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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First Pitch: Why it Doesn’t Matter That Pedro Alvarez Isn’t at Mini Camp
Jan16

First Pitch: Why it Doesn’t Matter That Pedro Alvarez Isn’t at Mini Camp

There’s something about mini camp that makes the entire event overblown. Maybe it’s due to the fact that the event is held in the middle of the off-season, during the time period where there is very little baseball news, putting a huge spotlight on the events. Maybe it’s because this is one of the few¬†moments in the off-season where you hear from a lot of players, and hear about their progress. Here is the truth...

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First Pitch: How Josh Harrison Led to the Pirates Building a Stronger Bench
Jan15

First Pitch: How Josh Harrison Led to the Pirates Building a Stronger Bench

Earlier today we posted about how Buster Olney gave the Pittsburgh Pirates high rankings for their lineup, bullpen, and rotation. I don’t know if Olney is going to be ranking the benches any time soon, but I’m guessing the Pirates would rank high there, especially with the upcoming addition of Jung-Ho Kang. Their projected bench includes Sean Rodriguez, Corey Hart, Travis Snider, Kang, and Chris Stewart. It’s the...

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First Pitch: How Charlie Morton is Under-Rated, and Radhames Liz Contract Details
Jan14

First Pitch: How Charlie Morton is Under-Rated, and Radhames Liz Contract Details

I had a different article planned for tonight, but needed one more thing for that, so I’m pushing it to the morning after I get to Pirate City. For now, here is a thought on Charlie Morton’s value, following his bullpen session today, and an update on Radhames Liz’s contract status. **I’ve written before about how Charlie Morton is an under-rated pitcher. He gets graded on his entire career stats, which...

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First Pitch: What Does Jung-Ho Kang Need to Do to Justify His Deal?
Jan13

First Pitch: What Does Jung-Ho Kang Need to Do to Justify His Deal?

There was a report today that the Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to a deal with Jung-Ho Kang for $16 M over four years, including an option for a fifth year. The full details aren’t out yet, so we don’t know the breakdown of the deal, how the option year works, or whether the deal is actually confirmed for $16 M over four years. We also don’t know what type of production Jung-Ho Kang can bring to the U.S., as he’s...

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