• Welcome to MiLB Pirates

    Hello, all. I'm Cory Humes, the director of baseball for Most Valuable Network as well as a columnist for Pittsburgh Lumber Co., MVN's major-league coverage of the Pirates organization. I'll be joined in this space by Nancy and Nicolas; they'll introduce themselves later on. As a quick intro, here's...

  • Breaking Down the NL Central Division – Part 4

    This is the fourth segment of an eight-part series handicapping the NL Central based on a position by position analysis of teams using a variety of projection systems. Part 1 (Intro, C-1B) | Part 2 (2B, 3B, SS) | Part 3 (OF) We’re not talking rocket science here, just a quick look...

  • Blogger Profiles – Part 2

    Jumping in on Cory's idea, here are my responses to the nine questions: 1. What are the best reasons that other baseball fans should visit your blog? This site is a good blend of new and old, humor and seriousness. All the various Pirate sites have good points. I look at or...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable #16

    Question #1: On February 11th, Dejan Kovacevic released his list of the "Top 10 issues facing Pirates this spring." What's the top issue that needs to be resolved in Bradenton according to you? Steve from The Parrot: I think the main competition to be settled is between Jose Castillo and Jose Bautista...

  • Breaking Down the NL Central Division – Part 3

    This is the third segment of an eight-part series handicapping the NL Central based on a position by position analysis of teams using a variety of projection systems. Part 1 (Intro, C-1B) | Part 2 (2B, 3B, SS) We’re not talking rocket science here, just a quick look at offense and a...

  • Breaking Down the NL Central Division – Part 2

    This is the second segment of an eight-part series handicapping the NL Central based on a position by position analysis of teams using a variety of projection systems. Part 1, which introduced the study and previewed catchers and first basemen, is available here. We’re not talking rocket science here, just a quick...

  • Breaking Down the NL Central Division – Part 1

    Yesterday's outsiders edition of Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable sparked a passionate discussion. The comments section was filled with arguments from a variety of viewpoints that all brought up valid issues with our NL Central rankings. Lacking, though, was a concrete, objective system to assess the product on the field. First-hand scouting and background...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable #15

    On Monday, you read what our regulars had to say. Now, you get to hear from the enemy: Enjoy the contrasting opinions that these big timers provide, and feel free to rip each other apart in the comments. Nothing like a good division rivalry, eh? EDIT:  Since this seems to be a...

  • New Fad: Blogger Profiles

    I can't fathom doing another Retrosheet project on 2006 right now, and I think between "Climbing Out of the Canyon" and the roundtables, 2007 has been thoroughly previewed. I could take a look a Pirates' history, but that's Randy's forte, not mine. I'd take a day off (you'd like that, wouldn't you?)...

  • We're Born Again, There's New Grass on the Field

    It's snowing. A whiteout. The roads are covered, schools are canceled. The weatherman just said we're going to have four inches of accumulation. In two days, though, all that won't matter. Our thoughts will be filled with sunshine, the crack of the bat, the smack of the ball hitting leather. On Thursday,...

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