Buster Olney Ranks Pirates’ Outfield as the Second Best in Majors
Jan18

Buster Olney Ranks Pirates’ Outfield as the Second Best in Majors

Buster Olney continued his Major League rankings, going with the best outfields in baseball(subscription required) on Sunday. He ranked the Pittsburgh Pirates outfield as the second best in the Majors, trailing only the Florida Marlins. Olney said that the Pirates could have the best outfield in baseball next year if Gregory Polanco takes a step forward. That shouldn’t be difficult for Polanco, who had a great AAA season before...

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Jung Ho Kang Will Begin His Career in the Majors as a Bat off the Bench For the Pirates
Jan16

Jung Ho Kang Will Begin His Career in the Majors as a Bat off the Bench For the Pirates

It was no surprise that Jung Ho Kang would be signing with the Pittsburgh Pirates this week. The rumors first came out last week, saying that Kang would be finalizing a deal by the middle of this week. Then there were rumors at the start of this week saying that Kang had agreed to a deal, and would be flying to Pittsburgh on Wednesday. All of that happened, and the Pirates officially announced Kang’s deal today. Terms of the...

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Buster Olney Ranks the Pirates Among the Best Defensive Teams
Jan15

Buster Olney Ranks the Pirates Among the Best Defensive Teams

As was mentioned here yesterday, Buster Olney gave some very favorable rankings for the Pittsburgh Pirates, rating them near the top in baseball for their starting rotation, bullpen and lineup. I mentioned yesterday that their bench would likely rank very high once Jung Ho Kang is signed, but I missed out on the defensive side of things. Olney ranks the Pirates’ defense as the 8th best in the league, the same spot he has their...

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Will the Pirates Avoid the Stephen Strasburg Shutdown with Jameson Taillon?
Jan14

Will the Pirates Avoid the Stephen Strasburg Shutdown with Jameson Taillon?

During the 2012 season, the Washington Nationals won 98 games, taking the NL East division, and making the post-season for the first time since moving to Washington in 2005, and the first time in franchise history since the Montreal Expos made it in 1981. Despite this success, the Nationals drew a lot of criticism over the fact that they shut down their top young pitcher, Stephen Strasburg. The right-handed phenom was coming off Tommy...

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Charlie Morton’s Approach to Clean His Arm Action and Make His Delivery More Efficient
Jan13

Charlie Morton’s Approach to Clean His Arm Action and Make His Delivery More Efficient

It’s rare to see a guy throw off the mound during mini camp. Usually pitchers are just getting started back up after a short break over the holidays, and only throwing off flat grounds. That wasn’t the case today with Charlie Morton. The sinkerball pitcher wanted to get out on the mound today for the first time since having surgery back in September. He threw a short bullpen session with Ray Searage, Jim Benedict, and...

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Radhames Liz on Why He Chose the Pirates, Changes to His Game, and Jung-Ho Kang
Jan12

Radhames Liz on Why He Chose the Pirates, Changes to His Game, and Jung-Ho Kang

Radhames Liz was in mini camp today at Pirate City, giving him his first day of work in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ organization. The right-hander met with the media after the day’s workouts, and discussed what led to him signing with Pittsburgh. The rumors surrounding Liz were drawn out, with initial reports saying that he had agreed to a two-year deal worth $3 M. Liz said that he didn’t have any two-year offers from...

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