Blogger Profiles – Part 2

Jumping in on Cory’s idea, here are my responses to the nine questions: 1. What are the best reasons that other baseball fans should visit your blog? This site is a good blend of new and old, humor and seriousness. All the various Pirate sites have good points. I look at or try to look at the active Pirate blogs at least once a day. 2. What was your favorite post? Wow. Tough one. There are so many on the old version of MVN that...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable #16

Question #1: On February 11th, Dejan Kovacevic released his list of the “Top 10 issues facing Pirates this spring.” What’s the top issue that needs to be resolved in Bradenton according to you? Steve from The Parrot: I think the main competition to be settled is between Jose Castillo and Jose Bautista for the available infield position. With Castillo having a lousy 2006 and Bautista showing loads of promise, it will...

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Breaking Down the NL Central Division – Part 3

This is the third segment of an eight-part series handicapping the NL Central based on a position by position analysis of teams using a variety of projection systems. Part 1 (Intro, C-1B) | Part 2 (2B, 3B, SS) We’re not talking rocket science here, just a quick look at offense and a cursory glance at defensive whizzes (or dunces). I’m using ZiPS as my projection base, but I have CHONE and Marcels around here as well if you find fault...

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Breaking Down the NL Central Division – Part 2

This is the second segment of an eight-part series handicapping the NL Central based on a position by position analysis of teams using a variety of projection systems. Part 1, which introduced the study and previewed catchers and first basemen, is available here. We’re not talking rocket science here, just a quick look at offense and a cursory glance at defensive whizzes (or dunces). I’m using ZiPS as my projection base, but I have...

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Breaking Down the NL Central Division – Part 1

Yesterday’s outsiders edition of Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable sparked a passionate discussion. The comments section was filled with arguments from a variety of viewpoints that all brought up valid issues with our NL Central rankings. Lacking, though, was a concrete, objective system to assess the product on the field. First-hand scouting and background knowledge (even from our top-notch panel) only takes you so far. Baseball is...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable #15

On Monday, you read what our regulars had to say. Now, you get to hear from the enemy: Enjoy the contrasting opinions that these big timers provide, and feel free to rip each other apart in the comments. Nothing like a good division rivalry, eh? EDIT:  Since this seems to be a topic people are passionate about, as links come in, I’ll try to make them available here.  The pages will open in a new window so that you can continue...

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