• 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...

  • Analysis
    First Pitch: West Virginia Could Be the Team to Watch

    The minor league rosters are far from set at this point in Spring Training. There are two weeks to go in minor league camp, but based on the rosters during the A-ball games, and the natural progression of players throughout the system, it looks like West Virginia will be a team to...

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Pirates Notebook: Meek Continues to Move Forward This Spring

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- After making a rough Grapefruit League debut with the Pirates, right-hander Evan Meek has bounced back this spring by tossing three scoreless frames over his last three appearances. He's allowed one hit with two strikeouts. Meek worked hard over the offseason to get his body in better shape, dropping...

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Prospect Notebook: Kingham Pounding the Strike Zone

    Nick Kingham made his second start of Spring Training, and his first start of the year at Pirate City today, going up against the Philadelphia A-ball team. Kingham threw four innings, throwing mostly fastballs. His command looked sharp for where he's at in Spring Training right now. "It's been well," Kingham said...

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