It's 12:30. Do You Know Where Your GM Is?

It’s 12:30 where I’m sitting and the Bucs and Dave Littlefield have yet to be players on the final day of non-waiver trading. Just a couple of trades so far: Joel Piniero from Boston to the Cardinals, who are figuring they still have a shot in the weak NL Central. They give up a minor leaguer to be named later. Scott Proctor from the Bombers to the Dogers for Wilson Betemit. Sounds like a deal the Bucs might’ve made...

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Game #104 vs St. Louis

PNC Park | 7:05 | Maholm vs. Adam Wainwright | Box Adam Wainwright shut the Bucs down, again. Maholm pitched into some poor luck. It was 2-2 in the 7th with two gone. Scott Rolen singled bringing up journeyman Ryan Ludwick. He hit a pop foul behind the plate that Ronny Paulino dropped. Ludwick deposited a double into center, which scored Rolen only because Paulino dropped Jack Wilson’s relay throw. Signs of life: Wilson had two...

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Jack Wilson and a Pirate Reliever Detroit Bound?

Down to the wire, per usual. Last season, we didn’t hear many grumblings at all until Sean Casey, Craig Wilson, Kip Wells, Roberto Hernandez and Oliver Perez were dealt away on July 31. This year, the Pirates have made it known that they’re engaged in talks with at least one other team. Says Dejan Kovacevic in the Post-Gazette: According to two team sources, the Pirates are discussing a deal with the Detroit Tigers that...

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Which Pirate Castoffs Do You Trade By Tuesday?

Discussion topics for an off day… If you were in Dave Littlefield’s shoes, which trade deadline stance would you take? Miracle turnaround in 2008; add big-league pieces only Trade the vets for youth; punt a season or two in order to start another rebuilding process around Pearce, Walker and McCutchen Stand pat; don’t make any moves until this off-season If you were in Dave Littlefield’s shoes, which player...

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Pearce, Bayliss Face New Challenges After Promotions

Two young Pirates got the calls they’d been waiting for on Sunday.� The organization’s hottest hitter, Steve Pearce, and one of its many bullpen prospects, Jonah Bayliss, each were moved up a level.
Pearce, 24, will be playing at Triple-A Indianapolis after starting the 2007 season with High-A Lynchburg as only a marginal prospect.� Pearce had an on-base plus slugging percentage of 1.279—absolutely monstrous—with the Hillcats through 75 at-bats, prompting the Pirates to move him to Double-A Altoona.� With the Curve, Pearce hit .334 with 14 home runs and 72 RBI in 287 at-bats.� With an OPS of .984—and a bevy of drooling scouts gawking at his every swing—it was time to see what he can do at the next level.
I wrote last week that I was worried Pearce’s power (as a pull hitter) wouldn’t translate well to the spacious gap in left-center field at PNC Park.� We’ll see how much water that argument holds soon enough, as Victory Field in Indianapolis is built bigger to left field, too.� It’s just 320 feet to the wall down the third-base line, but the left-center gap is 418 feet away from home—a good 50 feet farther than at Blair County Ballpark.
Bayliss, 26, was promoted not for his strong performance, but instead out of necessity.� He takes the roster spot vacated by John Van Benschoten, and will assume the long-relief role of Tony Armas, who now shifts into the rotation.� The Pirate pitching staff continues to play musical chairs.
Bayliss has been scored upon in six of his 10 July outings for the Indians.� He has worked more than an inning six times, too, after throwing just 34.2 innings in 38 appearances with the Pirates this season.� He clearly needs a little more work—he’s walked eight batters in 15.1 Triple-A innings—but since Jesse Chavez and Franquelis Osoria aren’t on the 40-man roster, Bayliss was the best possible option readily available.

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Former Buc Bill Robinson Found Dead Sunday

Bill Robinson, a corner infielder and outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirate teams of the 1970s, was found dead in his hotel room Sunday. Robinson, 64, had been serving as a minor-league instructor for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Robinson, who also played with the Braves, Yankees and Phillies in his 16-year major-league career, was a regular on the 1979 team that won the World Series. Randy Linville took a look at Robinson’s career...

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