"Without an Explosion, Will Pirates Get Better?"

I was reading through Pat’s game thread when I came to a comment from a reader known as DC. I’m telling you the only way out is [to] blow it up. … You have to trade value to get value. Trade Bay for some legit blue chip prospects. It’s the way the other teams do it and frankly we need to get to the doing. I ask without an explosion how will this team be better next year? As much as I like some of these guys we...

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The Ramirez Trade is Worse than We Thought

Everybody knows this, but when the Pirates traded Aramis Ramirez and Kenny Lofton to the Cubs prior to the trading deadline for Jose Hernandez, Bobby Hill and minor league pitcher Matt Bruback, it clearly signaled that the team was unwilling to pay the young talent it had developed. It was an ugly deal for the Pirates and it helped the Cubs immensely. I just found out it is much worse than I thought. My buddy Alan is a devotee of all...

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Game #94 vs. Rockies

PNC Park | 12:35 | Snell vs. Jeff Francis | Box Brooms. Jeff Francis held the Pirates to two runs through seven innings, the heart of the Pirates’ order went 2 for 12 with four strikeouts, and the Rockies finished off the series sweep, 5-3. Ian Snell allowed 5 runs on 5 hits in 6 innings.  He allowed two home runs, one each to Brad Hawpe and Todd Helton, while striking out six batters.  Only two of his past five starts meet the...

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Game #93 vs. Rockies

PNC Park | 7:05 | Youman vs. Josh Fogg | Box Different chapter of the same book.  Josh Fogg looked like Cy Young, Pirate pitching allowed 14 hits and three walks, and the end result was another Rockie win, 6-2. The game’s start was delayed by half an hour because of passing showers—a thunderstorm that knocked out my power for the entirety of the evening. The Pirate bats were powerless, too.  Adam LaRoche and Jason Bay...

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When Do I Get My Chance to See Pirate Greatness?

No offense to the rest of you old fogeys, but I’m in my prime. Early 20s, college student, all that jazz. No one’s going to call me a geezer. I have the whole world in front of me. My only question is this: Will the Pirates ever be a competitive baseball team in my lifetime? An entry in Dejan Kovacevic’s Post-Gazette Q&A hit home this morning: I am 22 and vaguely remember watching the Bucs vs. Braves at my...

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Pirates Sign Moskos; Kendall Traded to Chicago

Dejan Kovacevic is reporting in the Post-Gazette that the Pirates have come to terms with their first round draft pick, left-handed pitcher Daniel Moskos.  The official announcement will come later today, likely just before this evening’s game against the Rockies. KDKA speculates that Moskos will report to the State College Spikes, a short-season Single-A team.  Duke Welker and Matthew Foust, the Pirates’ second and sixth...

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