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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Tyler Glasnow Saw a Change in 2013
Jan07

Tyler Glasnow Saw a Change in 2013

By the middle of the 2014 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates could have two pitchers in the majors with top of the rotation upside. Gerrit Cole joined the Pirates in 2013, and started looking like an ace by the end of the season. Jameson Taillon could make the same jump this year, and also has the potential to be a top of the rotation guy. The Pirates could also have a third future ace on the way not long into the future. Everyone knew...

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Pirates Getting National TV Time in 2014
Jan07

Pirates Getting National TV Time in 2014

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced four home game time changes to accommodate National Television. The games are as follows: Monday, March 31 (Opening Day) – Game moved from 1:35 PM to 1:05 PM for an ESPN national telecast. Sunday, May 11 – Game against the Cardinals moves from 1:35 PM to 8:05 PM as ESPN’s exclusive National Sunday Night Baseball telecast. Saturday, May 24 – Game against the Nationals moves from...

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