This Date in Pirates History: January 16

On this date in 1948 the Pittsburgh Pirates purchased third baseman Eddie Bockman from the Cleveland Indians. He had started his career in the minors in 1939 but before he could make his major league debut he spent three years serving in the military during WWII. When he returned he played briefly for the 1946 Yankees who traded him to the Indians after the season. In 46 games with Cleveland in 1947 he hit .258 with 14 RBIs in just 66...

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Winter League Playoffs 1/12 — Hernandez On A Roll; Welch Too

Pirates’ players and friends in winter league action on Thursday:   DOMINICAN LEAGUE Gigantes del Cibao  6,  Aguilas Cibaenas  4 A 4-run 5th inning made the difference for Los Gigantes.  Both teams scored 2 runs in the 2nd inning — Los Gigantes with a walk, three singles, and a ground out double play; and Los Aguilas on a solo homer and a walk and two singles.  The scoring in the 5th began with a pair of doubles, and...

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Winter League Playoffs 1/4 — Hernandez Homers

The Puerto Rican League season ends today, with their playoffs beginning over the weekend.  Meanwhile the other Caribbean leagues continue in playoff mode.  In other news, SS Pedro Ciriaco has signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox.   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Navegantes del Magallanes  3,  Tigres de Aragua  2 Los Navegantes got things going with 2 runs on a walk and 3 singles before an out was recorded in the bottom of the 1st...

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Winter Leagues 10/27 — (Everyone Is Watching Game 6)

Just a little bit of winter league action for Pirates’ players and friends today… the Dominican League had a scheduled day off. VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Caribes de Anzoategui  3,  Bravos de Margarita  1 Not a lot of offense in this game — just 2 hits for Los Bravos and 6 hits for Los Caribes.  Los Bravos scored their only run in the top of the 5th, on a walk and three errors by Los Caribes.  The first two runs for Los...

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Winter Meetings Notebook: Rule 5 Draft Preview

Day three of the winter meetings wrapped up without any moves being made by the Pittsburgh Pirates, although we did have several rumors and updates about players the Pirates are talking to.  Day four will almost certainly bring at least one transaction, as the 2010 Rule 5 draft will take place at 9:00 AM, with the Pirates having the first overall pick. The Pirates haven’t said whether they will use the selection, or trade it...

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