Team USA brings home the gold

The 2009 baseball World Cup concluded today with the gold medal match between the United States and Cuba. Team USA won the contest 10-5, thanks to 4.1 innings from Brad Lincoln, who picked up his third win of the tournament. In Lincoln’s 4.1 innings, he allowed six hits, three runs, one walk and two strikeouts. Lincoln finishes the tournament with 23.1 innings pitched, a 2.70 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP, and a 12:6 K/BB ratio. His first...

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Help fight cancer and get a baseball autographed by Pirates prospects

UPDATE 9/27, 6:15 PM: The bidding is up to $193.55 at the time of this update, with a little less than 3 hours remaining. The auction ends tonight at 9:10 PM EST. See below for details on the auction, and to bid, go here. UPDATE 9/27, 9:15 AM: The bidding is up to $154.53 at the time of this update, with a little less than 12 hours remaining. The auction ends tonight at 9:10 PM EST. See below for details on the auction, and to bid, go...

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Cutting Belisario was not crazy

An article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette today focuses on former Pittsburgh Pirates’ pitching prospect, Ronald Belisario, who has had a great deal of success with the Los Angeles Dodgers this season. In the article, Belisario mentions how it was crazy that the Pirates let him go. I don’t think the decision to let Belisario go was that crazy. Belisario started his career as an international free agent with the Florida...

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2009 Draft Picks: The First Look

The 2009 draft started off very controversial. The Pirates, with the fourth pick in the first round, selected catcher Tony Sanchez, ranked by many as a late first round talent. They selected Victor Black at the end of the compensation round, right about where Black was expected to go. Then they took Brooks Pounders and Evan Chambers in the second and third rounds, both selections considered reaches. Day two caused things to all make...

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2008 Draft Picks: The First Full Year

The 2008 draft marked the first draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates under Neal Huntington. Right from the start it represented a major change, with the Pirates selecting Pedro Alvarez with the number two pick in the draft. The selection would normally be considered a no-brainer, but for a team that selected Bryan Bullington over B.J. Upton, and Daniel Moskos over Matt Wieters, pretty much every Pirates fan was skeptical about whether the...

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