2014 Recaps: Right Field Led to Unlikely Breakouts, But the Future is Gregory Polanco
Oct17

2014 Recaps: Right Field Led to Unlikely Breakouts, But the Future is Gregory Polanco

Heading into the 2014 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates were sticking with internal options in right field, just waiting for Gregory Polanco to arrive in the majors. Polanco was the long-term solution for the Pirates, completing their Dream Outfield along with Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte. The Pirates opted to go with Travis Snider and Jose Tabata, two outfielders who struggled at the position enough in 2013 to warrant a big trade...

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First Pitch: How Baseball is Still Unfair to Small Markets, Despite Small Market Success
Oct17

First Pitch: How Baseball is Still Unfair to Small Markets, Despite Small Market Success

I’ve written a lot about how baseball is unfair to small market teams. The fact that some teams can spend double or triple what about a third of the league can spend in payroll illustrates that baseball doesn’t have equality. A lot of times, this argument is mistaken as saying “small market teams can’t win.” We’re currently in a year where the Kansas City Royals are going to a World Series. The...

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Jon Daniels: “Probably Unlikely” That More Pirates Personnel Follows Banister to Texas
Oct16

Jon Daniels: “Probably Unlikely” That More Pirates Personnel Follows Banister to Texas

Texas Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels held a conference call this evening for members of the Texas and Pittsburgh media, making the hiring of Jeff Banister official. Most of the conference call discussed the hiring process, and general things that led the Rangers to select Banister as their new manager. One key bit of information that came up for the Pirates involved whether the Rangers would take anyone from the Pittsburgh...

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2014 Recaps: Starling Marte Has Quietly Become One of the Best in Baseball
Oct16

2014 Recaps: Starling Marte Has Quietly Become One of the Best in Baseball

Prior to the 2012 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Andrew McCutchen to a big extension. The deal paid him $51.5 M, locking up all of his arbitration years and buying out control of three free agent years. That season, McCutchen responded with a 6.8 WAR, went on to win an MVP award the next year, and the extension started looking like a massive value for the Pirates. They might have gotten the same massive value with Starling...

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Jeff Banister to be Hired as the New Manager of the Rangers
Oct16

Jeff Banister to be Hired as the New Manager of the Rangers

According to Ken Rosenthal, Jeff Banister will be hired as the manager of the Texas Rangers. Sources: #Rangers to hire #Pirates’ Banister as manager. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 16, 2014 Less than an hour ago, we heard that Banister impressed in his interview, making the hiring process difficult. Obviously he impressed enough to get the job. The immediate question here would be about Banister’s replacement...

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