First Pitch: Is Chris Stewart the Best Catching Option If the Pirates Can’t Re-Sign Martin?
Oct21

First Pitch: Is Chris Stewart the Best Catching Option If the Pirates Can’t Re-Sign Martin?

The Pittsburgh Pirates brought in Chris Stewart last year to serve as a defensive specialist behind Russell Martin. Stewart did not exactly specialize in defense during the 2014 season. The catcher posted his best year ever offensively, with a .693 OPS that was over 100 points higher than his career numbers entering the season. That was largely fueled by a .364 BABIP, which is way up from his career .259 BABIP. Stewart has never...

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First Pitch: How Baseball is Still Unfair to Small Markets, Despite Small Market Success
Oct17

First Pitch: How Baseball is Still Unfair to Small Markets, Despite Small Market Success

I’ve written a lot about how baseball is unfair to small market teams. The fact that some teams can spend double or triple what about a third of the league can spend in payroll illustrates that baseball doesn’t have equality. A lot of times, this argument is mistaken as saying “small market teams can’t win.” We’re currently in a year where the Kansas City Royals are going to a World Series. The...

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First Pitch: Sorting Out the Mixed Reviews For Nick Kingham
Oct16

First Pitch: Sorting Out the Mixed Reviews For Nick Kingham

In the last two days, Baseball America released their top 20 lists for the Eastern League and the International League. With their first five lists, there weren’t any big surprises. Two players made it from the GCL, West Virginia and Bradenton and it was the players we expected. The lists for the Appalachian League(Bristol) and NYPL(Jamestown) didn’t have any Pirates players and we really didn’t expect anyone to be...

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First Pitch: Despite a Career Year, the Pirates Still Shouldn’t Extend Neil Walker
Oct15

First Pitch: Despite a Career Year, the Pirates Still Shouldn’t Extend Neil Walker

The topic of extending Neil Walker gets brought up every off-season. It’s always a subject that causes a huge divide. To some, Walker is seen as a key member of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and an irreplaceable part of the core of this team. Some of this evaluation might have to do with the fact that Walker is from Pittsburgh. To others, Walker is a good player, but not a great player. He’s not a guy like Andrew McCutchen,...

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First Pitch: In Discussing the Best Players in MLB, Andrew McCutchen is Second to One
Oct14

First Pitch: In Discussing the Best Players in MLB, Andrew McCutchen is Second to One

In 2012, Andrew McCutchen had his first big breakout season, hitting for a .327/.400/.553 line and putting up a 6.8 WAR. The fear at the end of the year, after the Pirates collapsed in the second half, was that McCutchen wouldn’t be able to repeat those numbers in the future, making it impossible for the Pirates to contend in future years. McCutchen didn’t repeat those numbers the following year. He improved on them. He...

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First Pitch: Russell Martin’s Long-Term Affordability and Early Extension Chances
Oct10

First Pitch: Russell Martin’s Long-Term Affordability and Early Extension Chances

I was going to write about Russell Martin tonight, and more specifically, how the Pittsburgh Pirates can easily afford Martin in the future. I detailed the short-term of this subject earlier in the week, noting that there is plenty of room on the 2015 payroll to sign Martin. But what about beyond that? One thing that is going to help the Pirates keep their payroll low in future years will be their top ranked farm system. That system...

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