2011-12 Pirates Prospects Off-Season Calendar

Keep track of all of the important off-season dates with the calendar below.  Dates include all MLB off-season dates, all dates specific to the Pittsburgh Pirates, as well as important dates for Pirates Prospects.  Information will be added throughout the 2011-12 off-season, leading in to the 2012 regular season. Click on the events to expand for more...

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What Went Right in 2011

The 2011 campaign is over and the Pirates have another losing season in the books.  That’s . . . how many in a row?  I dunno, some really large number.  It’s like having ants at your picnic and wondering exactly how many there are.  At least this year was a little different, enough to make it possible to write about what went right and what went wrong.  The previous few years, it was only possible to write about what went wrong and...

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What Went Wrong in 2011

You can’t lose 90 games without a lot of things going wrong.  In the case of the 2011 Pirates, there were some problems that were different, at least for their current front office, and some that were grindingly, depressingly the same.  There were also some problems that maybe had a silver lining.  Let’s look at the main issues. Free Agents The Pirates don’t venture too often into the free agent market.  It seems to be a recurring...

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2011 Pirates Season Recap: Progress Was Made

The Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped their 2011 regular season up last night, finishing with a loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, and dropping to a 72-90 record.  The record marked their 19th consecutive losing season in a row, which was frustrating for a lot of Pirates fans after the team reached first place in the division as late as mid-July.  The season ultimately goes down as a loss in the record books, but it offers an encouraging sign...

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Translating the Attendance Increase to Potential Payroll

Back in February, there was a big stir in the Pittsburgh media started from an interview on this site.  In our pre-season interview with Frank Coonelly, the Pirates’ President made the following comment: Kevin: Would the Pirates be able to afford a $70M to $80M payroll, in present-day worth, if this current group of players were competitive enough to merit additional outside free agents? Frank: Today, no but we will be able to...

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Point-Counterpoint on the Potential for an International Draft

In recent weeks with the talk of Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations heating up, there has been talk of whether or not an international draft could happen. Wilbur Miller and I have differing opinions on the viability of an international draft.

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