Matt Bandi

  • Analysis
    Why is John Russell the manager?

    John Russell has taken his fair share of criticism during his time as the Pirates' manager, some of which has been justified. Despite the historic losing and the anger heaped down from the fanbase, he is still standing unfazed in the Bucs' dugout. That, in...

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    Should teams receiving revenue sharing earn a profit?

    The long-held assumption among many has been that Bob Nutting is pocketing a fortune as the Pirates principal owner. Now that it has become apparent that the team is making just a modest profit, the complaints among frustrated Pirates fans has shifted to a more...

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    Opening the books

    Many fans got their wish today, as the Pirates opened their books to the public. Sort of. After financial records were leaked to the Associated Press, Bob Nutting and Frank Coonelly preemptively revealed the leaked details to local media members. I am far from an expert on...

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    Series Preview: Cardinals vs. Pirates

    Probable Starters RHP Kyle Lohse vs. RHP Ross Ohlendorf RHP Adam Wainwright vs. LHP Paul Maholm RHP Jake Westbrook vs. RHP Jeff Karstens

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    Series Preview: Mets vs. Pirates

    Probable Starters RHP Mike Pelfrey vs. RHP Jeff Karstens LHP Jonathan Niese vs. RHP James McDonald LHP Johan Santana vs. LHP Zach Duke

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    Pirates sign Heredia for $2.6 million

    The Pirates have signed top Mexican prospect Luis Heredia for $2.6 million, the highest international bonus in team history.

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    Should the Pirates start spending this offseason? – Part One

    It is a question that many Pirates fans want answered. When, exactly, will the front office sink some significant resources into the major league product? The Pirates’ best players in 2010 are mostly in their pre-arbitration years, which naturally keeps the payroll low. But for now,...

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    Responding to Mondesi’s House

    Pirates general manager Neal Huntington was on The Fan morning show on Tuesday, discussing Monday night’s draft signing deadline. He talked about Jameson Taillon, Stetson Allie, a few 2009 draftees and some issues involving the major league team. For some reason, he made people angry.

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    Lambo injures shoulder

    Dejan Kovacevic reports that outfield prospect Andrew Lambo, acquired in the Octavio Dotel trade, has a sprained AC joint in his shoulder.

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    Pirates sign Taillon, Allie

    It is frustrating being a Pirates fan. Most nights conclude with a disgusted shut-down of the television, followed by nightmares of mental and physical errors. Loss after loss piles onto your shoulders. But for one night, it felt good to be a Pirates fan.