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    Since You've Been Gone

    A quick scan of the baseball news over the last couple of days brought me face-to-face with a couple of stories about ex-Buccos. One memorable. One not so much. According to this story, Craig Wilson hasn't toned down the personality that angered Pirates front office personnel. And, surprisingly, Victor Santos has enjoyed...

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    The Starting Rotation: What Can We Expect?

    A few days ago in the comments, Vaughn made a claim that was music to my ears: Pretty much all of those minor league numbers are sick. We’ve got quite a quartet here, and Burnett could join them. This is how franchises are built, around...

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    Travelling the Country with Chris Truby

    A well-travelled returnee from 2006: CHRIS TRUBY infielder born: 12/09/1973���� in Palm Springs, CA Ht:� 6' 2"���� Wt:� 220 lb.�������������� B: Right��� T: Right . Chris Truby was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Houston Astros in� 1992, after playing high school baseball in Hawaii.� He began his professional career in 1993 with the GCL Astros.�...

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    More Players Cut as Opening Day Approaches

    As Cory mentioned below, both the Post-Gazette and Trib-Review are reporting that Josh Sharpless has been assigned to AAA. Also gone are Einar Diaz and Mike Ryan. Sharpless posted a low ERA in Spring but walked more hitters than he struck out (8 to 7) in 8 games pitched. Ryan hit the...

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    Spring Training Game 29: Bucs/Sox Live Thread

    Dejan's recap at the P-G: "Armas, Paulino spur Pirates past Red Sox, 3-2." Good to have him back. Paul Meyer just doesn't do it for me. ---- Heading into the seventh inning stretch, it's the Pirates on top, 3-2. Armas went 5.2, allowing 5 hits, 2 earned runs and 2 walks. He...

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    Downfall of the Fam-A-Lee – Part 8

    Continuing with a string of posts the looks at whether or not ill-conceived trades made to acquire the players on the 1979 roster doomed the team to flounder in mediocrity in the mid-1980s. I think no, but let's continue with Bill Robinson. The Trade On April 5, 1975, the Pirates acquired Robinson...

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    Kevin Gryboski, in relief

    A pitcher new to the Pirates' organization: KEVIN GRYBOSKI pitcher born:� 11/15/73�� in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Ht: 6' 5"��� Wt: 230 lb B: Right�� T: Right . Kevin Gryboski was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 1994.� For the first few years of his career, in the lower levels of the Mariners' system, he worked mostly as a starting pitcher.�...

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    Stats

    First Pitch Swinging Data by Randy Linville The Internet is a beautiful thing. And among the most beautiful things on the WWW is baseball-reference.com. One of the recently added features to that site is a compilation of pitch data for each player. So, we can see how many strikes a player took...

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    2002 First Pitch Swinging Data

    Player OBP PA 1st% 1st Pitch Swing PAs 1 Pitch PAs 1 Pitch OBP Giles, Brian .450 644 23 148 64 .328 Kendall, Jason .350 605 13 79 50 .360 Wilson, Jack .306 586 23 135 64 .276 Ramirez, Aramis .279 570 39 222 82 .317 Young, Kevin .322 525 32 168...

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    Spring Training Update: Bucs vs. Twins, Rays

    The Bucs split their weekend games, thumping Minnesota, 13-7, and getting thumped by Tampa Bay, 12-4. Ian Snell was average; Tom Gorzelanny was abysmal. From the Post-Gazette: There's a chance Freddy and John Grabow will both start the year on the disabled list (freeing up roster spots, potentially, for Don Kelly and...

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