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    Neal Huntington: "We need above-average players"

    An interview with Pirates’ general manager Neal Huntington was published at Baseball Prospectus on Sunday. It is an interesting read that gives us a bit more insight into the team’s plans, both in the near and distant future. For some analysis, check out any of these posts. However, it was one simple...

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    First Day of the Winter Meetings

    The Pirates picked up two new players today, both waiver claims from other clubs: INF Josh Wilson is a Pittsburgh native (Mount Lebanon High School). He started the 2007 season with the Washington Nationals, who had claimed him off waivers a year ago. In 15 games with the Nationals, he struggled...

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    Downfall of the Fam-A-Lee – Part 17

    Like 1982, the Pirates were very much in the race in 1983. The club was tied for first as late as September 17. The Buccos went just 6-8 over the final two weeks of the season while the Phillies caught fire and went 13-2 over the same stretch to win the division...

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    McCutchen is #8 — Where is everyone else?

    MLB.com/milb.com have finished listing their top 50 prospects, and prospect #8 is Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen, who turned 21 years old last month, had an interesting 2007 season. He had spent most of 2006 with Low-A Hickory, skipped over High-A Lynchburg, and appeared in 20 games with AA Altoona at the end...

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    Bucs Retreads Find Shelter Elsewhere, Thankfully

    It hasn't been a busy off-season for the Pirates regarding their on-field personnel. But a handful of ex-Buccos have found their way off the scrap heap and into Spring Training invitations. The Nationals signed a slew of players, including Humberto Cota and Yurendell DeCaster. I wondered out loud several months ago when...

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    Walker Finally Gets Vacation

    Neil Walker has finished up his time with Los Venados de Mazatlan in the Mexican Pacific League. He took the assignment in Mexico so that he could continue to work on his skills as a relatively new third baseman. Walker played in 38 games for Mazatlan, committing 7 errors during...

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    Players on the Move

    Josh Sharpless  -- photo by NancyZ (MVN) LHP Shane Youman, who was removed from the Pirates' 40-man roster last week, was claimed off waivers by the Philadelphia Phillies. Youman has been in the Pirates' organization since he was drafted in 2001 (43rd round). He moved steadily up...

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    Is Jason Bay suffering from declining bat speed?

    In an article published on November 20, Rich Lederer of BaseballAnalysts.com mentioned that Jason Bay’s “power has been gradually drifting from left toward right field over the past couple of years.” He provided Bay’s hit chart at PNC Park in 2007 to support this idea. This interested me, so I decided to...

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    Looking South for the Weekend

    Mexican Pacific League Los Venados de Mazatlan took both ends of a double-header from Culiacan on Sunday, making up for their rain out on Saturday evening. Neil Walker didn't play in either 7-inning game. In the first game, Brian Myrow (Padres) singled and Christian Quintero homered to give Mazatlan 2 runs...

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    Ken Brett

    Continuing with a look back on some forgotten or semi-forgotten Buccos... This time, the topic is Ken Brett. It was four years ago last week than Kemer succumbed to brain cancer. I heard his name mentioned in conversation the previous month when I dined with some new co-workers. The spouse of my...

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