McCutchen Was Meant to Be a Pirate

BRADENTON, Fla. — While playing baseball in High School at Fort Meade High School in Fort Meade, Fla., Andrew McCutchen’s school colors were black and gold. Maybe it was kind of meant to be for McCutchen to be a Pittsburgh Pirate. “Maybe I’m a little partial just because my colors were black and gold in high school too,” McCutchen said during his contract press conference at McKechnie Field. “I didn’t...

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McCutchen Deal All About the Long Term Impact

Ever since Andrew McCutchen was first called up to the majors, Pittsburgh Pirates fans were waiting for one thing: an extension. When he first arrived in the majors, McCutchen had the potential to be the best player developed by the Pirates since Barry Bonds. Unlike a lot of other home-grown prospects in the last two decades, McCutchen almost immediately lived up to the hype. Fans had seen other teams lock up their players to...

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McCutchen Signs Six-Year Deal with Pirates

BRADENTON, Fla. –According to the Post-Gazette the Pittsburgh Pirates and Andrew McCutchen have agreed to a six-year deal worth $51.5 million with a club option for $14.75 million. The contract buys out at least the first two years of free agency and will keep him in a Pirates uniform at least through the 2017 season. Per Rob Biertempfel of the Trib Review, the breakdown of McCutchen’s contract is as follows: 2012 –...

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The Harrison Brothers Making Their Way in the Pirates Organization

After practice at Pirate City, Josh Harrison is taking swings in the batting cages. He’s rotating with his teammates, and after several turns through the cage, he announces that he is finished. Harrison stands and watches one more player take his last turn in the cage. As things are wrapping up, Josh announces he wants one more turn. Watching near by is Josh’s brother, Vince Harrison, who joined the Pittsburgh Pirates...

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What Has The Fastball Academy Produced?
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What Has The Fastball Academy Produced?

I’ve seen a few comments about the “Fastball Academy” the last few days, most notably one focused on Luis Heredia. The comment suggested that Heredia should focus on other pitches, rather than spending almost all of his time on the fastball. The approach the Pittsburgh Pirates have taken the last few years with the lower level pitchers has been pretty well documented. The team prefers their pitchers to learn command...

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The Curse of Barry Bonds

Seriously, why don’t we talk about the Pittsburgh Pirates being cursed? The team hasn’t had a winning season since 1992. A lot of that has been due to horrible decisions. But even with horrible decisions, it’s hard to go that long without a winning season, unless you’ve got some bad luck involved. The Pirates have had their lucky years. There was the Freak Show. There was the 2011 team that captured first place...

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