Pittsburgh Pirates One Game Wonders

In the history of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise, since they first set foot on the field of Bank Street Grounds in Cincinnati to play their first game as a member of the American Association on May 2,1882 until they played their last game this past September 28,2011, they have used 1814 different players. Of those players 96 of them took the field once for the team and then never appeared in a game for Pittsburgh again. Some you may...

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This Date in Pirates History: December 22

Born on this date in 1938 was all-star outfielder Matty Alou, who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1966 to 1970. The Pirates acquired Alou from the San Francisco Giants on December 1, 1965 for Ozzie Virgil and Joe Gibbon in a trade that was covered here. Matty had been in the majors with the Giants since 1960 but he never received more than 351 plate appearances in a season and he was just a .260 hitter over 453 games. When he...

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Jackson, Moss Declare FA, Jakubauskas Released

Earlier today the list of minor league free agents came out, with 19 players from the Pirates’ organization electing minor league free agency.  Baseball America also has their transactions report from the last week, with a few more updates. Two moves that have been speculated are official: Steven Jackson and Brandon Moss have declared free agency.  Both players were outrighted off the roster last week, and since it was the...

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The Price of a Line Drive Off the Head

The Pittsburgh Pirates called up Chris Jakubauskas on April 23rd this year to make a spot start in the rotation, due to struggles from guys like Daniel McCutchen and Kevin Hart.  Jakubauskas was likely only going to be up for one outing, before going back down to AAA.  It turned out that he didn’t even last an inning. Jakubauskas was hit in the head on a line drive back to the mound on a 1-0 pitch to Lance Berkman.  The impact...

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Kratz to join the Pirates

As expected, the Pirates will promote Triple-A catcher Erik Kratz in time for Friday’s game against the Astros. Chris Jakubauskas will likely be moved to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Kratz on the 40-man roster.

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