This Date in Pirates History: November 15

Born on this date in 1928 was Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Gus Bell, who played for them from 1950-52. Gus was signed as an amateur free agent in 1947 and by age 20 he already had two .300 seasons in the minors. He started the 1950 season in AAA playing for Indianapolis and played so well the first 38 games, hitting an even .400 (66 for 165), that the Pirates called him up on May 30th for a doubleheader. He went 2-5 in each game...

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Pirates Release Craig Hansen

The Pittsburgh Pirates have granted a release to relief pitcher Craig Hansen, Pirates Prospects has learned, after Hansen requested his release.  The Pirates originally acquired him as part of the Jason Bay trade, along with Andy LaRoche, Brandon Moss, and Bryan Morris.  LaRoche, Moss, and Hansen have all been released this off-season. Hansen started off the 2009 season with the Pirates, but only made five appearances, with a 5.68 ERA...

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2011 Altoona Curve Preview: Bullpen

Today we wrap up the 2011 Altoona Curve preview with a look at the bullpen.  So far we’ve covered the infielders, outfielders, and the starting pitchers.  As I mentioned in last week’s preview of the Indianapolis bullpen, a minor league bullpen isn’t overly important.  That’s especially true the lower you go in the minors.  Most bullpen guys in the lower levels aren’t likely to reach the majors, and if...

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2011 Indianapolis Indians Preview: Bullpen

Today we wrap up the 2011 Indianapolis Indians preview with a look at the bullpen.  So far we’ve covered the infielders, outfielders, and the starting pitchers.  A few of the players from the starting pitching preview will eventually factor in to the bullpen as well.  Overall, the bullpen isn’t that important.  Even when players have success, it doesn’t guarantee success in the majors.  Last year the Pirates had...

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Candidates To Be Added To The 40-Man Roster

The Pirates not only will face a lot of difficult decisions in removing players from the 40-man roster, but also in adding them.  Two factors contributing to the crunch are the numerous trades in which the team acquired prospects and surprising seasons from several players who’ve been around a while.  What follows is a list of the more significant players in the system who will be eligible for the Rule 5 draft, as well as a few...

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