What does Perry Hill want?

The more I think about the Perry Hill situation, the more I think it might just be about money. It’s the only thing that really makes sense. There has been talk about Hill’s reaction to the trades. Dejan Kovacevic reported the following yesterday: Plain and simple, it is that management had assured him upon signing up late in 2008 that there would be no massive rebuilding, that the infielders with whom he would work would...

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Improvement Since the Trades

The Ryan Doumit situation has brought up a lot of speculation, with the biggest theories suggesting that the starting catcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates is disgruntled over the trades that have been made this season. Personally I don’t want to speculate on what the disagreement between John Russell and Doumit was. However, that won’t stop me from looking at whether or not there is any reason to be disgruntled over the...

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West Virginia combines for no-hitter

The West Virginia Power, Class A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, combined for a no-hitter against Charleston tonight, winning 4-0. Newly acquired starter Hunter Strickland, added in the Adam LaRoche trade, pitched six innings, with five strikeouts. Strickland allowed just two base runners, one on an error, and another hit by a pitch. Diego Moreno came on to pitch the final three innings, with three strikeouts. Moreno now has a...

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Pirates Notebook: LaRoche got a bad rap

Adam LaRoche never had a chance. No, I’m not talking about the odds of him being traded this season. I’m talking about the unreasonable expectations laid upon him by most Pittsburgh Pirates fans. I always feel like this comparison elaborates on how LaRoche received unfair treatment: Player A: .270/.341/.500 with 25 HR in 492 AB the 2008 season Player B: .276/.356/.497 with 26 HR in 597 AB during the 2008 season Player A is...

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Adam LaRoche Mystery Team: Elimination Game

ESPN’s Peter Gammons reported that the Pittsburgh Pirates had a better offer on the table for Adam LaRoche, which involved the Pirates picking up salary for LaRoche. Gammons suggests that the Pirates went with the Red Sox offer for financial reasons. Without knowing the team, it’s hard to say if Gammons is correct. You’d think he’d at least allude to the team with a statement like that. Dejan Kovacevic...

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