October 14, 1992 – The night Pittsburgh baseball died

Doug Drabek walked to the middle of the diamond, picked up the baseball and climbed atop the mound to begin his practice pitches. It was the ninth time he made the trip that night, and it would prove to be his last. As he threw to Mike Lavalliere, the air was filled with a hum of magnitude. Drabek was about to pitch the most important inning of his life. Three outs, and the Pirates were off to the World Series for the first time in 13...

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Pirates' 2007 in review – infield defense

This is the second installment in a series reviewing the performance of the Pirates’ defense in 2007. For this purpose, I will be using Fielding Runs Above Replacement (FRAR) and Fielding Runs Above Average (FRAA) by Baseball Prospectus (BP). Along with the statistical analysis, I will incorporate what I have seen while watching the team play this year. Since fielding statistics are not as precise as offensive measures, I welcome any...

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Pirates' 2007 in review – outfield defense

This is the first installment in a series reviewing the performance of the Pirates’ defense in 2007. For this purpose, I will be using Fielding Runs Above Replacement (FRAR) and Fielding Runs Above Average (FRAA) by Baseball Prospectus (BP). Along with the statistical analysis, I will incorporate what I have seen while watching the team play this year. Since fielding statistics are not as precise as offensive measures, I welcome any...

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'08 Bucs: Who's on Board, Who Walks the Plank?

Baseball is a fickle mistress. The game returns while the world around us is in full bloom, with colors exploding, the days becoming longer and warmer. Then, just as the temperatures chill and those hues fade, fans are left with the prospect of a cold, long winter without the greatest game in the world. Don’t worry. There will be plenty of activity between now and February (say it with me- pitchers and catchers report..) The...

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October is a lonely month for Pirate fans

Baseball is a magical game. It gives us stories like the 2007 Colorado Rockies, a team that won 13 of their final 14 games to force a playoff for the last postseason berth. The Rockies capped their amazing run with a thrilling victory on Monday night, scoring three runs in the bottom of the 13th inning to slip into the playoffs. This is why we watch baseball, because we know something amazing can happen at any moment. And there is no...

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