This Date in Pirates History: January 12

On this date in 1988, Willie Stargell was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year on the ballot. Willie was named on 352 of the 427 ballots, a total of least 321(75%) were necessary for election. Stargell was the only player voted in that year but four others on the ballot eventually got in, one of them being Bill Mazeroski who finished 7th with 33.5% of the votes. Willie played 21 seasons in a Pittsburgh...

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2010 Trade Deadline Recap

The 2010 trade deadline was kind of surreal.  In previous years, I would check MLB Trade Rumors several times a day, always trying to keep up with the latest rumors on where Pittsburgh Pirates players could end up.  This year there was very little trade talk, to the point where I went days without even going to the site at all.  Part of that was because the Pirates had traded so much away last year, but another part was that they...

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How today’s trades affect the Pirates’ 2010 season

The Pirates roster did not contain many obvious trade chips as we approached the 2010 trade deadline, but that did not keep Neal Huntington from wheeling and dealing today. Huntington utilized five players that he signed this past offseason, sending Ryan Church, Bobby Crosby and D.J. Carrasco to Arizona, Javier Lopez to the Giants and Octavio Dotel to the Dodgers. Let’s take a look at how all of these roster changes will affect the remainder of the 2010 season.

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Pirates to call up Argenis Diaz and Jeff Clement

According to Jennifer Langosch, the Pittsburgh Pirates are set to call up infielders Argenis Diaz and Jeff Clement from AAA.  This is very interesting, as it indicates a potentially big trade in the works.  Langosch mentions that the move could be related to the Chris Snyder trade, as the Pirates will be acquiring Snyder once MLB approves how much money Arizona is sending to Pittsburgh in the deal. Snyder will take one roster spot,...

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Why is Ryan Church Stealing Time From Lastings Milledge?

Over the past seven games, Ryan Church has made the start in right field for the Pittsburgh Pirates five times.    Church is currently hitting for a .186/.240/.321 line in 156 at-bats this season, while Lastings Milledge is hitting for a .271/.341/.377 line in 247 at-bats.  Neither player is running away with the starting job, but Milledge clearly is doing better, which raises the question as to why Church is stealing...

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