First Pitch: What Happens to Players Who Don’t Make Minor League Rosters?
Apr02

First Pitch: What Happens to Players Who Don’t Make Minor League Rosters?

The rosters are out for three of the four Pittsburgh Pirates full season minor league affiliates. The only roster remaining is the West Virginia Power. In the process of announcing rosters, some names get left off the list, with questions about where the player is expected to play. If it’s an injury, then we usually have that information in the article when the rosters are released. But some players are just stuck in...

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The New Revenue in MLB Didn’t Lead to a Big Increase in Payrolls
Apr01

The New Revenue in MLB Didn’t Lead to a Big Increase in Payrolls

All off-season there was discussion about the new money that was coming into Major League Baseball. The amounts vary, but most sources had each team getting an additional $20 M in revenues each year, starting in 2014. This led to the idea that teams would be seeing a major increase in payroll starting in 2014. USA Today has released their Opening Day payrolls for the 2014 season, which allows us to compare those payrolls to the 2013...

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First Pitch: Two Things That Will Keep the Pirates Contending in 2014 and Beyond
Apr01

First Pitch: Two Things That Will Keep the Pirates Contending in 2014 and Beyond

In previous years, I always opened the season with an article titled “[Number] Things to Watch For in [Year].” The number would always coincide with the consecutive losing streak. If the Pirates had lost 17 years in a row going into a season, then the number that year would be 18. And of course the year was the upcoming season. In the early years during the rebuild, the point of the article was to highlight things to watch...

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The Pittsburgh Pirates Walk Off Opening Day Win in Photos
Apr01

The Pittsburgh Pirates Walk Off Opening Day Win in Photos

The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs in ten innings today, getting a great performance from their pitching staff, along with a huge walk off home run from Neil Walker in the bottom of the tenth inning. Here is a photo recap of the game, with all photos taken by our photographer, David Hague. Barry Bonds presenting Andrew McCutchen with his MVP award Jim Leyland presenting Clint Hurdle with the Manager of the Year award Jack...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Opening Day Payroll
Mar31

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Opening Day Payroll

USA Today has released their 2014 salary database, giving us a look at the league minimum salaries and the salary for Travis Ishikawa ($1 M). That is always the final thing needed for the 2014 40-man payroll page. I’ve updated the payroll page with the new numbers, and the Pirates will be entering the season with an estimated payroll of just under $75 M. Click the 40-man link to view the details. A few notes: **The payroll...

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First Pitch: 21 Reasons Why the Pirates Are Going to Have Another Good Season in 2014
Mar31

First Pitch: 21 Reasons Why the Pirates Are Going to Have Another Good Season in 2014

Every team has a weakness. Most of this off-season has been spent focusing on the big weaknesses for the Pirates — the first base spot and the fifth starter spot in the rotation. The Pirates didn’t do anything over the off-season to ease concerns about those two spots. And in the process, people continued to focus on those two positions, all while ignoring the fact that the positives on this team far out-weigh the...

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