This Date in Pirates History: January 3

There were eight former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date but by far the most important one was first baseman Gus Suhr, who was born on this date in 1906. Suhr is considered by some as the best first baseman in team history and he manned the position in Pittsburgh for ten seasons from 1930 to 1939. Suhr was signed by the Pirates after hitting .381 with 51 homers, 62 doubles and 299 hits for San Francisco of the Pacific...

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Winter Leagues 12/30 — Walk-Off Steal? And Anderson Homers

The Mexican Pacific League and the Venezuelan League both wrap up regular season play today.  The Puerto Rican League takes the next three days off, then finishes up their season on Jan 3rd and 4th.  The Dominican League will take a couple of days off, then resume their playoffs on Monday.   Happy New Year!   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Tigres de Aragua  4,  Aguilas del Zulia  1  (Game 1) Los Aguilas out-hit los Tigres 8-7, but managed...

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Winter Leagues 12/27 — Valdez Pitches Well But Gets The Loss

Just the Venezuelan and Puerto Rican Leagues in action on Tuesday night, with a few Pirates’ players and friends getting in on the fun.   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Cardenales del Lara  4,  Tigres de Aragua  2 Former Pirate Romulo Sanchez earned the win for Los Cardenales, throwing 2.2 scoreless innings.  Sanchez entered the game immediately after Los Tigres scored their 2 runs in the 6th inning, on two singles, a sacrifice fly, and...

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Winter Leagues 12/26 — RBI And Big Run For Hernandez

Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend… Monday brought a quiet night in winter league action.  The Dominican League is done with the regular season and awaiting playoffs.  The Puerto Rican League is still on holiday break, as is the Australian League.  Rogelio Noris continues to get only sporadic playing time with Mazatlan in the Mexican Pacific League.  The Venezuelan League had an almost-full schedule, but only one game...

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Winter Leagues 12/16 — Three-Hit Nights For Catchers

Pirates’ players and friends in winter league action on Friday and early Saturday:   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Tiburones de La Guaira  8,  Caribes de Anzoategui  4 A pair of 4-run innings gave the win to Los Tiburones.  New Pirate Shairon Martis made the start for Los Tiburones, pitching 4 innings.  He gave up 2 runs in the 2nd inning, on three singles and a walk.  CF Gorkys Hernandez drove in the second run with his RBI single.  A...

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