First Pitch: Dear ESPN and TBS, Please Show This in Your Pre-Game Broadcasts
Sep30

First Pitch: Dear ESPN and TBS, Please Show This in Your Pre-Game Broadcasts

Last year when the first #PNCBLACKOUT campaign rolled around, I was a bit skeptical of how it would work out. I figured the crowd would be amped up, but I don’t think anyone was expecting what actually happened. A few hours before the game, I exited PNC to go outside to do a radio interview. What I saw was just a preview of that night. Federal Street was packed, due to thousands of people coming over the Clemente Bridge. It...

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First Pitch: Edinson Volquez Currently Listed as the Starter in the Wild Card Game
Sep29

First Pitch: Edinson Volquez Currently Listed as the Starter in the Wild Card Game

When I first started this site, I was 26 years old. The first year I ran the site, I was driving 45 minutes back and forth from Lynchburg every night. The second year on the site, I finished the season with a driving tour that took me from Charlottesville, VA to Richmond, Bowie, State College, Williamsport, Altoona, West Virginia, and back to Charlottesville, all in the span of two weeks. I don’t consider my current age of 31 to...

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First Pitch: Did the New Team in Bristol Benefit the Pirates System?
Sep28

First Pitch: Did the New Team in Bristol Benefit the Pirates System?

Today I wrote up the 2014 Jamestown Jammers and Bristol Pirates season recaps, which you can check out by clicking on each of those team names. From a talent perspective, these two teams were clearly the weakest in the system. Some of that might have been due to the changes the Pirates made, adding an extra short-season team in Bristol this year. There are multiple reasons a team adds a new affiliate like Bristol. For one, this could...

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First Pitch: There Will Be Playoff Baseball at PNC Park This October
Sep27

First Pitch: There Will Be Playoff Baseball at PNC Park This October

Since two of the three relevant playoff games were on the West Coast tonight, I decided to combine the playoff update with First Pitch. Well, that, and also due to the fact that I’ve been getting ready to leave to cover the playoffs, where hopefully I’ll be gone for more than just a week, and preferably a month. The Pirates got in a better situation for that to happen tonight. They beat the Reds, and the Giants lost to the...

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First Pitch: Francisco Liriano is the Easy Choice For the Wild Card Game
Sep26

First Pitch: Francisco Liriano is the Easy Choice For the Wild Card Game

Last year when the Pittsburgh Pirates were in the Wild Card game, there was some debate over who should start that game. The debate was warranted in 2013. Francisco Liriano was looking like a top of the rotation pitcher all year, but so were A.J. Burnett and Gerrit Cole by the end of the season. Still, it wasn’t hard to see that Liriano was the best of the bunch, and the best pitcher to get the start. This time around there are...

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First Pitch: Is It a Guarantee That Russell Martin Will Be Gone After the Season?
Sep25

First Pitch: Is It a Guarantee That Russell Martin Will Be Gone After the Season?

Pittsburgh Pirates fans have been expecting Russell Martin to be gone at the end of the year. The catcher is having a career year at the plate, and over the last two years the appreciation for catcher defense has gone way up across the league, increasing his value. Complicating the matters further is the fact that the Pirates balked at giving A.J. Burnett more than $12 M last year, stating they didn’t want to exceed a certain...

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