Who Says the Pirates Are One and Done?

One of the big arguments in favor of adding to the major league team this year is the fear that the Pittsburgh Pirates might not get a chance to compete in the coming years.  My stance on the trade deadline is that the Pirates shouldn’t sacrifice their future to improve their chances at competing for one year.  I’d rather see them try and maintain their chances of competing for years to come, rather than putting all of...

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Let’s Not Carve Stetson Allie’s Career in Stone

A year ago today, the Pittsburgh Pirates didn’t have a single pitcher in the farm system with top of the rotation potential.  They had drafted Jameson Taillon in the first round, and signing him was almost a guarantee.  They also drafted Stetson Allie in the second round, although his addition wasn’t as guaranteed as Taillon.  By the time August rolled around, they signed both pitchers, and added top Mexican pitching...

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Some Perspective on the Impact of an Impact Bat

A large segment of the Pirates fan base, energized by the team’s competitive play, is eager to see the team trade for an impact bat before the July 31 trade deadline. Over the past few weeks, it has been difficult to turn on the radio without hearing a caller state that Neal Huntington should deal whatever prospects are necessary to acquire someone like Carlos Beltran or Hunter Pence. Despite the improved play, the Pirates lineup has...

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A Price the Pirates Can’t Afford to Pay

You could easily make the case that Pittsburgh Pirates fans are obsessed with money.  Maybe not when it comes to their personal lives, but definitely when it comes to talking about moves the Pirates make.  Discussion of every move, whether it’s actual moves, or potential moves, comes down to money.  A big reason for this is because the Pirates are a small market team.  They can’t afford to spend like the New York Yankees...

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When Will Baseball Add Instant Replay?

Can you think of any reason why baseball doesn’t currently have instant replay?  Ever since the call last night, I’ve been trying to think of any possible reason why the sport has been so reluctant to make the switch to an obvious improvement.  I can’t think of any reason. I can’t think of any reason, because baseball doesn’t object to reviewing plays.  We saw that earlier in the year when they went back,...

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Young Prospects Require Patience

I’ve always had a certain approach when it came to evaluating prospects out of high school.  Too often, you see them evaluated by fans with the same expectations you see given to college players.  If a prospect isn’t above the high-A level three years after he’s drafted, it’s seen as a disappointment.  If the prospect struggles at all, people want to write him off.  In rare cases, such as most first rounders,...

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