Baseball Prospectus Looks at 12 Bargain Free Agents
Nov14

Baseball Prospectus Looks at 12 Bargain Free Agents

The Pittsburgh Pirates have done well in the past few years looking at bargain players, especially on the pitching side of the game. They look to be going the same route again this year, once again looking for bargain starting pitchers. Baseball Prospectus released a list of 12 players who are likely to be bargains this year. The list is numbered, but I don’t think it’s a rankings list, since each writer had one player....

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MLB Owners Approve Instant Replay For the 2014 Season
Nov14

MLB Owners Approve Instant Replay For the 2014 Season

Major League Baseball owners had their annual meetings today, and a big topic of discussion was the installation of instant replay in baseball starting in 2014. According to Ken Rosenthal, the owners approved funding for instant replay. Owners approve funding for replay expansion next season. Approval of players' and umpires' union fully expected. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 14, 2013 The next steps will be...

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Clint Hurdle Wins the NL Manager of the Year Award
Nov12

Clint Hurdle Wins the NL Manager of the Year Award

For the second time this off-season, Clint Hurdle has won a Manager of the Year award. Hurdle was named the NL Manager of the Year tonight by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Previously he was named the NL Manager of the Year by The Sporting News. Tonight Hurdle beat out Fredi Gonzalez of the Braves and Don Mattingly of the Dodgers, taking 25 of 30 first place votes. There’s not much to say about Hurdle that...

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Neal Huntington Is the Runner Up For Executive of the Year
Nov11

Neal Huntington Is the Runner Up For Executive of the Year

The Sporting News named their 2013 MLB Executive of the Year tonight, giving the award to Boston Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington. Pittsburgh Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington finished second in the vote, losing 15 to 9. Dayton Moore finished in third with four votes, which means there are four people who have never heard of Wil Myers. Frank Wren finished fourth with three votes. The “worst to first” narrative...

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Reds Hire Jay Bell as a Bench Coach
Nov11

Reds Hire Jay Bell as a Bench Coach

The Cincinnati Reds have hired Jay Bell away from the Pirates to be their bench coach, according to Ken Rosenthal. Sources: #Reds to hire #Pirates hitting coach Jay Bell as bench coach. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 12, 2013 Bell was the Pirates’ hitting coach in 2013, his first year on the job. I was going to mention how he seemed to have struggled on the job, but after looking at the numbers the Pirates...

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Getting a Good Look at Catching Prospect Jin-De Jhang
Nov11

Getting a Good Look at Catching Prospect Jin-De Jhang

Twitter follower @27imokemp, who runs a Pirates blog called U Gotta Believe, passed along a video of Jin-De Jhang this afternoon. For those of you who don’t know, Jhang is a catching prospect in the lower levels. He was signed out of Taiwan in late 2011 for $250,000. He’s been on the radar as a prospect to watch in the lower levels, although he’s still raw in some areas, and is mostly potential at this point....

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