First Pitch: How the Pitch Clock Could Affect Rehab Assignments and Other Scenarios
Jan27

First Pitch: How the Pitch Clock Could Affect Rehab Assignments and Other Scenarios

With the proposal of testing the pitch clock in Minor League Baseball this season, several issues come to mind. After the use in the Arizona Fall League, the clocks met mixed reviews across the board. Those mixed opinions will certainly continue, as the clock will likely be implemented in Double-A and Triple-A parks this season. Though the everyday Minor League pitchers will have a tough first month or so adjusting to it, one major...

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First Pitch: MLB’s Biggest Problem Has Nothing to Do With Pitch Clocks or Defensive Shifts
Jan26

First Pitch: MLB’s Biggest Problem Has Nothing to Do With Pitch Clocks or Defensive Shifts

Major League Baseball has a problem. That problem has nothing to do with the pace of the game or the length of the game. It has nothing to do with defensive shifts or a lack of offense. The problem isn’t a lack of short-term interest. We’re coming out of a season where baseball just recorded their seventh biggest attendance season of all time, all while making billions of dollars in local and national TV deals that the...

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First Pitch: Are the Pirates Starting to Become a Model Organization in Baseball?
Jan23

First Pitch: Are the Pirates Starting to Become a Model Organization in Baseball?

A few years ago, you were in the minority if you said the Pittsburgh Pirates were well-run and heading in the right direction. They were spending a lot of money to build up their farm system, and they were showing early signs of making smart moves on the trade and free agent markets. But they hadn’t won yet, and there were questions about whether they could take that next step and become a contender. Now you’re in the...

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First Pitch: Pirates Prospects is Looking For Writers For the 2015 Season
Jan22

First Pitch: Pirates Prospects is Looking For Writers For the 2015 Season

The 2015 season is around the corner, and Spring Training starts in less than a month. Over the next few weeks I will be adding writers to the site for the upcoming season. If you’re interested in writing for the site, and you’ve got a media background or strong writing skills, then check out the positions below, along with qualifications for each position. Major League Coverage We’re always looking for MLB writers to...

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First Pitch: How Cal Ripken Almost Killed Me, and Maybe Put a Few Baseball Players at Risk Too
Jan21

First Pitch: How Cal Ripken Almost Killed Me, and Maybe Put a Few Baseball Players at Risk Too

I grew up an Orioles fan, and for one reason: Cal Ripken Jr. Well, technically two reasons. While my dad was from Pittsburgh, my mom was from Baltimore. I don’t know why I picked the Penguins and Steelers as my favorite teams, but went with the Orioles. The Ravens weren’t around then, so I didn’t have a choice for a football team. I don’t think I would have picked the Ravens as my favorite football team. I have...

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First Pitch: What Do You Want to See on Pirates Prospects in 2015?
Jan20

First Pitch: What Do You Want to See on Pirates Prospects in 2015?

This coming Friday will mark the sixth year that this site has been up and running. Six years ago I started the site with just a few features — a 2009 payroll page, a future payroll tracker, draft pick trackers, and a few prospect trackers (since there were only a few prospects to track back then). The idea was simple: give people resources and information that they wanted. Six years later, that’s still the goal. Whether...

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