Tonight is all about the fans who have followed this team for years. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
When I started this site in 2009, I just wanted a place to keep track of the payroll, option years, and a place to post updates from my trips to Lynchburg to see Pedro Alvarez. Only about 50 people read the site at the time, with a majority of them coming from the Pirates MLB.com message board. Like most people who lived outside of the Pittsburgh area, I took to online forums and blogs to keep in contact with Pirates fans. There's something about sports where you need that contact. You need to talk to other Pirates fans about what is going on, and to find out how other people felt about the Aramis Ramirez trade, or passing on Matt Wieters, or the rebuild under Huntington.
Everyone has their own Pirates online community, but it wasn't until I started this site that I saw how many there were and how loyal and invested Pirates fans were, despite all of the losing.
Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.