Marlon Byrd was brought to Pittsburgh just before the playoff roster deadline. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
The Pittsburgh Pirates submitted their playoff roster to Major League Baseball, and it includes every player on the active roster and disabled lists, and that is important for any team.
"You typically do try to set your roster with the core of 25 that you'd look for in the postseason on August 31," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said recently. "I wouldn't read too much into it, [but] we were aggressive with a couple moves last year to get a couple young pitchers up that we felt were gonna be in a good position for us."
Let's review who those Core of 25 are, plus DL players:
** Represents players likely to remain injured, would be flex spots on the playoff roster. ...
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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.