Monday night in Winter ball for the Pittsburgh Pirates organization was a slow one, though two items of interest popped up. The first was concerning Gregory Polanco, who was scratched from the lineup with a stomach virus. It was a late decision to remove him from the lineup, happening less than an hour before game time. This is the second time he has missed action with an illness. Early in the year he missed three games with the flu.
In Venezuela, the other news of note was Andrew Lambo starting at first base for the second time. The game started on time, but during the second inning, the power went out and eventually the game was postponed. This game was a makeup of an earlier postponed game. Lambo also started at first base on November 21st.
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.