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    Hickory Crawdads: Finishing the Regular Season

    By mid-August, the Hickory Crawdads still maintained a hold on first place in the South Atlantic League's Northern Division. But they had just lost their first series of the second half of the season, dropping three out of four games to Columbus. After an open day, they travelled to Lakewood...

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    More Free Agent Signings

    The Pirates have signed RHP T.J. Beam to a minor league contract. Beam is a 27-year old from Scottsdale, Arizona, who has been in the NY Yankees organization. He spent the majority of 2007 with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, where he made 29 appearances, all in relief. He had a...

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    Thoughts on Mitchell and the History of Drugs in Baseball

    Not a fan of the report at all. It smacks of a overblown, long winded witch hunt. Baseball owners are just as guilty as the players are when it comes to the proliferation of the use of steroids in baseball. Both parties benefited. Neither party was interested in preventing it until there...

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    Free Agent News

    The Pirates signed four players to minor league contracts: SS Jorge Velandia -- Velandia has been in the Pirates' organization before. In 2005, he played the entire season with the Indy Indians, and was a valuable member of the team. He has sure hands at both shortstop or second base, and...

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    Hickory Crawdads: August 2007

    Way back in September, I started reviewing the Hickory Crawdads' 2007 season. Then we got sidetracked by fall ball and winter ball and a few other things. So, let's keep going with the Crawdads' season, and then we can move on and review more of the Pirates' affiliates 2007 seasons. To...

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    Of Mountains and Mole Hills

    Last week, there was some hand wringing and teeth gnashing in Bucco Nation over the trade of Salmon Torres to the Brewers for 2 minor league players that are marginal prospects. Matt did some analysis of the trade, which I thought was pretty spot on. But let's take a look at some...

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    Should the Pirates trade Jack Wilson?

    The Pirates have a barren minor league system, mostly devoid of impact talent. The Major League team has won less than 70 games in three consecutive seasons. The majority of the team’s offense is made up of average players in their prime who will be eligible for free agency in two or...

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    Hot Stove Notes

    A few notes, a few signings... Dejan Kovacevic, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Trent Jewett will be returning to manage the AAA Indianapolis Indians in 2008. Jewett had been in consideration for the position of Pirates' manager and/or a position on the Pirates' coaching staff. Apparently the feeling...

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    Rule 5 Draft — Additions and Subtractions

    Results from the Rule 5 Draft, plus a trade: Subtractions 1. Major League part of the draft -- no Pirate players were claimed. 2. Minor League part -- RHP/starter Clayton Hamilton was claimed by the Tigers. The 25-year-old was drafted first by the Pirates in 2003, but didn't sign. He was then...

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    Pirates deal Torres for two minor league relievers

    The Pirates traded right-handed relief pitcher Salomon Torres to the Milwaukee Brewers today for minor league relievers Marino Salas and Kevin Roberts. This ends Torres' six-year tenure with the Bucs. The 35-year-old pitcher resurrected his career with the team in 2002 after spending four years out of baseball. He was the most...

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