Is Catcher Pitch Framing Fully Appreciated Yet?
Nov05

Is Catcher Pitch Framing Fully Appreciated Yet?

Last night when I was watching the Gold Glove awards being announced, I started thinking about how the awards were doing a much better job this year of going to people with actual good defense. That is opposed to the past trend of giving out an award because of a good offensive season, or highlight reel plays that would be routine plays by better defenders. Basically, there weren’t as many Nate McLouth’s this year. Then it...

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First Pitch: Once Again, Clint Hurdle Should Be the Manager of the Year
Nov05

First Pitch: Once Again, Clint Hurdle Should Be the Manager of the Year

For the second year in a row, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has been named a finalist for the NL Manager of the Year award. Hurdle won the award last year. After he was named as a finalist, I wrote about how he deserved the award, due to the way he embraced advanced metrics such as defensive shifts, and how he controlled the clubhouse and never let the Pirates get into a prolonged funk. This time around I think Hurdle...

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McCutchen and Hurdle Named as Award Finalists
Nov04

McCutchen and Hurdle Named as Award Finalists

The Pittsburgh Pirates have two finalists for the BBWAA awards this year. Clint Hurdle was named a finalist for the Manager of the Year, while Andrew McCutchen was named an MVP finalist. Hurdle will go up against Bruce Bochy of the Giants and Matt Williams of the Nationals. McCutchen is in a group with Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins and Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers. Hurdle and McCutchen are both looking for back-to-back awards....

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AFL: Josh Bell and Elias Diaz Each Reach Base Three Times In Loss
Nov04

AFL: Josh Bell and Elias Diaz Each Reach Base Three Times In Loss

The Scottsdale Scorpions took on Peoria in an afternoon game on Tuesday, with Thomas Harlan starting and Josh Bell and Elias Diaz in the lineup. Harlan didn’t last long, giving up three first inning runs, as Scottsdale lost 5-2 to drop them to a 10-14 record. There are eight games left in the Arizona Fall League season and Scottsdale trails first place Salt River by seven games. Harlan struck out seven batters in his last...

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Cubs Will Target Russell Martin
Nov04

Cubs Will Target Russell Martin

The Chicago Cubs will target free agent catcher Russell Martin, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Martin has been predicted to land with the Cubs on a few free agent lists, with one of them being the MLBTR predictions. The Cubs have a lot of money to spend, a young offense, and will need pitching and catching. Heyman says they could also target one of the top free agent starters. Heyman also notes that the Dodgers are expected to...

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First Pitch: How Do the Pirates Look if Francisco Liriano Accepts the Qualifying Offer?
Nov04

First Pitch: How Do the Pirates Look if Francisco Liriano Accepts the Qualifying Offer?

The Pittsburgh Pirates made the right moves today. They not only extended a qualifying offer to Russell Martin, but also made the same offer to Francisco Liriano. Both players will have a week to accept or decline their offers. If they decline and sign elsewhere, then the Pirates would get two draft picks as compensation. If they both accept, the Pirates would see their current payroll expand by $30.6 M. I think there’s zero...

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