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    Gossage Voted into HOF; Others Continue to Wait

    Goose Gossage was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame today. Overdue, I'd say. Jim Rice was a close second and has a shot next year as the only safe candidate for selection is Rickey Henderson. That, of course, assumes Henderson doesn't some how make a comeback this year. Couple of comments......

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    Mini Camp and Signings

    Bits and pieces of news today: Pirates' Mini-Camp The Pirates' mini-camp is starting today. The idea is to give a few players, mostly pitchers but a few others, a look-over and give the new manager, John Russell, the opportunity to get to know them. Pitchers currently on the 40-man roster are mostly...

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    Pirates News and Notes: Voluntary workouts begin

    The Pirates began their four-day mini-camp this morning in Bradenton. The team expected 22 pitchers and five position players to attend. Management and coaches will have the opportunity to meet with players, the majority of which are pitchers, in a relaxed environment. As pitching coach Jeff Andrews was quoted in today’s Post-Gazette,...

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    Andrews taking the reigns of the pitching staff

    Well the mini-camp starts tomorrow and the Trib-Review has a preview of the pitching staff and how the Bucs new pitching coach, Jeff Andrews, is taking advantage of the mini-camp to re-acquaint himself with some of the pitching staff. It seems that he doesn't have to be too acquainted with at least...

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    Pirates News and Notes: Team looks to ink Capps

    Dejan Kovacevic reports in today’s Post-Gazette that the Pirates are pursuing a long-term contract with closer Matt Capps. The proposed length could be up to four years, which would take Capps through his arbitration years. I have mixed emotions about this strategy. Capps is obviously one of the more valuable Pirates right...

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    Lynchburg Hillcats: Ending the Season

    Finishing up the recap of the Lynchburg Hillcats' 2007 season: The end of July found the Hillcats with a 45-59 record. June and July had not been very kind to the 'Cats -- they won only 9 games in June and only 10 games in July, while losing 17 games each month,...

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    On the Twelfth Day of Christmas

    On the Twelfth Day of Christmas, I'm hoping I will see..... . . A pennant for the Indians, . Munoz throwing strikes, . Delaney arriving soon, . Velandia turning two, . McCutchen in the outfield, . Jewett looking pleased, . Bixler scooping grounders, . Kuwata on the mound, . Pearce blasting homers, . A new pitching coach, . Walker nailing line drives-- . From my favorite seat in Section 115.

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    Pirates sign Elmer Dessens

    The Pirates have signed right-handed reliever Elmer Dessens to a one-year minor league contract. Dessens, who will turn 37 on January 13, began his career with the Pirates and pitched for the team in 1996-1998. Dessens is unlikely to adequately fill the team’s need for a late-inning, right-handed reliever. He struggled through...

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    On the Eleventh Day of Christmas

    On the Eleventh Day of Christmas, I'm hoping I will see..... . . . Munoz throwing strikes, . Delaney arriving soon, . Velandia turning two, . McCutchen in the outfield, . Jewett looking pleased, . Bixler scooping grounders, . Kuwata on the mound, . Pearce blasting homers, . A new pitching coach, . Walker nailing line drives-- . From my favorite seat in Section 115.

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    Pirates News and Notes: Starting rotation set

    Neal Huntington indicated that he expects the Pirates starting rotation to be Ian Snell, Tom Gorzelanny, Paul Maholm, Zach Duke and Matt Morris. This is not much of a surprise. Snell, Gorzelanny and Maholm were locks, assuming none were involved in a trade. Morris, despite being vastly overpaid, could potentially be a...

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