First Pitch: Pirates Could Soon Have the Best Outfield in Baseball
Dec24

First Pitch: Pirates Could Soon Have the Best Outfield in Baseball

The Pittsburgh Pirates have an MVP center fielder. They also have a center fielder who is a playmaker, and uses his center field skills to be one of the best defensive left-fielders in the game. In the wings they have a third center fielder who has the potential to be just as good as the MVP, and who could arrive by mid-season 2014. Most teams would kill for just one good center fielder. The Pirates will most likely have three of them...

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Pirates Lose Ryan Reid on Waivers to the Mets
Dec23

Pirates Lose Ryan Reid on Waivers to the Mets

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost relief pitcher Ryan Reid on waivers to the New York Mets, according to Chris Cotillo. Source: #Mets claim Ryan Reid off waivers from #Pirates — Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) December 23, 2013 Reid was designated for assignment last week in order to make room on the 40-man roster for Edinson Volquez and Clint Barmes. The claim by the Mets doesn’t change much for the Pirates. If Reid would have...

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Why Nick Kingham Would Be Too Much to Pay For Ike Davis
Dec22

Why Nick Kingham Would Be Too Much to Pay For Ike Davis

On Friday morning, I read an article by Bob Smizik talking about how¬†the Pittsburgh Pirates should be open to trading a top prospect for first baseman Ike Davis. There were parts of the article I agreed with, and parts I disagreed with. At the end of the article, Smizik asks a simple question to “all of those afflicted with PSS (Prospect Separation Syndrome)”: Why not trade Nick Kingham for Ike Davis? I guess I would...

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First Pitch: The 2014 Prospect Guide is Now Available
Dec20

First Pitch: The 2014 Prospect Guide is Now Available

I arrived in Virginia this afternoon, a few days early for Christmas, for the main purpose of trying to get the 2014 Prospect Guide out by the end of the week. By sending the book to Virginia, rather than Florida, I was able to get everything packaged up tonight to ship out tomorrow. If you have placed a pre-order, you would have received a tracking number in your e-mail. This is the fourth Prospect Guide we have produced. This...

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First Pitch: The Only Thing About TV Revenue That Matters
Dec18

First Pitch: The Only Thing About TV Revenue That Matters

The controversy surrounding the Pittsburgh Pirates’ local TV deal is a strange one. The Pirates are considered a small market team, or low revenue if you prefer. Their TV deal has been reported to be one of the lowest in the game, in a time where teams are signing huge TV contracts right and left. The Pirates signed their extension — running through 2020 — just before the TV market exploded. Call it bad timing, bad...

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