Houston Astros Hire New Manager, Banister Stays in Pittsburgh
Sep29

Houston Astros Hire New Manager, Banister Stays in Pittsburgh

The Houston Astros have ended their search for a new manager quickly, announcing today that A.J. Hinch will fill the position. We heard a few days ago the Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister, who has been in the organization for 29 years, was contacted by the Astros about the job opening. He has never managed in the majors before, while Hinch has managed parts of two seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Good news for the...

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Jeff Banister Contacted About Astros Managerial Position
Sep27

Jeff Banister Contacted About Astros Managerial Position

Ken Rosenthal reports today that Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister has been contacted by the Houston Astros about their vacant managerial position. Banister was named the bench coach of the Pirates back in November of 2010 and he is now in his 29th season in the organization, a career that began as a player back in 1986 when he was selected by the Pirates in the 25th round of the amateur draft. He has five years of...

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Francisco Liriano Made $2 M in Performance Bonuses This Year
Sep22

Francisco Liriano Made $2 M in Performance Bonuses This Year

While writing last night’s First Pitch, I took a moment to see what Francisco Liriano’s restructured deal actually paid him. Originally, Liriano signed a two-year, $12.75 M deal. After breaking his arm, the deal was restructured as a one year, $1 M deal with a lot of performance bonuses. Last night I was reminded that Liriano has reached a lot of those bonuses this season. Last year we learned the details of...

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Looking at Russell Martin’s Potential Value on the Open Market
Sep09

Looking at Russell Martin’s Potential Value on the Open Market

Ken Rosenthal discussed Russell Martin’s upcoming trip to free agency in today’s column (h/t MLBTR). In the article, he mentioned a lot of things that we already know, including that the Pirates want Martin back. He also included speculation that is often said, such as how Martin’s price could soar beyond the team’s comfort level. The speculation rests more on the potential for Martin’s price to soar, as...

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Pirates Extend Their Contract With West Virginia Through the 2018 Season
Sep09

Pirates Extend Their Contract With West Virginia Through the 2018 Season

The Pittsburgh Pirates have extended their Player Development Contract with the West Virginia Power through the 2018 season. The previous PDC was set to expire after this season, prior to the four-year extension. The Pirates first joined up with West Virginia in 2009, meaning the extension will carry them through their tenth year with the Power franchise. Neal Huntington spoke about the extension in a West Virginia press release. “We...

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Pirates Release 2015 Schedule
Sep08

Pirates Release 2015 Schedule

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released their 2015 schedule, which can be seen below. The opening series will be in Cincinnati, followed by the home opener against the Detroit Tigers on Monday, April 13th. The Pirates will also host the Minnesota Twins, the Chicago White Sox, and the Cleveland Indians. They will visit Chicago, Detroit, Kansas City, and Minnesota. From a playoff and division standpoint, they don’t play the Cardinals...

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