The Upcoming Roster Crunch

The Pirates have some interesting decisions to make in the next few weeks.  It’s very likely that Neil Walker, Brad Lincoln, Jose Tabata, and Pedro Alvarez could be called up in the next month, and if all four get the call, the current 25-man roster could see some major changes. It’s not a guarantee that all four players will get the call, but for now let’s assume all four players will be up by this time next...

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Would you promote Jose Tabata in June?

All off-season we heard about how Pedro Alvarez, Brad Lincoln, and Jose Tabata would likely be with the major league team in June 2010.  The only promotion from that group I was skeptical about was Tabata.  It’s not that I don’t like Tabata.  Actually, the opposite is true.  Tabata was my number two prospect in the system in my top 50 prospects list.  I was shocked when he missed the cut for the...

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Pirates Notebook: Baseball Needs Instant Replay

I don’t want to put a damper on today’s game, because honestly, anytime the Pirates can take a series from the Brewers, I’m all for it.  As it happened today, the Pirates got very lucky in their win. I’m not talking about the fact that the Brewers have had so much success against the Pirates in recent history.  I’m not talking about any individual plays, such as the Ryan Doumit home run to tie...

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Pirates Notebook: Alvarez will make a big difference

After a game like today, and a slump like the Pirates have been on, you get the feeling that this team is totally hopeless, and that nothing will help the team improve.  I actually waited several hours before writing my game recap, then went back to look at the box score before I sat down to write this.  I can’t say that I’m optimistic for the team over the next month, but my optimism is still there for when...

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Pirates Notebook: How long until we see Kevin Hart?

Earlier today it looked like Kevin Hart would be the starting pitcher tomorrow for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Instead, Hart made his regularly scheduled start for Indianapolis, leaving Chris Jakubauskas as the starter tomorrow.  In that start, Hart was excellent, with one run allowed on five hits in five innings, along with a walk and five strikeouts.  This was against the same Louisville team that Hart pitched three no-hit...

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