2010 Position Recap: Second Base

The Pittsburgh Pirates traded Freddy Sanchez to the San Francisco Giants at the 2009 trade deadline, leaving a big hole at second base with no internal options at the top two levels.  To fill that hole, the Pirates traded for Akinori Iwamura, sending Jesse Chavez to the Tampa Bay Rays in November 2009 to land their starting second baseman. Iwamura was coming off a .290/.355/.390 line in 231 at-bats during an injury shortened 2009...

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Candidates To Be Removed From 40-Man Roster

This off-season the Pirates will probably face a much tougher set of roster decisions than they have in years.  Several factors are coming together to create a lot of those decisions.  The team has spent a couple years now accumulating players, very few of whom have established themselves as solid major leaguers.  Many of the players who were acquired as major leaguers, or near-ready major leaguers, are out of options.  Many of the...

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Indians Catapult Over Chiefs 7-5

INDIANS CATAPULT OVER CHIEFS 7-5 Tribe Jumps Ahead Early And Rallies Late For Victory SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Right fielder Brandon Moss blasted a first inning grand slam to give the Tribe an early lead, before center fielder Alex Presley came through with a clutch two-out two-run single in the ninth to catapult the Indianapolis Indians over Syracuse in the International League Wild Card race with a 7-5 victory over the Chiefs on...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/22/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis lost to Lehigh Valley 3-2.  Charlie Morton pitched six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, with three walks and four strikeouts.  Brian Bass pitched two shutout innings, allowing a hit, no walks and four strikeouts.  Wilfredo Ledezma pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts. Kevin Melillo went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a run.  Akinori Iwamura went 1-for-4 with a solo homer....

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Why John Russell Shouldn't Be Fired

As you may already know, I don’t believe that a baseball manager has a significant impact on a baseball team.  I feel that the most important thing is talent, and that “good managers” are usually managers who have been blessed with good players.  Too often a manager is fired as a scapegoat.  When the whole team is playing horrible ball over an extended period, it’s easier to fire the manager and...

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