutchen Seeing Good Results with New Batting Stances

    BRADENTON -- Pedro Alvarez and Andrew McCutchen both tweaked their batting stances this offseason. McCutchen hit just .216 after the second half of the season in 2011 after a strong first half that named him to the National League All-Star team. Alvarez appeared in just 74 games with Pittsburgh with a .191 average...

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Pirates Bullpen Crowded This Spring

    Chris Leroux is one of the relievers fighting for a spot in the bullpen this Spring. -Photo by Mark Olson BRADENTON -- The Pittsburgh Pirates are just several days away from seeing game action, as the Grapefruit League kicks off on Saturday. While it's a given that right-hander Joel Hanrahan will be the...

  • Analysis
    Kensing, Lincoln Injury Updates

    -- Right-hander Logan Kensing left his live batting practice session early today with tightness in his lower right abdomen. Kensing, who is a non-roster spring training invite, said after workouts today that he has not injured that area previously. After throwing several pitches, Kensing exited BP. The Pirates said they will update his condition in two...

  • Analysis
    Oddly Comforted By A $10M Gap

    Yesterday's news cycle brought word that Andrew McCutchen and the Pirates are approximately $10M apart on terms of a contract.  That is a boatload of money is any situation, but I'm somewhat relieved that McCutchen and his agent Steve Hammond are looking at Justin Upton and Jay Bruce's deals as benchmarks. Those...

  • Analysis
    Live From Pirate City: 2/28

    Just arrived at Pirate City for the day. I'm planning on watching Gerrit Cole throw live batting practice, along with a few other pitchers that are on the schedule. I'm hoping to talk to Cole and Robbie Grossman today in order to do features on each player. Minor league camp starts a...

  • Analysis
    Day 10 of Spring Training

    Good morning from Pirate City. -- Today's scheduled pitchers to throw live BP: Field 1: A.J. Burnett, Jeff Locke, Logan Kensing, Tim Wood Field 2: Jeff Karstens, Daniel Moskos, Bryan Morris, Mike Crotta Field 3: Kyle McPherson, Rudy Owens, Jared Hughes Field 4: Kevin Correia, Gerrit Cole, Justin Wilson, Duke Welker The...

  • Pirates History
    This Date in Pirates History: February 28

    There have been four former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date who were all born before 1900 and then one other who played just this past season. Starting with Aaron Thompson(1987) who was a first round draft pick of the Florida Marlins in 2005. The left-hander was traded to the Nationals...

  • Analysis
    Nutting on Local TV Revenue Escalation

    OK, I swear this is the last post/article I do on local TV revenue and its potential effect on the smaller TV markets in MLB.  Even though it is an issue bubbling under the surface that will have major impacts on the landscape for the next 5-10 years probably. Kristy Robinson interviewed...

  • Analysis
    First Pitch: Alcatraz and Minor League Spring Training

    Last summer, thanks to Netflix, I watched the entire series of "Lost" from start to finish. I rarely watch shows when they're on TV, always wanting to avoid investing in a show, only for it to get cancelled after one season. The downside to this is that I'd be four seasons behind...

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