Wilbur Miller

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    Candidates To Be Removed From 40-Man Roster

    Iwamura is a guarantee to be removed from the 40-man roster. This off-season the Pirates will probably face a much tougher set of roster decisions than they have in years.  Several factors are coming together to create a lot of those decisions.  The team has spent a couple years now accumulating players,...

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    A Loan That’s Not a Loan

    In all the furor over the Pirates’ leaked financial records, one aspect that’s enraged some Pirate fans yet received little attention outside Pittsburgh was the loan by the Nutting family to the Pirates.  The transaction wasn’t actually a loan, not in any conventional sense at least.  It was really a loan with...

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    Out of Nowhere – Sleeper Prospects

    Much of the discussion of the Pirates’ farm system the last couple years has centered on GM Neal Huntington’s efforts to restock the system after years of neglect under his predecessor, He Who Shall Not Be Named.  Naturally, it’s been easy to forget the players who were already in the system when...

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    Nutting Opens the Books, But Will It Make a Difference?

    As detailed by Dejan Kovacevic in the Post-Gazette, the Pirates have opened their books as a pre-emptive strike, due to the leaking of team financial records to the Associated Press.  The audited reports released by the Pirates show slightly over $15M in profits in 2007, $14.4M in 2008, and $5.4M in 2009....

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    Changes at the Top — Impact of the Pirates’ Draft

    The Pirates’ 2010 draft signings changed the profile of their farm system in a hurry.  Earlier in the season, the system had graduated several top prospects in Pedro Alvarez, Jose Tabata and Brad Lincoln, as well as Neil Walker, who’s suddenly re-emerged as one of the organization’s best young talents.  We’ve each...

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    State College at Aberdeen, August 13-14

    Aberdeen 3, State College 2 (11 inn.) State College 1, Aberdeen 0 State College split the first two games of a weekend series at Aberdeen, home of Billy Ripken and his late father, Cal, Sr.  The Spikes lost the first game in 11 innings, 3-2, but came back the next night with...

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    West Virginia @ Hagerstown (DH) – July 26

    Game One – West Virginia 8, Hagerstown 4 Game Two – Hagerstown 9, West Virginia 3

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