Pirates fire another employee

Following the news that was released last week about the Pittsburgh Pirates firing a pierogi for posting a negative comment about the team on Facebook, I’ve learned that another employee at PNC Park has been let go recently.  Ira Gordon, an 86-year old reader of the site, recently informed me that her son, Jerry Gordon, an usher in section 99 of PNC Park, has been fired for “doing his job” as the elder Gordon...

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Notes: Zach Duke, Jack Taschner, Draft Pick Rumors, Kevin Mort

Some notes from the last two days, plus some news items that I’ve mentioned on Twitter, but have yet to post to the site: -Zach Duke has a minor muscle strain near his left elbow, and will miss his next scheduled start on Tuesday.  Duke has struggled this year with a 5.49 ERA in 80.1 innings, which is his worst total since 2007 when he had a 5.53 ERA.  Duke has an 8.18 ERA in his last four starts, which probably would...

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Brock Holt out for the season

Brock Holt has been diagnosed with a torn MCL, will be on crutches for six weeks, and will likely require surgery.  This will likely end his first full season in the Pirates’ organization.  Holt was injured on June 5th in a collision with second baseman Adenson Chourio. Holt, drafted in the ninth round in the 2009 draft, put up a .299/.361/.449 line in 254 at-bats with State College last year.  He made a surprise...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/19/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Buffalo 9-3 in 10 innings.  Charlie Morton pitched five innings, allowing three runs on six hits, with three walks and five strikeouts.  Justin Thomas pitched 1.2 shutout innings, allowing one hit and striking out four.  Wilfredo Ledezma pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts.  Jean Machi pitched two perfect innings with three strikeouts. Steve Pearce went 3-for-4...

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Pirates Front Office vs the Pittsburgh Media

A few stories have come out in the last few days which have me thinking about something: is there a conflict going on between the Pittsburgh Pirates’ front office and the Pittsburgh media?  This is all speculation, but here are my thoughts on the recent events. First, you’ve got the big story that Neal Huntington and John Russell were extended this past off-season, and that the Pirates’ front office kept the...

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