Pirates Announce Jay Bell As New Hitting Coach

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced several coaching changes today for the 2013 season, and the highlight was former shortstop Jay Bell being announced as the hitting coach. Bell spent 18 seasons in the majors, with eight of those years coming with the Pirates between 1989-1996. After retiring from the game he spent time as the bench coach in Arizona from 2005-2006, and he recently was the hitting coach for Arizona’s Double-A...

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Andrew McCutchen Wins First Gold Glove

Major League Baseball and Rawlings announced today that Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen won his first Gold Glove among National League Center Fielders. McCutchen beat out Atlanta’s Michael Bourn and Cincinnati’s Drew Stubbs for the award. McCutchen finished the 2012 season with a 135-game errorless streak and led all National League outfielders in fielding percentage (.997), making just one error in 371...

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Piratefest to Take Place December 15-16

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Tuesday that Piratefest will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on Saturday, December 15 and Sunday, December 16. The hours for the 23rd annual Pirates indoor themed baseball event are as follows: Friday, December 14 is exclusively for season ticket holders; Saturday, December 15 from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM; Sunday December 16 from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM.   This years event will...

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The Pirates Have Spent Big in the Draft, But Has it Paid Off?

Last week, during the round table discussion at Bucs Dugout, a question was raised about how each team’s draft results compare to their total spending. I’ve previously looked at the 2008 draft, noting the success stories from each round, and comparing that to what the Pirates got. Looking at the $/WAR for each team sounded interesting. It’s not a perfect method, but it would be one of the best ways to quantify draft...

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McCutchen Named Finalist for Gold Glove

Rawlings Sporting Good Company announced their 2012 Gold Glove Award Finalists today, and Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen was named one of the three finalists for center field in the National League. McCutchen was the only Pittsburgh player to be named a finalist this season. He was a finalist in center field along with Cincinnati’s Drew Stubbs and Atlanta’s Michael Bourn. McCutchen finished the 2012 season with a .997...

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2012-2013 Off Season Primer

With the World Series coming to an end last night, the 2012/2013 off-season officially begins today.  Here is a quick primer of all of the off-season topics. 40-Man Rosters Teams must reinstate players from the 60-day disabled list no later than five days after the end of the World Series, getting their rosters down to 40-men.  The deadline this year is on Friday.  The Pittsburgh Pirates currently have one player on the 60-day...

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