• 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...

  • Climbing Out of the Canyon – Part 2

    On Saturday, I started the Climbing Out of the Canyon series with Part 1, which previewed the 2007 Cardinals. Continuing on down the '06 final standings, I'm ready for Part 2 and the Houston Astros. Phil Garner's squad was almost able to capitalize on St. Louis' late-season collapse--but close only counts in...

  • Roundtable

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  • Batting Out Of Order

    Duffy-Wilson-Sanchez? Or Duffy-Sanchez-LaRoche? The Pirates' lineup has been getting a lot of attention as of late (such as in the P-G here and here, on Pirates.com here, and at WHYGAVS and Honest Wagner), as there's not too much else to talk about in the world of hardball at the end of January....

  • Downfall of the Fam-A-Lee – Part 1

    In 2006 I read the book When the Bucs Won it All by Bill Ranier and David Finoli. The authors suggest that the Pirates failings in the mid-80s were mainly due to the trades that took place putting the 1979 team in place. The authors stated: Because he (GM Pete Peterson) no...

  • Climbing Out Of The Canyon – Part 1

    Pat from Where have you gone, Andy Van Slyke prominently displays this quote from the legendary center fielder on his blog: "Every season has its peaks and valleys. What you have to try to do is eliminate the Grand Canyon." Pat's banner reminds the casual Pirate fan that we haven't finished with...

  • The Ugliest Alternate Jersey I've Ever Seen

    Hello all, I'd like to give a quick introduction of myself before I get into the meat of my first quick post at MVN. I'm Cory Humes of A New Pirates Generation and Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable. I'm a junior journalism major at Point Park University in downtown Pittsburgh. I'm a Pirates baseball...

  • Book Review: A Well Paid Slave by Brad Snyder

    This biography of Curt Flood is well written and unbelievably meticulously researched. Brad Snyder is a lawyer by trade and it shows in his preparation and delivery. In fact, if there is one bad thing about this book it’s that it is a bit heavy on the court room jargon and procedures....

  • LaRoche a Good Fielder? And Other Things

    I do not claim to be an expert on fielding or fielding statistics. Nor do I claim to have studied the fielding abilities of Adam LaRoche live or on the tube. But, every comment I’ve read about him since his rumored and finally consummated trade to Pittsburgh speaks of him as being,...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable #9

    The Pittsburgh Pirates recently experienced a shift in power amongst its ownership group. What changes does Bob Nutting, the new face of the team, have to make in order to field a competitive ballclub in Pittsburgh? Should Pirate fans anticipate the emergence of a successful team in the near future? Jeff Sackmann...

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