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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First Pitch: There is No Need to Extend Neil Walker
Oct15

First Pitch: There is No Need to Extend Neil Walker

One thing I’ve never understood is the desire to see extensions and free agent years bought out for every single player. I understand it when it comes to guys like Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte, or Gerrit Cole, as those could be impact talents. I don’t understand the thinking for guys who just profile to be role players on the roster. Each off-season the extension wish lists begin. Whether it’s in the comments...

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First Pitch: Pirates Need to Stay The Course
Oct11

First Pitch: Pirates Need to Stay The Course

David Price will be a big name on the trade market this off-season. He’s one of the best pitchers in the game, and has two years remaining. If you want the comfort of two years of an established major league pitcher, you can’t do much worse than him. The Pirates certainly could use a top pitcher like Price. But it will cost you. It will cost a lot in prospects, like starting with Gregory Polanco. Although you can trade...

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