First Pitch: A Glimpse at the Future
Feb19

First Pitch: A Glimpse at the Future

**Earlier today I wrote about Gregory Polanco and some of the defensive adjustments he made last year while he was in Bradenton. Polanco said that adjustment helped him to become a more complete outfielder. Everyone has questions about prospects, even the safe bets like Polanco. For me, Polanco becomes less of a question mark because of his skills in the outfield, and his speed. Those are two skills that translate to every level, and...

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Francisco Liriano Named the Opening Day Starter
Feb18

Francisco Liriano Named the Opening Day Starter

Clint Hurdle announced today that Francisco Liriano has been named the 2014 Opening Day starter. “He’s another guy that models the behavior we want to instill in others,” Clint Hurdle said on Liriano. “He does it a different way than Cutch, but he does it. Every day he does it. He’s a man you can depend on, and many times I share with these players, the greatest ability you can have day in and day out is...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Preview: The Rotation
Feb12

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Preview: The Rotation

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be kicking off Spring Training tomorrow, with pitchers and catchers reporting today. To get ready for Spring Training, we will be previewing one set of positions each day this week, with the final group coming tomorrow. Here are the groups we’ve already profiled: The Infield The Outfield Today we take a look at the starting rotation. The Phillies signed A.J. Burnett this afternoon, which means that...

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Francisco Liriano Named the NL Comeback Player of the Year
Nov04

Francisco Liriano Named the NL Comeback Player of the Year

Francisco Liriano was named the National League Comeback Player of the Year tonight, beating out Jorge De La Rosa, Chase Utley, and Jayson Werth. This is not to be confused with the Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year award, which also went to Liriano a few weeks ago. The obvious difference is that this award is presented by MLB, while the other is presented by The Sporting News. This is the second time that Liriano has won a...

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First Pitch: What Should the Pirates Do This Off-Season?
Nov01

First Pitch: What Should the Pirates Do This Off-Season?

It’s time to put on the General Manager hats. Over the last few weeks I’ve been recapping the 2013 season, providing a look ahead at each position for 2014, and looking at possible free agents for certain positions. What we know is that the Pirates will have question marks at first base, right field, and starting pitcher. There are other concerns, such as the backup middle infield spot, and which catcher will take the...

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