MLB Owners Approve Instant Replay For the 2014 Season
Nov14

MLB Owners Approve Instant Replay For the 2014 Season

Major League Baseball owners had their annual meetings today, and a big topic of discussion was the installation of instant replay in baseball starting in 2014. According to Ken Rosenthal, the owners approved funding for instant replay. Owners approve funding for replay expansion next season. Approval of players' and umpires' union fully expected. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 14, 2013 The next steps will be...

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First Pitch: Spend on Hitting, Save on Pitching
Nov13

First Pitch: Spend on Hitting, Save on Pitching

If you look at what the Pittsburgh Pirates have done the last few years, you start to notice a few trends. The trend of saving on pitching has been pretty well established. At first they were doing this with the bullpen, and then they started getting more out of starting pitchers. The approach with pitchers has gotten to the point where it looks like the Pirates would rather go with a new bounce back candidate, rather than taking the...

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Non-Pirates Rumors: Ike Davis, Mark Trumbo
Nov13

Non-Pirates Rumors: Ike Davis, Mark Trumbo

First base is a position of need for the Pittsburgh Pirates this off-season. There are a few free agent options available who could fill that need. There are also some trade options, including two that a lot of Pirates fans are talking about. Those two are Mark Trumbo of the Angels and Ike Davis of the Mets. This morning I noticed updates on both players from Jon Heyman, and neither specifically mentioned the Pirates as a team of...

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First Pitch: Welcome to the Early Off-Season Panic
Nov13

First Pitch: Welcome to the Early Off-Season Panic

Today the Philadelphia Phillies signed Marlon Byrd to a two-year, $16 M deal with an option for a third year at $8 M. Almost immediately after the report came out, there were Pirates fans complaining about how the Pirates aren’t going to do anything to upgrade the team, they’re not going to spend money this off-season, and so on. Keep in mind that we’re about a week removed from the moment where free agents hit the...

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Clint Hurdle Wins the NL Manager of the Year Award
Nov12

Clint Hurdle Wins the NL Manager of the Year Award

For the second time this off-season, Clint Hurdle has won a Manager of the Year award. Hurdle was named the NL Manager of the Year tonight by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Previously he was named the NL Manager of the Year by The Sporting News. Tonight Hurdle beat out Fredi Gonzalez of the Braves and Don Mattingly of the Dodgers, taking 25 of 30 first place votes. There’s not much to say about Hurdle that...

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Phillies to Sign Marlon Byrd to a Two-Year Deal
Nov12

Phillies to Sign Marlon Byrd to a Two-Year Deal

The Philadelphia Phillies will sign Marlon Byrd, according to CBS Philly. The Mike and Ike Show is reporting the signing through a source, although no terms of the deal have been announced. The Pirates were expected to pursue Byrd this off-season, as they have a hole in right field. Ken Rosenthal says it’s a two-year deal, which might have been prohibitive for the Pirates. They’ve got top prospect Gregory Polanco, who...

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