Kristy Robinson

  • Analysis
    Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Rule 5 Eligible Players

    While the Rule 5 draft doesn't take place until December, when Winter Meetings are being held in Nashville, Tennessee during the 3rd through the 6th, General Manager Neal Huntington and his front office staff have already begun their process of evaluating the talent. That process, Huntington said, starts back in Spring Training...

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    Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Off-Season Contract Issues and Projections

    The Pirates are going to have an interesting arbitration class this offseason. Several players -- Garrett Jones, James McDonald, Neil Walker -- could all stand to get pretty heavy pay raises, while pitchers Joel Hanrahan and Jeff Karstens, both third time eligible, could serve as off-season trade chips. The Pirates also have...

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    Pirates Notebook: Burnett and McCutchen Finish With Ovations

    A.J. Burnett didn’t have his best stuff in the final game of the 2012 season on Wednesday, but that didn’t stop the home crowd from giving him a standing ovation when he walked off the mound in the two-run sixth inning. The frame was highlighted with a pinch-hit single to leadoff the inning from...

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    Pirates Hitting Coach Gregg Ritchie Will Not Return in 2013

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- According to a source, Pirates hitting coach Gregg Ritchie will not return to Pittsburgh's staff for the 2013 season. The Pirates enter game action with a team .243 average. Ritchie has been hired as a head coach at his Alma mater George Washington University. Ritchie was not fired, according to the...

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    Pirates Notebook: Correia’s Final Start as a Bucco?

    Kevin Correia walked off the mound with two-outs in the seventh inning to a warm applause from the home crowd at PNC Park. The right-hander held the postseason bound Atlanta Braves to just one run in what is likely his final start as a Pittsburgh Pirate. “I don’t think about any contract...

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    McDonald Steps Away From Game to Get on Track

    James McDonald has made just one appearance out of the bullpen after he was replaced  in the rotation with Kyle McPherson on Sept 16, two days after his final start of the season against the Chicago Cubs. The move was not only to for the organization to get a look at the rookie...

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    Evaluations Being Completed On Second Straight Collapse

    'I'm easy to please, and hard to satisfy,' has been Manager Clint Hurdle's MO since he took over as skipper prior to the 2011 season. And prior to Sunday's finale with the Reds, Hurdle said there have been some things that have pleased him this year, but he's not satisfied with the season...

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    Pirates Notebook: Locke Gets First Big League Win in Final Start

    It took a while –10 big league starts and 67.2 innings to be exact — for Jeff Locke to notch his first Major League win, but the lefty rookie was able to get that notch that in his solid final start of the 2012 season. Locke has come a long way from the left-hander...

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    Pirates Exploring How Karstens Fits in the Picture

    After battling through several injuries this season -- a right shoulder injury that sidelined him for nearly two months and a hip flexor injury twice -- when Jeff Karstens finally got back healthy, his role with the club was moved into the bullpen. And that's where the right-hander will finish the season as Manager...

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    Pirates Notebook: Twenty

    Heading in to 2012 it was 19-consecutive losing seasons since the Pirates have fielded a winning team in Pittsburgh. And after a painful loss from a blown save and a bad base running blunder, that streak was extended to twenty. From where the Pirates were on July 28th — sitting at 58-42...

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