• 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...

  • Black Hole at First

    I almost vomited today. I don’t claim to have a long streak without having thrown up. Certainly not as long as Seinfeld claimed in an episode. I’m not sick. I didn’t eat anything disagreeable. I looked at the recent performance of Bucco first baseman and I felt ill. I was reading Buster...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable #8

    Question #1: Did the BBWAA put in the right guys last Tuesday? Would you have done anything differently? Randy from Buried Treasure: Ripken and Gwynn were clearly first ballot candidates. I’m in the school of thought that says Ripken is overrated, but he’s a great player nonetheless. If it were up to...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable #7

    Question #1: What do you think of Dan Szymborski's 2007 ZiPS projections for the Pirates? In your opinion, will the Pirates' regulars perform better, worse or the same as projected? Wilbur Miller from Pirate Player Profiles: I don’t see any obvious howlers in there. Like all projection systems, ZiPS leans heavily toward...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable #6

    Question #1: Should the Pirates keep veterans like Salomon Torres and Damaso Marte around when they control a number of younger relievers who may be ready to step into a big league bullpen? Matt and Alan from Bucco Wire: We think the Pirates should keep Torres. Torres was signed at a very...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable #5

    What is Mike Gonzalez' perceived value to your team? What would be a fair return for him in a trade? Dan Benton from Off the Facade: His value to the Yankees would come in the form of primary set-up man for Mariano Rivera. He would also be able to close games when...

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