Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable #18

Question #1: Will the 2007 edition of the Pittsburgh Pirates be the best team to take the field since 1992? Mark from Pirates Journal: Unfortunately, no. The Pirates won as many as 79 games in 1997 when they finished second place, and I don’t see the Pirates winning that many games in what should be a tougher NL Central this year (with the Chicago Cubs’ spending spree). There is a ton of promise though. Adam LaRoche provides the...

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Playing Catch-up: Pittsburgh Pirates ST

I think I can combine the conclusion of “Breaking Down the NL Central” into one decent-sized post, so I’m skipping Part 7 today. In its stead, I’ll attempt to catch up on some of the Spring Training news I’ve neglected. (You’ll get my final NL Central preview tomorrow as promised originally.) At Sandlot Swashbucklers, MVN’s new MiLB coverage of the Pirates, I previewed Neil Walker. Dave...

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Breaking Down the NL Central Division – Part 6

This is the sixth segment of an eight-part series handicapping the NL Central based on a position by position analysis of teams using a variety of projection systems. Part 1 ( C-1B) | Part 2 (IF) | Part 3 (OF) | Part 4 (BN) | Part 5 (SP) We’re on to the pitchers now after an exhaustive look at the offenses of the NL Central. I’m including the projections for innings pitched and ERA as I try to determine a hierarchy for the Central’s...

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Blogger Profiles – Part 2

Jumping in on Cory’s idea, here are my responses to the nine questions: 1. What are the best reasons that other baseball fans should visit your blog? This site is a good blend of new and old, humor and seriousness. All the various Pirate sites have good points. I look at or try to look at the active Pirate blogs at least once a day. 2. What was your favorite post? Wow. Tough one. There are so many on the old version of MVN that...

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Downfall of the Fam-A-Lee – Part 4

Among the reasons the Pirates were horrible in the mid-80s, poor trades made in an effort to build the 1979 team isn’t one of them. Previous posts looked at the moves that brought Bert Blyleven, John Milner and Mike Easler to the Steel City. Both of those trades were good ones. Up next is the deal that brought Tim Foli to the Pirates. The Trade On April 19, 1979 the Pirates sent Frank Taveras to the Mets for Foli and career...

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