• Spring Training Coverage
    Pirates Notebook: Barajas, Barmes Defense Helping Club

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Over the offseason, the Pirates were looking to upgrade their defense both at shortstop and behind the plate. Clint Barmes and Rod Barajas signed with Pittsburgh, and so far this spring they have made the staff better. Barmes, 33, signed a two-year deal in November. Since 2003, Barmes has...

  • Analysis
    Taking In A Game at McKechnie Field

    Today was our first day at Spring Training after arriving from Pittsburgh this morning. I'm down with 2 die-hard Pirates fans, one is a casual follower of the minors and the other is just focused on the major league team. But both are true Pirates fans, which makes the event interesting. I'm...

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Prospect Notebook: 27 Outs

    27 Outs Today was a camp day at Pirate City, and there were no games played. Instead, the team played games called "27 outs". Two teams would take the field with the goal of being the first team to reach, you guessed it, 27 outs. There would be a batter at the...

  • Pirates History
    Welcome Back to Pittsburgh

    While writing about the nine player trade between the Oakland A’s and Pittsburgh Pirates from yesterday, I noticed two of the players sent to Oakland, returned to Pittsburgh to finish their career. Mitchell Page and Doug Bair were part of the trade that brought back Phil Garner and both finished their career...

  • Game Recaps
    Correia Very Efficient in Bucs Win Over Phillies

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Right-hander Kevin Correia continued his solid spring on Friday at McKechnie Field in the Pirates 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. The 31-year-old made his third start, and over four scoreless innings, Correia gave up just one hit with a walk and two strikeouts. He has yet to give up...

  • Analysis
    Jeremy Hellickson, BABIP, and the divide between playing and analyzing

    In yesterday’s Tampa Bay Times, Marc Topkin talked with Jeremy Hellickson and Rays manager Joe Maddon about Hellickson’s insanely low .223 Batting Average on Balls In Play (BABIP) allowed in 2011. This has been a continuing discussion in Rays-land over the offseason, as many have questioned Hellickson’s ability to sustain his 2011...

  • Pirates History
    This Date in Pirates History: March 16

    Not only was Hall of Famer Lloyd Waner born on this date, but another Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder that also had a real strong career shares the same birth date. Patsy Donovan(1865) outfielder for the Pirates from 1892 until 1899 batted over .300 six times during his time in Pittsburgh. He was part...

  • 2012 Draft
    Weekend Pirates Draft Prospects Preview: 3/16-3/18

    Today I added a new draft tracker to the site, University of San Francisco pitcher Kyle Zimmer. Zimmer emerged as a top of the rotation starter at San Francisco in 2011, leading his team to a win over Gerrit Cole and UCLA in the regionals with an 11 strikeout performance. He entered...

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Lefty Reyes Changes Arm Slot

    Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes made his second start (third appearance) of the spring on Thursday against the Minnesota Twins. Reyes allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits over 2.1 innings with a pair of walks. After his outing, Reyes said he changed his arm slot over...

  • Pirates History
    Lloyd “Little Poison” Waner

    Today marks the 106th birthday(article published in 2012) of Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Fame outfielder Lloyd Waner. He gets his own post for the day, while the other players born on this date, will get a group post in the afternoon. For now we concentrate on the man known as “Little Poison”,...

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