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    Series Preview: Pirates vs. Astros

    The Pirates and Astros limp into this series, near mirror images of one another. Both are buried in the standings, despite residing in the thoroughly mediocre NL Central. Both are searching for new general managers, and, as an extension, a new philosophy. Houston has seen its farm system fall into disrepair, as...

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    Pirate Roster: What Can Coonelly, New GM Do?

    I think there have been enough words written discussing the hiring of Frank Coonelly as president and dissecting his announced philosophies that I can skip out on posting about that stuff here. If you haven't already done so, check out this five-minute video clip at the Post-Gazette, this article about the search...

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    Minor League Pitching Stats

    Pitching stat leaders for the Pirates' minor league affiliates Bryan Bullington  -- photo by NancyZ (photo -- Bryan Bullington; photo by NancyZ) Earned Run Average Indianapolis: John Van Benschoten 2.56 (109 IP) Altoona: Matt Peterson 1.98 (63.2 IP) Lynchburg: Kyle Pearson 3.89 (39.1 IP) Hickory: ...

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    Pirates Announce Hiring of Coonelly as President

    According to a press release posted on Pirates.com, the Pirates have just announced officially that Frank Coonelly will be taking the reigns as team president. Bob Nutting's quotes with emphasis added: Frank brings a tremendous amount of baseball experience to this role. This experience will be a critical asset for us moving...

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    Jason Delaney, First Base, Pittsburgh Pirates

    Jason Delaney D.O.B.: November 9, 1982 Height: 6?3? Weight: 215 lbs. B/T: R/R Pos.: 1B (OF) Draft: 12th round, 2005 (Boston College) Resources: PLC | SS | WTM | FI Pre-2007: Jason Delaney was drafted by the Pirates in 2005 out of Boston College, where he was a four-year starter playing third base and...

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    Jesse Chavez, Relief Pitcher, Pittsburgh Pirates

    Jesse Chavez D.O.B.: August 21, 1983 Height: 6?2? Weight: 153 lbs. B/T: R/R Pos.: RHP Draft: 42nd round, 2002 by Texas (Riverside Community College) Resources: PLC | SS | WTM | FI Pre-2007: The Pirates acquired Jesse Chavez, a right-handed relief pitcher, from the Texas Rangers in exchange for Kip Wells at the 2006 trade...

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    Pirates making home run history

    It is widely known that the Pirates set a team record with 45 home runs in the month of August. It was a fun time to watch Pirate baseball, as the team seemingly scored at will. However, even with that eruption of power, the Bucs are currently tied for 20th in Major...

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    Game #146 vs. Milwaukee

    PNC Park | 12:35 | Gorzelanny vs. Dave Bush | Box I'm inclined to call this win improbable. The Pirates were playing the division leaders. They collected only 9 hits and the bullpen blew a late lead. Despite that, the Pirates pushed three runs across in the home half of the 8th...

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    Amaro, LaCava, Wren Candidates for GM Job

    I've held two steady jobs during my college career, working only as long as I needed the cash. Put in my time for a year or two, pay my bills, save a little, avoid punching a clock for as long as possible. When I run out of beer money, I start the...

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    Brian Bixler, Shortstop, Pittsburgh Pirates

    Brian Bixler D.O.B.: October 22, 1985 Height: 6?1? Weight: 188 lbs. B/T: R/R Pos.: SS (2B) Draft: 2nd round, 2004 (Eastern Michigan University) Resources: PLC | SS | WTM | FI Pre-2007: Brian Bixler was drafted by the Pirates with the 52nd overall selection in 2004, seven picks behind Reid Brignac, six behind Yovani Gallardo,...

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