• Spring Training Coverage
    Pirates Notebook: Watson Focusing on Consistency

    TAMPA, Fla. -- Left-hander Tony Watson spent the offseason focused on consistency. After making his Major League debut with the Pirates on June 8 against Arizona last season, Watson finished with a 3.95 ERA over 43 appearances (41.0 innings). But his ERA jumped up and down over his four months in Pittsburgh....

  • Game Recaps
    Bedard Focuses on Pitching Inside In Loss to Yankees

    Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates TAMPA, Fla. --  Left-hander Erik Bedard allowed four runs on five hits over 3.2 innings in his third Grapefruit League start this spring. He walked three and struck out three in the Pirates 10-3 loss to the New York Yankees in Tampa on Tuesday night. Bedard said he...

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Prospect Notebook: Mega Prospect Day

    Clayton Holmes threw today at Pirate City. The Pirates had a camp day today, which ended with four intersquad games. Days like this are like mega prospect days. Everywhere you look there's a Pirates pitcher throwing, and a Pirates hitter hitting. The Pirates had games on all four fields, which can make...

  • Pirates History
    A Recent History of the 82nd Win – 1990

    After climbing the hill in 1988, the Pirates slipped badly in 1989. The club fell below the .500 mark again and was never closer than 10 off the pace after the All-Star break. The Pirates re-tooled slightly heading into 1990. Bobby Bonilla was moved from third base into right field. Former first...

  • Analysis
    Pregame: Pirates vs. Yankees in Tampa

    Good afternoon from George M. Steinbrenner Field, formally known as Legend's field. The Pirates will face the Yankees at 7:05 tonight. Lefty Erik Bedard will face Michael Pineda. Bedard will be making his third start of the spring. Bedard tossed three scoreless frames, giving up just one hit with three strikeouts against...

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Tim Alderson Returns to Long Toss, Sees Velocity Return

    When the Pittsburgh Pirates were shopping Freddy Sanchez in 2009, the expectations were low on a return. The second baseman was making $6.1 M, which was a reasonable salary for his production. However, his $8 M option in 2010 was too high, essentially making him a two-month rental to any team that...

  • Analysis
    Pirate City Observations – 3/20/12

    Today is my last day down here, but Tim, Kristy, and Wilbur will still all be down here for a little while. I got over to Pirate City at 9:30 a.m. to check out the action and see the intra-squad scrimmages. Here's some quick thoughts on players that I saw: * Yhonathan...

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Tabata Feeling Comfort in Right Field

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- At just five years old, outfielder Jose Tabata's father told him stories of Roberto Clemente. He showed him videos, articles in the paper, everything. But the young Tabata was unaware of who he was. As Tabata got older, his father told him, ‘one day, I want to see you...

  • Analysis
    Notes From Pirate City: The Camp Days I Love

    In previous years I've only come to Spring Training during the final two weeks of the season. The minor league players were already playing games, and when a camp day came around, it would conclude with a few intersquad games. That's great, because on every field you have a game to watch,...

  • Pirates History
    This Date in Pirates History: March 20

    Four former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date and we start for the one that spent nine seasons in a Pirates uniform. Walter Schmidt(1887) was a catcher for the Pirates from 1916 until 1924. It took him eight seasons of minor league ball before he made his big league debut with...

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