First Pitch: The Walking Dead
Mar18

First Pitch: The Walking Dead

I spend Sunday night and most of Monday morning and afternoon avoiding spoilers on Twitter for The Walking Dead. The last thing I want to do is spoil any episodes for anyone in an article. So consider this a spoiler alert. If you haven’t seen this season of The Walking Dead up to last week’s episode (not the one yesterday), then proceed with caution. Or just skip to the links below. If you don’t watch The Walking...

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First Pitch: Make No Mistake, the Pirates Rotation is Set
Mar17

First Pitch: Make No Mistake, the Pirates Rotation is Set

No one from the Pittsburgh Pirates will come out and say the rotation is set with two weeks to go until the regular season begins. But the truth is that the rotation is set with two weeks to go until the regular season begins. In fact, the rotation has been set for a long time. The top three starting pitchers were guaranteed spots coming into the season. Francisco Liriano pitched like an ace last year, and is in year two of his...

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First Pitch: Can the Pirates Develop Talent? It Appears So.
Mar14

First Pitch: Can the Pirates Develop Talent? It Appears So.

It was a little over a year ago that there existed some big questions surrounding the Pittsburgh Pirates’ ability to draft and develop players. Most of the questions surrounding the minors were spilled over frustration from the collapse that the major league team suffered. It seemed to convenient to just throw in “and there’s no help on the way from the minors” at the end of every doomsday story about the...

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First Pitch: The Parallels Between Andrew Lambo and Jeff Clement
Mar13

First Pitch: The Parallels Between Andrew Lambo and Jeff Clement

I can’t help but draw some parallels between the current Andrew Lambo situation and the Jeff Clement experiment at first base a few years ago. In both situations you’ve got a guy learning first base in the majors. Lambo has more experience at the position than Clement, which gives him an edge, but not enough experience to make you comfortable with his defense. In each case the Pirates couldn’t play the player at his...

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First Pitch: The Most Important Pitch For a Pirates’ Pitcher?
Mar12

First Pitch: The Most Important Pitch For a Pirates’ Pitcher?

Earlier today I wrote an article about the sinkerball. By that, I mean I wrote over 4700 words on that one pitch, which consisted of information I received from over a dozen interviews. I don’t know if he reads the site, but I do want to give a public thanks to Charlie Morton for all of his insight with the article. The article was inspired by the initial conversation I had with Morton, then grew after a 15 minute interview with...

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First Pitch: Why We Won’t See Top Prospects in the Majors Until Mid-Season
Mar11

First Pitch: Why We Won’t See Top Prospects in the Majors Until Mid-Season

Earlier today the Pittsburgh Pirates made their first cuts of the Spring, which included sending Jameson Taillon to minor league camp. Taillon is the top pitching prospect in the system, and is expected to arrive in Pittsburgh by mid-season. I say “mid-season” not because he needs about two and a half months of Triple-A experience to get ready for the big leagues. I say “mid-season” because there are strong...

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