• Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable #12

    Question #1: How many appearances should Salomon Torres make in 2007? Should he only be used as a closer? Matt from Wait 'Til Next Year: The Pirates need to make sure that Salomon Torres stays among the league leaders in appearances in 2007. There are two reasons for this. First of all,...

  • Climbing Out of the Canyon – Part 4

    Finally we come to the first improved team in the NL Central as I continue to preview the 2007 division. St. Louis (Part 1), Houston (Part 2) and Cincinnati (Part 3) failed to impress me--it seems as if an overachieving Pirates squad could hang with those teams. Milwaukee, however, is a different...

  • Give Them The Darn Ball (Or Vamoose! Chacon)

    I was going to write Part 4 of "Climbing Out of the Canyon" tonight, but then I found an article (with a little help from a Keith Law ESPN Insider chat transcript) that I had to relate to the Pirates. Had to. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote "Modest Proposal:...

  • Downfall of the Fam-A-Lee – Part 4

    Among the reasons the Pirates were horrible in the mid-80s, poor trades made in an effort to build the 1979 team isn't one of them. Previous posts looked at the moves that brought Bert Blyleven, John Milner and Mike Easler to the Steel City. Both of those trades were good ones. Up...

  • Tracy's Tendencies (Wilson, Sacrificial Lamb)

    I stumbled on this post at Chronicles of the Lads, a Los Angeles Angeles blog, while perusing the work of Tom Tango (a sabermetrician associated with the Marcels projections). Tom talked in mathspeak before coming to the conclusion that "All-in-all, it’s likely that the Angels' bunting was a wash." I thought to...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable #11

    Question #1: True or false: The Pirates are putting too much stock in their top four starting pitchers. Wilbur T. Miller from Pirate Player Profiles: True. The bullpen figures to be deep but not outstanding, especially with Gonzalez gone. The hitting still figures to be below average. It’ll have to be the...

  • Downfall of the Fam-A-Lee – Part 3

    Going alphabetically down the list of 1979 Pirates that were acquired via trade brings us to Mike Easler. The Trade On 3/15/79 the Pirates sent cash, career minor leaguer George Hill and career minor leaguer Martin Rivas to the Red Sox for Easler. The Background Long before he was known as "Hit...

  • Climbing Out of the Canyon – Part 3

    Onward we go in the series of season previews of the NL Central's teams. Part 1 covered the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals, and Part 2 went over the Astros. Journeying down the 2006 standings, we next come to the Cincinnati Reds. Remember, I'm trying to find out if the time has...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable #10

    Hello all, and welcome to the first PPR hosted at MVN. We're still trying to work out a few bugs, but I figured I'd post our most recent effort now for your viewing pleasure. This site will be a little different from our old home, http://pirates.mlblogs.com. First, you'll be able to easily...

  • Downfall of the Fam-A-Lee – Part 2

    The authors of the book When the Bucs Won it All state that the Pirates plunge into last place in the 1980s was due to the poor trades that were made to acquire the players on the 1979 club. I disagree. In part 1 of this series, I looked at how the...

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