Matt Bandi

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    Some follow-up Sano craziness

    If you thought the comments section of the PBC Blog couldn't get any stranger, take a look at Dejan's "Morning Links" post from this morning. During the night, Rob Plummer apparently showed up as "baseballagentesq" to share his side of the Miguel Sano story (Dejan confirmed that this was indeed Plummer.) Plummer...

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    Sano signs with Twins

    The Twins have reportedly signed top Dominican prospect Miguel Angel Sano, a player the Pirates aggressively pursued.  This is disappointing news, as the $3.15 million bonus is not outrageous.  I would have been delighted if the Pirates signed him for that much.  Apparently, the relationship between Neal Huntington and Sano's agent Rob...

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    Kerrigan to return in 2010

    Joe Kerrigan will return as the Pirates' pitching coach in 2010. The team will also employ a second pitching coach, whom Kerrigan will mentor throughout the season.  This is a pretty interesting strategy, one that attempts to create continuity for the pitching staff.  Management seems to be mimicking a football coaching staff,...

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    Milledge focuses, wins game

    Jonathan Broxton toed the rubber and delivered another blazing fastball. It was thigh height, inner part of the plate, touching 97 miles per hour as it left his hand. Lastings Milledge took a powerful swing, hoping to send the hurtling sphere right back to its source. He fouled the ball off to...

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    Potential strategies for the future

    One frequent criticism during Dave Littlefield's tenure in Pittsburgh was that he focused on a player's weaknesses, ignoring the potential value in a limited skill set. With loads of young marginal talent arriving this year via trade, Neal Huntington would be smart to learn from his predecessor's missteps. A few years down...

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    Looking back at some preseason predictions

    With the season winding down and the Pirates becoming more and more difficult to watch, I thought it would be a good time to take a look back at my preseason expectations. I made a brief prediction for each player in Graphical Player 2009, so I will go through the book and...

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    Another Ian Snell flaw is revealed

    Eric Seidman has a great article on Baseball Prospectus today, one I encourage everyone to read. Essentially, Eric looked at how a batter's perception of a pitch's velocity differs from the actual velocity due to the pitcher's release point. The focal point of the article was the Padres' Chris Young, who has...

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    Avoid free agency

    Neal Huntington stated in today's Post-Gazette that the Pirates plan to be more aggressive in the free agent market this offseason. The players mentioned in the article are a great reminder of why the Pirates should mostly avoid free agency until they get farther along in the rebuilding process. Dejan notes that...

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    2008 vs. 2009 – Pitching

    As Chuck Finder reported this morning, Joe Kerrigan has yet to decide whether he will return as the Pirates' pitching coach in 2010. While it is nearly impossible to measure a coach's effect on a team, I thought this would be a good time to compare the 2008 pitching staff to the...

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    The future of Andy LaRoche

    It has been a disappointing season for Andy LaRoche. With yesterday's 1 for 4 performance, he is hitting .248/.328/.372, good for a .313 wOBA. All of those numbers are below average. In addition, while many have praised his play in the field, both UZR and John Dewan's plus/minus system agree that he...

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