First Pitch: The Rays are the Model Team and Haven’t Won a World Series
Oct23

First Pitch: The Rays are the Model Team and Haven’t Won a World Series

What Would the Rays Do? If you’ve read this site long enough, you will have seen that phrase from me. And by “long enough”, I mean “for at least a week”. The Rays are the model organization for any small market team. They’ve found a way to win with a much smaller payroll, in the biggest spending division in baseball, while also removing the word “window” from their vocabulary....

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First Pitch: Charlie Morton is Comparable to Derek Lowe and Brandon Webb
Oct23

First Pitch: Charlie Morton is Comparable to Derek Lowe and Brandon Webb

This isn’t the first time I’ve written about how Charlie Morton is under-rated. It won’t be the last time either. All summer, even before he returned from Tommy John rehab, I’ve been on the Morton bandwagon. At times it was lonely. At times it looked like there was no room left. All throughout the season I felt that Morton was a very under-rated pitcher. I still feel the same way, even after he finished with a...

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First Pitch: Should the Pirates Trade Francisco Liriano?
Oct21

First Pitch: Should the Pirates Trade Francisco Liriano?

This isn’t going to be a popular article. The title is going to lead to a lot of immediate “NO!” responses on Twitter and Facebook, approximately ten seconds after the article goes up. It might lead to people saying I’m crazy for this suggestion. Or, maybe some people will read the article and come away with the same opinions I have. I know some have already brought up the subject in previous comment sections....

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First Pitch: What To Do With Andrew Lambo?
Oct18

First Pitch: What To Do With Andrew Lambo?

One of the most surprising things about the upcoming off-season is how little attention Andrew Lambo has received. In Lambo, the Pirates had a 24-year-old outfielder who combined for 33 home runs between Double-A, Triple-A, and the majors in 2013. In his very limited time in the majors he hit for a .703 OPS, spanning 30 at-bats. The Pirates have holes at first base and right field. Lambo has experience at both spots, with most of his...

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First Pitch: How the Pirates Can Benefit From a New Minor League Team
Oct17

First Pitch: How the Pirates Can Benefit From a New Minor League Team

Today the Pittsburgh Pirates announced that they will be adding a new minor league affiliate for the 2014 season. The new team will be located in Bristol, and will play in the Appy League. That league is classified as rookie ball, but my guess is that it will be placed between the GCL and Jamestown in the Pirates system. I wrote about the new team earlier today, and a possible impact it could provide when it comes to additional...

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First Pitch: Clint Hurdle Deserves to be the Manager of the Year
Oct16

First Pitch: Clint Hurdle Deserves to be the Manager of the Year

My feelings on managers have been made known on this site: I think that a good manager is usually the result of a good team. A bad manager is usually the result of a bad team. I think that managers can do things to help or hurt the current team, but that their impact is overblown. Major League Baseball announced their awards schedules today. One of the first awards to come out will be the Manager of the Year awards, on November 12th....

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