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    Indianapolis Indians: July 2007

    Continuing with a review of the Indianapolis Indians' 2007 season... (EDIT: sorry about being out of order... I was out of town, and my assistant was confused.) (But he's only 12, and he's handsome.) Einar Diaz -- photo by NancyZ (MVN) The Indians began the month of July in second...

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    The Best Game Ever by Jim Reisler

    Spring Training has opened up, yet my house in Dayton, OH was hit by six inches of snow, give or take. In protest, I shoveled my driveway while wearing my 1972 era mustard color Bucco cap and thought happy thoughts about championships past. The story of the 1960 World Series is well...

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    Indianapolis Indians: August 2007

    Don Kelly and Brian Bixler -- photo by NancyZ (MVN) The Indians began the last month of their season with a 55-54 record, in second place in the West Division of the International League, 8 games behind first-place Toledo. The first series of the month was on the road, a 4-game...

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    Pirates sign Byung-Hyun Kim

    The Pirates signed right-handed pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim today. Financial details have not been announced, but apparently it is a Major League deal. Overall, Kim posted a 6.08 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP with the Rockies, Diamondbacks and Marlins in 2007. He made 28 appearances, including 22 starts. His last good season came...

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    2008 Preview – Steve Pearce

    Most would agree that the Pirates need to rebuild for the future. Their current team is not built to succeed in the short or long term, and there is not much coming up through the farm system to rejuvenate this sputtering roster. With many players in the starting lineup growing older and...

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    The Pitch – 2008 Preview

    The Pitch on MVN Radio is moving through Major League Baseball previewing all 30 teams, and today it was the Pirates’ turn. I had the honor of joining hosts Brandon Rosage and Joe Aiello to discuss the team’s chances for this season, and as you might expect, it was not very optimistic....

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    Mientkiewicz speaks his mind

    Spring training is a time for clichés. In the early moments after pitchers and catchers report, we get a daily assortment of news that we read every year around this time. Pitcher A is eager to get started. Pitcher B has been shut down due to an arm injury. The new manager...

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    One Early Move

    The Pirates have made one early roster move: Starting LHP Josh Shortslef has been shut down due to shoulder pain and "weakness". Shortslef made 27 starts for Altoona in 2007, though he was a chronic victim of a lack of run support. He finished the season with a 5-13 record and...

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    Spring Training and Hope

    Like Matt, I have always loved the opening of spring training. For me it has always allowed for some spark of hope that the team may come out of nowhere and contend (such has been my dreams for the past 14 seasons, before that it was that we'd get back to the...

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    Moskos to start

    The Pirates have decided to make Daniel Moskos, their first-round selection in 2007, a starting pitcher. Moskos was mostly a closer during his days at Clemson, but made some starts as a senior. Obviously, a starting pitcher is more valuable than a reliever is, so his career could be much more productive...

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