Dodgers Hire Andrew Friedman – How This Could Impact Russell Martin
Oct14

Dodgers Hire Andrew Friedman – How This Could Impact Russell Martin

The big news today is that the Los Angeles Dodgers have hired Andrew Friedman away from the Tampa Bay Rays. BREAKING: Andrew Friedman is leaving #Rays for #Dodgers. Matt Silverman will take over Rays baseball operations. — Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) October 14, 2014 Friedman is one of the best executives in the game, making the Rays a contender in almost every year since 2008, all while having one of the lowest payrolls in...

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First Pitch: In Discussing the Best Players in MLB, Andrew McCutchen is Second to One
Oct14

First Pitch: In Discussing the Best Players in MLB, Andrew McCutchen is Second to One

In 2012, Andrew McCutchen had his first big breakout season, hitting for a .327/.400/.553 line and putting up a 6.8 WAR. The fear at the end of the year, after the Pirates collapsed in the second half, was that McCutchen wouldn’t be able to repeat those numbers in the future, making it impossible for the Pirates to contend in future years. McCutchen didn’t repeat those numbers the following year. He improved on them. He...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Center Field Recap: Another MVP Season For McCutchen?
Oct13

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Center Field Recap: Another MVP Season For McCutchen?

Each year we do a recap of every position at the major league level for the Pittsburgh Pirates, taking a look at how the 2014 season went at that position, along with the future of the position. Each year there is no position easier than the center field position. The Pirates have no question marks surrounding their center field position, either in the short-term or long-term. They’ve got Andrew McCutchen, who is one of the best...

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Russell Martin Turned Down a Pirates Mid-Season Extension Offer
Oct11

Russell Martin Turned Down a Pirates Mid-Season Extension Offer

I missed this while I was on the road yesterday, but Jon Heyman reports that Russell Martin turned down an offer during the 2014 season from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Heyman says that the terms of the deal were unknown, and that there’s no indication that the sides are anywhere close on a deal right now. This news isn’t a surprise. I wrote the other night about how Martin has been looking forward to free agency since the day...

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The Top 10 Choices For the Pirates’ New Minor League Team Name in Morgantown
Oct10

The Top 10 Choices For the Pirates’ New Minor League Team Name in Morgantown

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be moving their NYPL affiliate from Jamestown to Morgantown next year, playing in the new baseball stadium that will be built for West Virginia University. So far, the team doesn’t have a name, but that will change soon. The Morgantown franchise released the ten finalists for the team name. You can vote on that name until Friday, October 17th at 5 PM by going here. Below are the names, along with some...

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