First Pitch: The Six Year Plan, and the Next Six Years
Sep26

First Pitch: The Six Year Plan, and the Next Six Years

Six years ago, on September 25th, 2007, the Pittsburgh Pirates hired Neal Huntington to be their new General Manager. Six years later, that looks like one of the most important moves the team has made. When Huntington took over, the Pirates had almost nothing to work with. Their farm system had Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker. There were guys who would later be developed into major league players, like Starling Marte and Tony Watson,...

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First Pitch: First to the Majors Doesn’t Equal Best in the Draft
Sep25

First Pitch: First to the Majors Doesn’t Equal Best in the Draft

In 2008 Jay Bruce made it to the majors and hit 21 home runs in 413 at-bats, finishing fifth in the Rookie of the Year voting. Bruce was taken one pick after Andrew McCutchen, which had people questioning the selection of McCutchen. At the time, McCutchen was in the middle of a season where he had a .770 OPS in Triple-A. Bruce remains a good player, but McCutchen has turned into an MVP. Justin Smoak reached the majors in April of...

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First Pitch: Proud to Be Part of an Amazing Pirates Community
Sep24

First Pitch: Proud to Be Part of an Amazing Pirates Community

When I started this site in 2009, I just wanted a place to keep track of the payroll, option years, and a place to post updates from my trips to Lynchburg to see Pedro Alvarez. Only about 50 people read the site at the time, with a majority of them coming from the Pirates MLB.com message board. Like most people who lived outside of the Pittsburgh area, I took to online forums and blogs to keep in contact with Pirates fans....

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First Pitch: Jeff Locke’s Season Should Be Over
Sep23

First Pitch: Jeff Locke’s Season Should Be Over

Jeff Locke had a bad day. The left-hander gave up five runs in the first inning to the Cincinnati Reds, putting the Pirates deep in a hole in an important game for their playoff chances. Jeff Locke has had a bad second half. Since his last start in July, Locke has a 7.42 ERA in 44.2 innings, including today’s outing. During that time he only made it 6+ innings once. He had a few decent starts, and one dominant outing against the...

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First Pitch: The Bullpen Gets a Boost in Time For the Playoffs
Sep22

First Pitch: The Bullpen Gets a Boost in Time For the Playoffs

The Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen has been lights out all year. Lately that same bullpen has been without two of the top performers this season. I’m not talking about the struggles from Mark Melancon, since Melancon is still a dominant pitcher, and the blown saves this week were hardly anything to worry about. I’m talking about Jason Grilli and Justin Wilson. Grilli returned at the start of the month, but has been limited...

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First Pitch: Playoff Races Kind of Suck
Sep21

First Pitch: Playoff Races Kind of Suck

For so many years the Pirates were on the outside of a playoff race. You could watch all of the contending teams, maybe pick a team you wanted to cheer on, but with no attachments you could just cheer for good baseball. Good baseball is being played right now in the NL Central. And it sucks if you follow one of those NL Central teams. The Reds came back in the ninth inning tonight against the Pirates, then won in extra innings. That...

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