The Real Story on the Navy SEAL Training Isn’t So Crazy

We’ve heard about the Pittsburgh Pirates putting their players through Navy SEAL training. We heard the original story, the repeat of the story, the re-repeat of the story, and all of the national attention that the story has received. We’ve heard from anonymous players, coaches, parents, agents, and members of other organizations who have spoken out against the reports of the training. There is one group we haven’t...

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An Early Look at the Results From the 2009 Draft

An early look at the results around MLB from the 2009 draft.

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Navy SEALs Roundtable With Dejan Kovacevic, Charlie Wilmoth, and More

Tonight I’ll be participating in a Navy SEALs roundtable over at Bucs Dugout. It was an idea proposed earlier this evening by Dejan Kovacevic, and will also be attended by Pat at WHYGAVS, Brian at Raise the Jolly Roger, and others. Here is the link to join the discussion. This is kind of last minute. In fact, it starts a minute from now. Because of the late notice, and previous plans, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to...

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Grading the Pirates’ 2008 Draft

Back in February I took a look at the early results of the 2008 draft. At the time, only eight players from the entire draft had a career 2.0 WAR or better. I pointed out that the 2012 season should start to see results from this draft, especially for the Pirates, who had some poor results heading in to the year. Pedro Alvarez managed to turn things around, and the club traded Robbie Grossman as the key piece in the Wandy Rodriguez...

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Battling for a Starting Job in 2013, Presley Has Offseason to do List

The 2012 season for Alex Presley wasn’t what he, nor the Pirates expected from him. After an impressive rookie season in 2011, where he finished with a .298 average over 52 games in the Majors, Presley broke spring training with the starting job in left field. But the 27-year-old struggled in his sophomore year, and was demoted, not once, but twice to Triple-A Indianapolis to get back on track. Presley started the season off...

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MLBTR’s Projected Arbitration Prices For the Pirates

Matt Swartz of MLB Trade Rumors came out with a system last year to project expected arbitration prices. Here were the projections last year, and what the players actually received. Player (Projection/Actual) Joel Hanrahan ($4.0/$4.1) Casey McGehee ($3.1/$2.5375) Jeff Karstens ($2.8/$3.1) Garrett Jones ($2.4/$2.25) Ross Ohlendorf ($2.1/Non-Tendered) Charlie Morton ($2.1/$2.445) Jose Veras ($2.5/$2.0 with Milwaukee) Chris Resop...

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