The Pirates Destroy the Cardinals 12-2, as Told Through Photos
Apr05

The Pirates Destroy the Cardinals 12-2, as Told Through Photos

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a big win over the St. Louis Cardinals last night, taking the opening game of the series with a 12-2 victory. Pirates Prospects photographer David Hague was on hand for the event, and captured a lot of great photos. For the full album of pictures, check out David’s page. Here are the big moments from last nights game, told through David’s photos. The tarp was on the field, and delayed the start...

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The New Revenue in MLB Didn’t Lead to a Big Increase in Payrolls
Apr01

The New Revenue in MLB Didn’t Lead to a Big Increase in Payrolls

All off-season there was discussion about the new money that was coming into Major League Baseball. The amounts vary, but most sources had each team getting an additional $20 M in revenues each year, starting in 2014. This led to the idea that teams would be seeing a major increase in payroll starting in 2014. USA Today has released their Opening Day payrolls for the 2014 season, which allows us to compare those payrolls to the 2013...

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Andrew McCutchen’s “This is SportsCenter” Commercial (Video)
Mar31

Andrew McCutchen’s “This is SportsCenter” Commercial (Video)

If there’s one thing that I feel makes a good “This is SportsCenter” commercial, it’s the use of mascots. This one does an excellent job with that. Also, “#PlundertheLox” might have to be a new saying after McCutchen hits a home run.

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Opening Day Payroll
Mar31

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Opening Day Payroll

USA Today has released their 2014 salary database, giving us a look at the league minimum salaries and the salary for Travis Ishikawa ($1 M). That is always the final thing needed for the 2014 40-man payroll page. I’ve updated the payroll page with the new numbers, and the Pirates will be entering the season with an estimated payroll of just under $75 M. Click the 40-man link to view the details. A few notes: **The payroll...

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Week In Review: Opening Day Rosters, Marte Extension, Taillon Injury Updates
Mar30

Week In Review: Opening Day Rosters, Marte Extension, Taillon Injury Updates

Yesterday the Pittsburgh Pirates set their Opening Day Roster. Not many of the moves were a surprise, especially after Andrew Lambo was optioned to Triple-A, opening the first base job for Travis Ishikawa. I’ve written five season preview articles, taking a look at every position group on the team based off that Opening Day roster. Here are those previews. **The Pirates Rotation Has Some Red Flags, But Still Projects to Carry...

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The Pirates Could Get a Huge Value From Starling Marte’s Extension
Mar26

The Pirates Could Get a Huge Value From Starling Marte’s Extension

The Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to an extension with Starling Marte today, putting the outfielder under team control through the 2021 season. The extension was for six years and $31 M, with two option years. Specific details about the yearly salaries and the option years are unknown. However, you don’t need to see those details to know that this has the potential to be a huge value for the Pirates. To put this deal in perspective,...

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