Ben Sheets is classic Moneyball

For some reason, pretty much every Pittsburgh Pirates forum I’ve checked has had some kind of topic or discussion about Ben Sheets signing with the Oakland Athletics for $10 M.  As with any Billy Beane move, the “Moneyball” debate gets brought up.  The only problem with this is that, despite tons of publication, and the existence of the book for about six or seven years, nobody really understands what...

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The Shortstop Situation

Yesterday Dejan Kovacevic reviewed the team needs that have been filled this off-season, noting that the Pirates plugged a big hole at second base, and filled a need with their additions to the bullpen.  However, DK made a good point that shortstop, much like second base, was a big need heading in to this off-season, and that the Ronny Cedeno/Bobby Crosby combo might not be the answer. Back in October, when the off-season was...

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The Right Time to Spend

Dejan Kovacevic did an interview with Pittsburgh Pirates’ owner Bob Nutting, which was up on the Post-Gazette site yesterday.  In the interview, Kovacevic asked the following question about payroll, with the following response: Q: So, your expectation remains that, if this group becomes competitive, you will be able to someday spend at the level of the Brewers and Reds? A: I think that’s expected. I think it’s...

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BUCCO Fans is a Year Old

This past weekend, BUCCO Fans.com turned a year old.  I started this site a year ago to accomplish two goals.  First, I wanted a central location for all of the resources I reference when talking about the Pirates.  These resources incude things that can be found in the features section, such as team payroll, individual salaries, service time, options remaining, trade histories, etc.  I’m still working on...

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Pirates traded Sanchez at the right time

My wife’s car is about to drive me crazy.  Last week she called me from work to tell me that her car wouldn’t start up.  After checking the battery, which was fine, we towed it to a mechanic, where we discovered that the car needed a new fuel pump.  We were also told that the rear brakes needed to be replaced.  So a few days later I got the rear brakes fixed, only to discover the next day that the speed...

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