Hall of Fame Push for the Deacon

The following is from Pirates Prospects contributor John Dreker, as part of his ongoing Pirates History feature. The feature focuses on the history of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and every Sunday, John will take a look at a different piece of that history. This week John looks at Deacon White, and why he should be placed in the Hall of Fame. Despite his rather rough start with Pittsburgh and the fact he spent just one season with the...

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Alleghenys Strike Gold

The following is from Pirates Prospects contributor John Dreker, as part of his ongoing Pirates History feature. The feature focuses on the history of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and every Sunday, John will take a look at a different piece of that history. This week John looks at one of the best purchases the Pirates have ever made. As I mentioned in my last article, I’d cover the purchase of Jake Beckley and Harry Staley in this...

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Building A Team, 1888 Style

The following is from Pirates Prospects contributor John Dreker, as part of his ongoing Pirates History feature. The feature focuses on the history of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and every Sunday, John will take a look at a different piece of that history. This week John looks at how the 1888 team was built. In their first season in the NL, the Pittsburgh Alleghenys finished a disappointing 55-69, in 6th place (out of 8 teams) and 24...

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Interview with Brock Holt

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Brock Holt in the ninth round of the 2009 draft, selecting the middle infielder out of Rice University.  Holt played second base at Rice, due to Rick Hague playing shortstop, although he has spent most of his time with the Pirates working at short, especially during the 2009 season. After signing in 2009, Holt went on to put up a .299/.361/.449 line in 285 plate-appearances in the New York-Penn League....

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2005 Pirates Amateur Draft: Five Years Later

¬† In 2005 the Pirates drafted 11th overall and took a high school centefielder from Fort Meade, Florida who is obviously one of the top players on the current team, Andrew McCutchen. Just five years later I thought I’d take a look at what happened to the other 49 players taken that day and what ever became of them. The pick of McCutchen was obviously a success but other than him the only other player who has actually played for...

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