West Virginia Power 8/4 Report

Last week, I took a mini-baseball vacation through Pennsylvania (and a one-day stop in West Virginia) to see three of the Pirates’ minor league affiliates as well as the big-league club. This is the last of three reports on the minor league teams. Also See:┬áState College 7/31, Altoona 8/2 Thursday August 4 — West Virginia Power Before I talk about individual players (which I usually find more interesting in the minor...

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Altoona Curve 8/2 Report

Last week, I took a mini-baseball vacation through Pennsylvania (and a one-day stop in West Virginia) to see three of the Pirates’ minor league affiliates as well as the big-league club. This is the second of three reports on the minor league teams. Also See:┬áState College 7/31 Tuesday August 2 — Altoona Curve I was really looking forward to the Curve game as they have several players that I saw often last year on the...

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State College Spikes 7/31 Report

Last week, I took a mini-baseball vacation through Pennsylvania (and a one-day stop in West Virginia) to see three of the Pirates’ minor league affiliates as well as the big-league club. This is the first of three reports on the minor league teams. Sunday July 31 — State College Spikes The Spikes don’t have a lot of interesting prospects but they have been winning of late. Following are some observations from the one...

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Bradenton Marauders Game Recap: 7/14/11

Tonight’s Bradenton Marauders vs. Dunedin Blue Jays game belonged to the starting pitchers. Ross Ohlendorf made his first rehab assignment for the Marauders and pitched very well. He had pin-point accuracy with his fastball, which sat at 90-91 MPH. As the game moved on, he worked a bit on his curve which looked a bit rusty. Here are the inning by inning results for Ross: 1st inning: 12 pitches (11 strikes) 9 fastballs, 2...

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Bradenton Marauders Game Report: 7/13/11

Who has the most control over a baseball game? The manager? The pitcher? The batters? Nope, it’s the man behind the catcher, the home plate umpire. At tonight’s Bradenton vs. Dunedin game, the umpire liked two kinds of pitches: ones where the catcher did not need to move his glove an inch (pretty much regardless of whether the catcher was set up in the strike zone or not) and pitches right down the middle of the plate...

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