Game 141 Recap: McDonald is Stellar like Monica Gellar

Maybe the Astros clubhouse was filled with the sounds of Milli Vanilli’s ‘Blame it on the Rain’ after this one ended. If the scoreboard operators in Pittsburgh are anything like most scoreboard operators, they were playing rain themed songs (‘Who’ll Stop the Rain’ by CCR, ‘Laughter in the Rain’ by Neil Sedaka, ‘Rain’ by the Beatles, ‘Rainin’ Men’ by the...

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Potential Off-Season Targets: First Basemen

A week ago I looked at some options to fill the starting pitching needs for the 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates.  Since then, a few names and rumors have emerged, with the focus mostly being on pitching.  Despite the coverage focusing around pitchers, the 2011 Pirates have a few more needs on the team.  One of the needs is either a first baseman or a right fielder. In my current 25-man roster projection I have Garrett Jones projected as the...

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In Praise of Jason Thompson

I have a weird quest to acquire every regular issue baseball card for every Pirates player from 1952 to 1993. I’m way more than half way there, but my collection essentially starts in the early 1970s. I recently acquired a 1981 Topps Jason Thompson card, which got me thinking.

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2010 Position Recap: First Base

Yesterday I went over the right field situation, noting that the circumstances didn’t change during the 2010 season.  The Pirates started the season with a lot of options, but no lock for a right fielder, and ended the season with new options, and no lock for a future right fielder.  The first base scenario is a lot of the same.  The start of the season saw Jeff Clement as the starting first baseman.  Many were worried about...

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Perry Hill wants to coach again

Chuck Finder had a quote from Perry Hill today in the PBC Blog on Hill’s future plans. Hill responded to Pittsburgh Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington’s comments about Hill not wanting to coach. Hill’s response: “I never said I didn’t want to coach,” Hill said this afternoon. “I just didn’t want to be with Pittsburgh. I definitely want to coach.” This takes me back to the post...

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