2014-2015 Off Season Primer
Oct30

2014-2015 Off Season Primer

With the World Series coming to an end last night, the 2014/2015 off-season officially begins today.  Here is a quick primer of all of the off-season topics. 40-Man Rosters Teams must reinstate players from the 60-day disabled list no later than five days after the end of the World Series, getting their rosters down to 40-men.  The deadline this year is on Monday.  The Pittsburgh Pirates had Charlie Morton on the 60-day disabled list,...

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First Pitch: Your 2017 World Series Champions, the Chicago Cubs?
Oct30

First Pitch: Your 2017 World Series Champions, the Chicago Cubs?

The NL Central is turning into a difficult division. The Pittsburgh Pirates have been contenders for the last two seasons, and have one of the top farm systems in the game, with some of their best prospects coming up in the next two years. The St. Louis Cardinals are routinely at the top of the standings. But perhaps the biggest threat might be coming from the Cubs. Today it was rumored that the Cubs had hired Joe Maddon as their next...

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AFL:  Scouting Reports and Video For Tyler Glasnow and Josh Bell
Oct29

AFL: Scouting Reports and Video For Tyler Glasnow and Josh Bell

It was a relatively quiet day for Pittsburgh Pirates players in the Arizona Fall League. Scottsdale didn’t have a single Pirate in their lineup and after Thomas Harlan pitched yesterday, that meant there was still another day before Tyler Glasnow and Joely Rodriguez(Friday) would get their starts. Earlier in the day, Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo posted a video about the Pirates in the AFL, focusing their attention on the play of...

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Joe Maddon to be the Next Manager of the Cubs?
Oct29

Joe Maddon to be the Next Manager of the Cubs?

The Chicago Cubs have hired Joe Maddon to be their next manager, according to Jon Heyman. joe maddon to become cubs manager. story up soon at @CBSSports — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) October 29, 2014 When Maddon left the Rays last week, it was speculated that he could join the Cubs, especially after teams like the Mets and Dodgers were ruled out as possible destinations. The Cubs have been rebuilding under Theo Epstein, and have...

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2014 Recaps: Pirates Showed You Don’t Have to Spend Big to Upgrade the Bullpen
Oct29

2014 Recaps: Pirates Showed You Don’t Have to Spend Big to Upgrade the Bullpen

For the past few years, the Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired a lot of bounce back candidates in their bullpen, with a lot of those guys actually bouncing back. That approach led to one of the top bullpens in baseball during the 2013 season. Most of that bullpen was returning in 2014, and the Pirates looked to be in good shape. What led to the success in 2013 was the Pirates going out and getting players who were coming off down years,...

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Winter Leagues: Stetson Allie Isn’t Hitting Homers, But Keeps Getting On Base
Oct29

Winter Leagues: Stetson Allie Isn’t Hitting Homers, But Keeps Getting On Base

Monday night was a slow night in winter ball, with just one game scheduled in each active league. In the Dominican, Wirfin Obispo retired all three batters he faced. He has thrown 4.1 innings, allowing just one unearned run. In Venezuela, Julio Vivas threw a scoreless inning of relief, allowing one hit. He has thrown 2.2 scoreless innings over four appearances, giving up one hit and no walks. In Mexico, Dean Anna went 0-for-3 with an...

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