McLouth not on the block

There were lots of rumors yesterday that Nate McLouth was was the block to be traded and this caused great consternation to some members of Pirate Nation, especially some on the Pirates mailing list (for the young kids reading, mailing lists were before blogs and web based forums way back in the paleo days of the 1990′s). Anyway, our GM laid those rumors to rest: “We are not actively looking to trade Nate McLouth,”...

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Bay and Paulino to Cleveland?

Rumors are very ethereal things. They can be true one minute and then the next minute they aren’t, so take them with a grain or two of salt. Now that I have gotten the disclaimer out of the way, the Post-Gazette is reporting this morning that the Bucs and the Indians have the framework in place for a trade that will send Bay and Paulino to Cleveland for outfielder Franklin Gutierrez, catcher Kelly Shoppach and either starter...

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Tigers Farm System Now Depleted; Jack Wilson Better Not Wind Up There

Hanging out, doing some work and watching my beloved Irish take on K-State. The SportsCenter 30/30 update interrupted the game and reported that the Marlins have sent Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera to the Tigers for six prospects. The report names four of them – Cameron Maybin, Andrew Miller, Mike Rabelo and Eulogio De La Cruz. Can’t imagine the Tigers farm system will have anything of value left after the deal. So,...

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Dreyfuss Voted into Hall of Fame

Former Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss was elected to the Hall of Fame. That was probably overdue, as I pointed out back in May when I linked to a post by Joe Posnanski who made a strong case for Dreyfuss to get in. That piece of good news is followed by three pieces of bad news. First, the committee elected five people, insuring a glut of people at the podium next summer in upstate New York. Second, one of those people was Bowie Kuhn....

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Downfall of the Fam-A-Lee – Part 17

Like 1982, the Pirates were very much in the race in 1983. The club was tied for first as late as September 17. The Buccos went just 6-8 over the final two weeks of the season while the Phillies caught fire and went 13-2 over the same stretch to win the division by a comfortable six games. The team was dominated by outstanding pitching. The staff was fourth in the league in ERA and second in strikeouts. The offense was average. Jason...

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