The Pirates' outfielders are ready for the playoffs, but which players will be there for it? (Photo Credit: David Hague)
For the first time in a generation, Pirates fans will be paying close attention to the process of making a playoff roster. The expansion of rosters on Sept. 1 will be an interesting day to watch and see who joins the Bucs, but it's the day before that is critical to figure out who is most likely to appear in the postseason.
As such, we hope to answer some of the most pertinent questions you have about how the Pirates will put together what would be their first playoff roster in more than 20 years.
1. On August 31, each team will send a list of names to Major League Baseball for postseason purposes.
The names will players on the following lists:
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James dabbles in the baseballey-writey world. He won the SABR Analytics Conference Research Award for contemporary baseball analysis. It was for that defensive shifts piece, you remember that? Not a huge deal, he also lost a bunch of other awards.
He has also written for NBCOlympics.com, Pittsburgh Magazine, Pittsburgh Sports Report and the official websites of the Los Angeles Clippers and Pittsburgh Penguins.
By night, James is a television news reporter and weekend anchor for WKBN and WYTV in Youngstown, Ohio. Makes sense, seeing as how his degree from the University of Southern California is in Broadcast Journalism.
James dispenses more bad jokes at his Twitter account, @JamesSantelli. It's there that he promises to write in the first-person.