Brock Holt Interview: 2012 Version

In January 2011 we had a chance to talk to Brock Holt as he got ready for the upcoming season. That interview can be read here. Last year he was coming off a season ending knee injury at this time, looking forward to what would end up being his first full season of minor league ball. He played 132 games this year for Altoona, hitting .288 with 30 doubles, 18 stolen bases and 50 walks. He was named to the Eastern League All-Star game...

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This Date in Pirates History: January 14

Seven former Pittsburgh Pirates players have been born on this date as well as a manager who never played for the team but he did go on to have his jersey retired by the Pirates. With so many people to cover I’ll keep the descriptions brief and start with the most recent player first. Steve Cooke¬†(1970) pitcher for the Pirates from 1992 until 1997. He was a 35th round draft pick by the Pirates in 1989 but he didn’t sign...

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Pittsburgh Pirates: The First 25 Seasons

The current day Pittsburgh Pirates franchise started in 1882 as a member of the American Association, a rival league to the National League and one that existed for ten seasons. The Pittsburgh Alleghenys were one of the teams that played in the leagues first season and they remained as a member of the AA until being invited to join the National League for the 1887 season. This is a follow up to the first ten seasons article I did back...

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This Date in Pirates History: January 13

On this date in 1954 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded starting pitcher Murry Dickson to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for relief pitcher Andy Hansen and seldom used infielder Jack Lohrke along with $70,000 also going to the Pirates in the deal. For the Pirates in was a cost cutting move, they were just 50-104 in 1953 and they finished 7th out of eight NL teams in attendance. Dickson was their win leader in 1953 and he had also...

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This Date in Pirates History: January 12

On this date in 1988, Willie Stargell was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year on the ballot. Willie was named on 352 of the 427 ballots, a total of least 321(75%) were necessary for election. Stargell was the only player voted in that year but four others on the ballot eventually got in, one of them being Bill Mazeroski who finished 7th with 33.5% of the votes. Willie played 21 seasons in a Pittsburgh...

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