Barry Bonds and Jim Leyland Will Present Andrew McCutchen and Clint Hurdle With Awards
Mar28

Barry Bonds and Jim Leyland Will Present Andrew McCutchen and Clint Hurdle With Awards

The Pittsburgh Pirates just sent out a press release with all of Monday’s Opening Day festivities. The biggest highlight was that Barry Bonds and Jim Leyland will be on hand to present awards to Andrew McCutchen and Clint Hurdle. Bonds (1990 and 1992 NL MVP with the Pirates) will join Dick Groat (1960 NL MVP) to present McCutchen with his 2013 NL MVP award. McCutchen’s mother, Petrina McCutchen, will be signing the...

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Spring Training Notes: Polanco Sticking With McCutchen and Marte
Feb24

Spring Training Notes: Polanco Sticking With McCutchen and Marte

At the end of last week I posted a video of Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte, and Gregory Polanco taking batting practice together. It was a nice sight to see those three rotating in the batting cages together, since they could eventually make up the best outfield trio in the majors. McCutchen is already an MVP, Marte posted a 4.6 WAR in his first full season, and Polanco looks like an impact talent who should arrive by mid-season...

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Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte, and Gregory Polanco Taking BP (Video)
Feb21
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First Pitch: A Glimpse at the Future
Feb19

First Pitch: A Glimpse at the Future

**Earlier today I wrote about Gregory Polanco and some of the defensive adjustments he made last year while he was in Bradenton. Polanco said that adjustment helped him to become a more complete outfielder. Everyone has questions about prospects, even the safe bets like Polanco. For me, Polanco becomes less of a question mark because of his skills in the outfield, and his speed. Those are two skills that translate to every level, and...

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Spring Training Notes: The Pirates Have a Program Similar to Field F/X
Feb18

Spring Training Notes: The Pirates Have a Program Similar to Field F/X

In the last week I’ve written twice about how the Pittsburgh Pirates plan on utilizing outfield defensive shifts more often in 2014. Clint Hurdle initially talked about it last week, and I spoke with Neal Huntington about the topic, with Huntington noting that this would be different than their approach from a few years ago with outfield shifts. It appears that one big difference will come via new technology. Yesterday Hurdle...

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