This Date in Pirates History: November 30

On this date in 1950 the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Pete Reiser, a three-time all-star outfielder for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1941-42,1946. In each of those seasons he finished in the top 10 in NL MVP voting as well. He was 31 at the time of the signing and had spent the past two seasons with the Boston Braves in a part-time role. Reiser had twice led the NL in stolen bases and three times hit over .300 but he hit just .205 in 1949....

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This Date in Pirates History: November 14

On this date in 1996 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded veteran reliever Dan Plesac, infielder Carlos Garcia and 1B/OF Orlando Merced to the Toronto Blue Jays for pitcher Jose Silva and minor leaguers Brandon Cromer and Jose Pett plus three players to be named later. On December 11th the Pirates received infielder Abe Nunez, catcher/outfielder Craig Wilson and pitcher Mike Halperin. Silva lasted five seasons in Pittsburgh going 24-28 5.44...

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A decade ago: Spending money to make money

It is late February and spring training games are about to begin. It is a wonderful time of the year, a time for “Player X is in the best shape of his life” stories and reports on bullpen sessions and rundown drills. And, most importantly, optimism reigns supreme in both Florida and Arizona.   At least, I suppose that is probably an accurate description of most Major League Baseball towns across America. In Pittsburgh, late...

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