Gregory Polanco: “The Walking Toolshed”
Oct18

Gregory Polanco: “The Walking Toolshed”

In order to get out of the Dominican Republic as a baseball player, the saying goes, “No one walks off the island.” In a country with so much baseball talent per capita, scouts want to see Dominican players hit. Showing a good eye at the plate would not be enough to project future success. Scouts have to have faith that they could handle the bat and “hit their way off the island.” It is impossible to walk off an island, right? Not...

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The Pirates Won’t Have Problems Attracting Free Agents
Oct11

The Pirates Won’t Have Problems Attracting Free Agents

We’re about a month away from the time when Major League Baseball players are first eligible for free agency. We’re about two months away from the time when those players actually start to sign with teams. So it’s early in the process. But it’s not too early to get a feel for how free agency could play out for the Pirates. I’m not talking about specific players. I’m not talking about specific...

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Pirates Take 2-1 Lead Over Cardinals: Five Key Moments From Tonight’s Win
Oct06

Pirates Take 2-1 Lead Over Cardinals: Five Key Moments From Tonight’s Win

The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals tonight 5-3 in a game that featured a lot of resolve from the Pirates. They had to overcome a lot of obstacles, from Francisco Liriano’s struggles with command, to the Cardinals coming back twice, to a few tough breaks and base running mistakes. In the end they won and took a 2-1 series lead in the best of five NLDS. Here are five instances when the Pirates overcame a tough...

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Pirates Focus on Game 2 Bounceback, Avoiding 2-0 Deficit
Oct04

Pirates Focus on Game 2 Bounceback, Avoiding 2-0 Deficit

Leave it to Andrew McCutchen to provide an ounce of perspective following the Pirates’ first-ever NLDS loss. “One team had to win, one team had to lose,” the Pirates center fielder said. “We’re the team that had to lose tonight.” Hey, it’s not deep, but it’s true. The playoffs create a cauldron for The Narrative™ to emerge, no matter what that narrative is. And there is no better source...

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Nothing Goes Right For the Pirates As They Drop Game One 9-1
Oct03

Nothing Goes Right For the Pirates As They Drop Game One 9-1

Coming into this game, you expected Adam Wainwright to be his dominant self. He was. Wainwright threw seven innings, giving up one run on three hits, with no walks and nine strikeouts. The lone run came off Pedro Alvarez, who hit a solo homer in the fifth inning. “We’ve seen him along those lines before,” Clint Hurdle said. “You know, the curveball plays so well.  Every once in a while they get me over for...

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