Morton Deserves Another Shot

This time last year there was a common phrase going around: Charlie Morton had great numbers outside of that one bad start in Chicago.  Morton posted a 4.55 ERA in 18 starts with the Pittsburgh Pirates, after coming over in the Nate McLouth trade.  That one start was a one inning, ten run outing against the Cubs.  Outside of that start, Morton had a 3.66 ERA in 17 starts, spanning 96 innings. A year later, Morton is coming off a...

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Manager Updates: Van Slyke, Porter, Garner

A few updates in the early stages of the manager search from Chuck Finder: -There were reports on Twitter that Andy Van Slyke was at PNC Park and gave a “no comment” when asked if he was there to interview for the manager position.  Finder reports that Van Slyke “unofficially” met with the Pirates, and informed them of his interest, not only in the manager role, but in a coaching position as well.  A few quotes...

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Tony Sanchez, Diego Moreno are Top FSL Prospects

Baseball America released their list of the top 20 prospects from the Florida State League in 2011 (scouting reports for subscribers here).  Tony Sanchez and Diego Moreno were the two Pittsburgh Pirates prospects who made the list, with Sanchez coming in 6th, and Moreno finishing 16th. Sanchez, the 2009 first round draft pick of the Pirates, had a shortened season due to getting hit in the face with a pitch, fracturing his jaw and...

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Should the Pirates Bring Chan Ho Park Back?

On August 4th, the Pittsburgh Pirates made two low-key waiver claims which turned out to be shrewd moves.  They claimed Chris Resop from the Atlanta Braves, and Chan Ho Park from the New York Yankees.  Resop went on to pitch 19 innings for the Pirates, with a 1.89 ERA, an 11.4 K/9, and a 4.7 BB/9.  It was a small sample, but only Joel Hanrahan had a better strikeout ratio among Pirates relievers this year, showing why many people feel...

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Is Eric Wedge the Favorite As the Next Manager?

The Pittsburgh Pirates have started their search for a new manager today, interviewing former Cleveland Indians manager Eric Wedge.  According to Rob Biertempfel, Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington flew from Florida to Pittsburgh to interview Wedge, and will stay in town the rest of the week to interview at least one more candidate. There’s a lot of speculation that Wedge could be the favorite, and this only adds to that...

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