Frank Coonelly: Pirates Plan Payroll Increase, Ticket “Price Adjustments”
Aug28

Frank Coonelly: Pirates Plan Payroll Increase, Ticket “Price Adjustments”

The Pirates plan to increase their Major League payroll next season, team president Frank Coonelly told Pirates Prospects. The team has raised overall salary for its MLB players by about $9 million per year each of the last three years, according to a “strategic plan” for payroll Coonelly discussed in a one-on-one interview. “Our plans that we’ve put in place a year, two years ago, have us showing another...

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Frank Coonelly: Replay System May Not Increase Game Length
Aug26

Frank Coonelly: Replay System May Not Increase Game Length

Major League Baseball’s planned challenge system for controversial calls will not necessarily make games longer, according to Pirates president Frank Coonelly. Cutting down long-winded arguments between managers and umpires is part and parcel to the replay system MLB unveiled earlier this month, likely to be implemented for the 2014 season. Home-plate umpires will have “quick communication” with the instant replay...

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Vogelsong, Giants Hold Pirates to Only Three Hits in 4-0 Loss
Aug25

Vogelsong, Giants Hold Pirates to Only Three Hits in 4-0 Loss

SAN FRANCISCO — The Pirates went more than two months between games in which they were held scoreless and recorded three hits or fewer. On this Sunday afternoon, it was the Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong who shut down the Bucs in a 4-0 San Francisco victory. The last time? Matt Cain pitched into the 7th as the Giants beat the Pirates 10-0 in Pittsburgh on June 13. Once and again for a below-average Pittsburgh offense....

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Liriano’s Rough First Inning Can’t Be Overcome in 6-3 Pirates Loss
Aug25

Liriano’s Rough First Inning Can’t Be Overcome in 6-3 Pirates Loss

SAN FRANCISCO — Nothing went right for the Pirates in their 6-3 road loss to the San Francisco Giants, not even the good parts. Pittsburgh’s best starting pitcher this season, Francisco Liriano, was far from his sharpest. He allowed four runs in the first inning and could only pitch four frames. An offense that collected 20 hits the last two nights against the Giants could manage only three against starter Tim Lincecum....

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Pirates Notebook: Why Tony Sanchez Has to Earn 26 from 59
Aug24

Pirates Notebook: Why Tony Sanchez Has to Earn 26 from 59

SAN FRANCISCO — Baseball, as we like to say, is a game of numbers. For no one is that more true than for Scott Bonnett. The Pirates’ longtime clubhouse manager — known to almost everyone as “Bones” or “Bonesy” — is in charge of assigning the jersey numbers for every Pittsburgh player at the beginning of the year. The athletes become identified by their numbers across the game, from fans...

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