First Pitch: Evaluating the Pirates Offensive Emphasis
May01

First Pitch: Evaluating the Pirates Offensive Emphasis

Follow @NateBarnes_ As discussed yesterday, the 2014 Pirates are emphasizing on-base percentage in hopes of improving an offense that ranked ninth in the National League by scoring 3.91 runs per game during the 2013 season. The key elements to this approach are being “intelligently aggressive” at the plate, striking out less and working counts to see good pitches to hit as opposed to flailing away at what a pitcher wants to throw in a...

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Pirates Look to Improve Offense by Emphasizing On-Base Percentage
Apr30

Pirates Look to Improve Offense by Emphasizing On-Base Percentage

Follow @NateBarnes_ Andrew McCutchen stepped to the plate against pitcher Alfredo Simon in the third inning of the Pirates’ April 23 game against the Cincinnati Reds with his team locked in a 1-1 tie. In his first at-bat, McCutchen lined out to center field after three pitches. The MVP’s second plate appearance of the night lasted ten pitches and culminated in a line drive home run into the left field bleachers that traveled over 400...

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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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