The Pirates Won’t Have Problems Attracting Free Agents
Oct11

The Pirates Won’t Have Problems Attracting Free Agents

We’re about a month away from the time when Major League Baseball players are first eligible for free agency. We’re about two months away from the time when those players actually start to sign with teams. So it’s early in the process. But it’s not too early to get a feel for how free agency could play out for the Pirates. I’m not talking about specific players. I’m not talking about specific...

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Pirates Off-Season Preview: Burnett, First Base, and the Walker Problem
Oct10

Pirates Off-Season Preview: Burnett, First Base, and the Walker Problem

The Pittsburgh Pirates made the playoffs this year, and will largely be keeping the same team together next year. When you add in the continued improvements from young players, and the expected mid-season additions of prospects like Jameson Taillon and Gregory Polanco, then you’ve got a team that has the potential to be strong once again next year. Because of this, there aren’t a lot of things the Pirates need to focus on...

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The 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates — A Success Story
Oct09

The 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates — A Success Story

Success is a subjective term. It can have many meanings, depending on what you consider “successful”. When it comes to baseball, you can use different milestones to mark success. One milestone I’ve never liked is the idea that the only successful team is the one that wins the World Series. The goal for every team is to win the World Series, and only one team can win each year. But other teams can have a successful...

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Michael Wacha’s Near-No-Hitter Sends NLDS Back to St. Louis
Oct07

Michael Wacha’s Near-No-Hitter Sends NLDS Back to St. Louis

Toss 22-year-old Michael Wacha onto a pitcher’s mound where he has to keep the Cardinals’ season from ending. Add 40,000 screaming fans who want nothing more but to see him fail, and tauntingly sing his name from the first pitch. Nervous? “I kind of like it,” Wacha said. “It kind of gives me adrenaline. I kind of use it in my favor.” St. Louis’ starter retired the first 15 Pirates hitters he...

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Pirates Making Noise with Home Field Advantage
Oct07

Pirates Making Noise with Home Field Advantage

The Pirates’ playoff run seems to be all Pittsburghers are talking about. And when they talk with someone who has been down to PNC Park for either of the first two postseason games, the first question is usually the same: Is it really as loud as everyone is saying it is? Ask the national writers who have attended multiple World Series, they’ll tell you it was louder than any baseball game they have covered before. Ask Neal...

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Hurdle: Everybody is available in the bullpen
Oct07

Hurdle: Everybody is available in the bullpen

Clint Hurdle held his pre-game press conference with the media today, and was asked a few questions about the availability of certain players. Hurdle declined to name a game five starter, if that would be necessary. However, he did say that everyone would be available out of the bullpen today. When asked whether A.J. Burnett or Gerrit Cole could be used in relief, Hurdle’s response was vague. “I think we’ll say...

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