Six Pirates File For Arbitration
Jan14

Six Pirates File For Arbitration

The MLB Players Association announced today that 146 players have filed for arbitration. That list includes all six Pirates who were eligible: Pedro Alvarez, Vin Mazzaro, Mark Melancon, Gaby Sanchez, Travis Snider, and Neil Walker. The process to file for arbitration is only a formality, and isn’t really significant. The significant move this week will be when the teams and players exchange figures on Friday. Once the two sides...

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Winter Leagues: Updates For Marte and Polanco
Jan14

Winter Leagues: Updates For Marte and Polanco

Very little action on the schedule Monday, but the Starling Marte situation always has something new each day. The soap opera started with him leaving a game early last Sunday. He then missed the next two games and had a team off day on Wednesday. The word we got was that he was just resting, but then it came out that he had a minor back injury. Marte returned on Thursday, played Friday as the designated hitter and then sat out...

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Small Market Teams in Baseball: A League of Takers?
Jan13

Small Market Teams in Baseball: A League of Takers?

One thing I’ve done differently this off-season is to shut it down most weekends and take a few days off. After Thursday night’s First Pitch is done, I know I can go out with my friends that night and the rest of the weekend, along with catching up on all of the TV I missed throughout the week. I’m hoping this will avoid burnout in September, which seems to happen each year. If anything, it does mean that I get to...

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The Hall of Fame is Dead
Jan09

The Hall of Fame is Dead

I grew up an Orioles fan. My favorite player of all time was Cal Ripken Jr. I collected every baseball card of his. I met him once, and got his autograph as a kid after a game at Camden Yards. I was there the day he tied the consecutive games streak, and I have the shirt that says “I was there” to prove it. I watched the next night from home when he broke the streak. I drank milk because Cal Ripken did milk commercials....

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Andrew Lambo Looking Better at First Base Today
Jan08

Andrew Lambo Looking Better at First Base Today

Last night I wrote that Andrew Lambo was having problems in a drill where the infielders were skipping balls in the dirt, trying to get them past him. The drill was done once again today, and Lambo looked much better. A key difference between the two days was that yesterday players were throwing as hard as they could, and throwing wild intentionally, trying to skip a ball past Lambo. As I mentioned, Travis Ishikawa handled the same...

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Jameson Taillon: The 2014 Version of Gerrit Cole
Jan08

Jameson Taillon: The 2014 Version of Gerrit Cole

In 2013, the Pittsburgh Pirates saw Gerrit Cole make the jump to the majors in mid-June. By the end of the season, Cole was starting to look like the ace he was projected to become when he was taken first overall in the 2011 draft. The Pirates are hoping for similar results from fellow top pitching prospect Jameson Taillon in 2014. Taillon, taken second overall in 2010, will start the 2014 season in Triple-A, and could very well be in...

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