First Pitch: MLB Parity is a Parody
Oct31

First Pitch: MLB Parity is a Parody

For most of the previous decade, the argument surrounding Major League Baseball was that the league had parity because of all of the different World Series winners. From 2000-2008 the league had eight different winners in nine years. That gave the impression that anyone could win, and that baseball was a fair game. After the Boston Red Sox won the World Series tonight, I looked at the list of the recent World Series winners. What I...

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First Pitch: How to be a Professional Blogger
Oct29

First Pitch: How to be a Professional Blogger

Last night, Dejan Kovacevic wrote an article about the process of becoming a sports writer. Overall it was a good look at the process of making it in more traditional media. After reading Dejan’s article, I read a link that Maury Brown of the Biz of Baseball shared. I related more to this article, since Brown is an independent sports writer, and came up through a different manner than Dejan. Today there was a lot of discussion...

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First Pitch: Thinking Outside the Box in Right Field
Oct29

First Pitch: Thinking Outside the Box in Right Field

Earlier today I looked at the right field position for the 2013 season, then looked at the free agent options this off-season. Right field was an issue for the Pirates this year, to the point that they had to trade for Marlon Byrd before the August trade deadline to shore up the position. In the future, right field won’t be an issue with Gregory Polanco close to the majors, and likely arriving during the 2014 season. As I...

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First Pitch: What Would the Pirates Do?
Oct24

First Pitch: What Would the Pirates Do?

Last night I wrote about how the Tampa Bay Rays were the model franchise in baseball. In the comments, a few people talked about how the Pirates should strive to be the model franchise. This is definitely true. I mention the Rays so often because they’ve been the most successful small market team. They’ve done this by using small market strategies, such as valuing young players and prospects, trading players at the right...

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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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