Is Bryan Morris a Future Closer For the Pirates?
Apr22

Is Bryan Morris a Future Closer For the Pirates?

Follow @NateBarnes_ Bryan Morris was acquired by the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 31, 2008 as a part of the deal that sent Jason Bay to the Boston Red Sox and Manny Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Morris was a part of a prospect package the Pirates returned that included Brandon Moss, Andy LaRoche and Craig Hansen. Morris’ start in his new organization was a rocky one, as he was suspended for “unprofessional” conduct in August of...

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Ike Davis Looks Forward to Fresh Start With the Pirates
Apr19

Ike Davis Looks Forward to Fresh Start With the Pirates

Follow @NateBarnes_ When the Pittsburgh Pirates were rumored to have an interest in former New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis during the winter months, Davis had his fingers crossed. “I did kind of want the Pirates because my brother lives in Sarasota area, I wanted to spring train there,” Davis said. “But it didn’t work out that way. Hopefully next year.” This year, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is looking forward to drawing on...

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Pirates Announce Three-Year Extensions For Huntington and Hurdle
Apr05

Pirates Announce Three-Year Extensions For Huntington and Hurdle

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced on Saturday that they have signed three-year extensions with both General Manager Neal Huntington and Manager Clint Hurdle. Both deals also come with 2018 options. Huntington previously received a contract extension in 2011. The deal ran through the 2014 season, with an option for 2015. Hurdle was extended prior to the 2013 season, buying out his 2014 season and giving him an option for 2015....

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Barry Bonds and Jim Leyland Will Present Andrew McCutchen and Clint Hurdle With Awards
Mar28

Barry Bonds and Jim Leyland Will Present Andrew McCutchen and Clint Hurdle With Awards

The Pittsburgh Pirates just sent out a press release with all of Monday’s Opening Day festivities. The biggest highlight was that Barry Bonds and Jim Leyland will be on hand to present awards to Andrew McCutchen and Clint Hurdle. Bonds (1990 and 1992 NL MVP with the Pirates) will join Dick Groat (1960 NL MVP) to present McCutchen with his 2013 NL MVP award. McCutchen’s mother, Petrina McCutchen, will be signing the...

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Pirates’ Manager Clint Hurdle on Quantifying Pitch Framing
Mar04

Pirates’ Manager Clint Hurdle on Quantifying Pitch Framing

Yesterday, Baseball Prospectus released a study with a very intense look at quantifying catcher blocking and pitch framing. The study showed that Russell Martin’s framing and blocking last year was with 2.4 wins, while Chris Stewart’s work with the Yankees was worth 1.9 wins. I asked Clint Hurdle about the idea of finding value behind framing and blocking after yesterday’s game to get his input on the study. “I...

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