John Dreker

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    Winter Leagues 11/19: Ciriaco Picks Up Two Hits

    Saturday’s winter league action with Pirates’ players and friends: DOMINICAN LEAGUE Toros del Este 3, Tigres del Licey 2 Matt Hague went 1-3 with a single, walk and a strikeout. He is now hitting .309 although he also committed his 8th error of the season. Pedro Ciriaco played left field and went...

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    This Date in Pirates History: November 19

    On this date in 1962 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded star shortstop Dick Groat and pitcher Diomedes Olivo to the St Louis Cardinals for pitcher Don Cardwell and infielder Julio Gotay. In our November 4th article we covered the career of Dick Groat, who played nine seasons in Pittsburgh with a .290 batting...

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    Winter Leagues 11/18: Farrell Drives in the Winning Run

    Friday’s winter league action with Pirates’ players and friends: DOMINICAN LEAGUE Toros del Este 1, Gigantes del Cibao 11 Matt Hague went 0-1 with a walk before being lifted during the 4th inning for a defensive replacement. He is now batting .308 after 25 games played. Pedro Ciriaco went 0-4 with 3 strikeouts...

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    This Date in Pirates History: November 18

    On this date in 1998 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded pitcher Ricardo Rincon to the Cleveland Indians for outfielder Brian Giles. The trade was a one-sided win for the Pirates as Giles was an all-star outfielder and Rincon was a lefty reliever, who pitched 207 games for the Indians but only amassed 154.1...

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    This Date in Pirates History: November 17

    On this date in 1933 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded longtime leftfielder Adam Comorosky and second baseman Tony Piet to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for pitcher Red Lucas and outfielder Wally Roettger. For the Pirates, who finished in second place with an 87-67 record, it was their biggest move of the off-season...

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    This Date in Pirates History: November 16

    On this date in 1950 the Pittsburgh Pirates selected Dale Long and George Metkovich in the rule V draft. Long was selected from the New York Yankees organization, while Metkovich was taken from Oakland in the Pacific Coast League. Long lasted just ten games in 1951 with the Pirates before he was...

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    This Date in Pirates History: November 15

    Born on this date in 1928 was Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Gus Bell, who played for them from 1950-52. Bell was signed as an amateur free agent in 1947 and by age 20 he already had two .300 seasons in the minors. He started the 1950 season in AAA playing for Indianapolis...

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    This Date in Pirates History: November 14

    On this date in 1996 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded veteran reliever Dan Plesac, infielder Carlos Garcia and 1B/OF Orlando Merced to the Toronto Blue Jays for pitcher Jose Silva and minor leaguers Brandon Cromer and Jose Pett plus three players to be named later. On December 11th the Pirates received infielder Abe...

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    This Date in Pirates History: November 13

    On this date in 1947, Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher, Gene Garber was born. He was drafted by the Pirates in the 20th round of the 1965 amateur draft and he played for Pittsburgh from 1969-70,1972. Garber played a total of just 20 games in the majors with the Pirates before being traded...

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    1904-05 Pirates Offseason

    The 1904 Pittsburgh Pirates broke a string of three straight NL pennant winning seasons despite the fact they returned their entire starting lineup from the previous season. The main problem was they came into the 1904 season short on pitching and when they lost Deacon Phillippe for an extended time, they were...

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