First Pitch: Is It a Guarantee That Russell Martin Will Be Gone After the Season?
Sep25

First Pitch: Is It a Guarantee That Russell Martin Will Be Gone After the Season?

Pittsburgh Pirates fans have been expecting Russell Martin to be gone at the end of the year. The catcher is having a career year at the plate, and over the last two years the appreciation for catcher defense has gone way up across the league, increasing his value. Complicating the matters further is the fact that the Pirates balked at giving A.J. Burnett more than $12 M last year, stating they didn’t want to exceed a certain...

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Playoff Race Update: Pirates Lose, But Don’t Lose Any Ground
Sep25

Playoff Race Update: Pirates Lose, But Don’t Lose Any Ground

The Pittsburgh Pirates clinched the post-season yesterday. Today they tried to get closer to the goal of winning the top Wild Card spot, or getting closer to winning the NL Central. That didn’t happen, as they lost 6-2 to the Atlanta Braves. However, everyone else lost, meaning the Pirates didn’t lose any ground. Here is an update on all of the races based on tonight’s results. NL Central Cubs 3, Cardinals 1 Braves...

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Cole Tucker and Mitch Keller Named to Baseball America’s GCL Top 20
Sep24

Cole Tucker and Mitch Keller Named to Baseball America’s GCL Top 20

Baseball America started their individual league top 20 lists today, profiling the Gulf Coast League with their first list. Two Pittsburgh Pirates prospects made the GCL top 20, with shortstop Cole Tucker coming in at number 11 and right-handed pitcher Mitch Keller landing at number 13. The list can be seen in the link above, and scouting reports for subscribers can be found here. The Pirates selected Tucker in the first round of the...

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First Pitch: Pirates Fans Deserve a Long Buctober
Sep24

First Pitch: Pirates Fans Deserve a Long Buctober

A year ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates reached the playoffs for the first time since 1992. Exactly one year later, they clinched again. This time around, they sit 1.5 games out of first place, with an outside shot of taking the NL Central and skipping over the one-game play-in. The more likely scenario is that they would end up with home field in the Wild Card game, especially since the Giants have to make up two games just to take home...

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Playoff Race Update: Pirates Clinch the Playoffs; What’s Next?
Sep24

Playoff Race Update: Pirates Clinch the Playoffs; What’s Next?

One year ago today, the Pittsburgh Pirates clinched the post-season for the first time since 1992. Exactly one year later, they made it back to the playoffs, winning 3-2 over the Atlanta Braves. That, paired with a loss by the Milwaukee Brewers, was enough to clinch the post-season. The Pirates currently hold home field advantage in the Wild Card game, but might have a shot at improving their status. Here is an update on all of the...

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