• Spring Training Update: Jose Castillo's Fate

    We can all admit that when we heard Jim Tracy name Jose Bautista the starting third baseman, we were a bit surprised. I thought---as did many members of the blogosphere---that the Spring Training competition between the Joses was all for show. Bautista, to me, projects as a more useful super-utility player than...

  • Starting Over: Masumi Kuwata

    An interesting story -- an interesting player: MASUMI�KUWATA born:� 4/1/1968�� in Osaka, Japan Ht:� 5' 8"��� Wt:� 176�lb������ B: Right���� T: Right . Masumi Kuwata seemed to have done it all as a veteran pitcher in Japan.� But there was one more thing he wanted to accomplish:� he wanted to be a major league pitcher in the...

  • Spring Training Update: Your Rotation Sleeper

    During my appearance on Thursday's Sportsocracy podcast (Caution: mediocre Pirates analysis and explicit language after the link), I was asked an interesting question: Are you a Duke guy or a Snell guy? Allegedly, there are only two schools of thought. Now, I knew it was coming so I had a chance to...

  • Buccos 2007; For once and for all, will THIS be the year ??

    Hey all, thought I'd drop ya'll a line or two. Heaven knows, Cory and Randy give you a plethora of Bucs-related information already. I'm sure you haven't been sitting there thinking, "Gee, when's Tony gonna post again." The answer to that is "check the MVN Pens' page". LOL, talk about plethoras. Anyway,...

  • Wave the magic wand at Neil Walker

    Another hometown player for the Pirates: NEIL WALKER third base/catcher born:� 9/10/1985�� in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Ht: 6' 3"������ Wt:� 210 lb B: Both���� T: Right For Neil Walker, baseball is the family business.� His father, Tom, was a major league pitcher in the 1970's with the Expos, Tigers, Cardinals, and Angels.� His uncle, Chip Lang, was also a...

  • Spring Training Update: Bucs vs. TOR and NYY; Bautista to Start at 3B

    The Pirates slipped to 8(+1)-14-1 in Grapefruit League play yesterday, as they lost to the Blue Jays, 5-3. Neither Jason Bay nor Adam LaRoche made the trip to Dunedin. Andrew McCutchen, Brian Bixler and Neil Walker all saw playing time. Jose Bautista played third, and Jose Castillo stayed home. Brad Eldred connected...

  • Stat Rats #3 — Answers

    Answers to #3: How much did you remember from 2006? . For the Pirates' minor league affiliates in 2006: 1. Which position player had the highest batting average (min 200 at bats)? AAA - Indianapolis Indians -- Carlos Maldonado�� .354 AA - Altoona Curve -- Nyjer Morgan�� .306 A+ - Lynchburg Hillcats -- Brent Lillibridge�� .313 A - Hickory Crawdads...

  • Stat Rats #3

    A little more trivia..... . For each of the Pirates' minor league affiliates in 2006: 1. Which position player had the highest batting average (min. 200 at bats)? 2. Which batter had the most triples? 3. Which player had the most stolen bases? . Answers later today..... Go Tribe!

  • Spring Training Update: Around the Web

    Pirates news and shameless plugging today: First, and least important, I'll be appearing on Sportsocracy org's weekly podcast tonight to talk some Pirates baseball. If you follow those guys, you'll already know that Pat from WHYGAVS played the role of guinea pig last week. The bar's been set high; I'll try...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable #25

    This is the 25th edition of Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable, a bi-weekly collaboration of Pirates writers and thinkers from around the Internet. If you'd like to submit a question to our panel, or if you're interested in learning more about participating, e-mail the moderator here. Question #1: What are your impressions of the...

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