2010 Position Recap: Shortstop

For the better part of the last decade, the Pittsburgh Pirates had their shortstop situation figured out each season thanks to the presence of Jack Wilson.  That changed in July 2009, when Wilson was traded to the Seattle Mariners, along with starting pitcher Ian Snell, in exchange for Jeff Clement, Ronny Cedeno, Nathan Adcock, Aaron Pribanic, and Brett Lorin.  The 2010 season marked just the second time since the year 2000 that...

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Classic Pirates memories, Win Expectancy style

While glancing at the Win Expectancy chart for last night’s Yankees-Rangers game, I realized that FanGraphs also has these charts for historical games. Although I already knew that, I had never taken the time to sift through some older games. Here is a look at some of my all-time favorite Pirates games.

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The Jack Wilson/Ian Snell Trade is a Win

Every time someone mentions all of the trades made by the Pittsburgh Pirates over the last two years, the consensus is that the Xavier Nady trade is the only one which stands out as a sure win.  After today, I think it’s safe to say that we can add the Jack Wilson/Ian Snell trade to the win column. It’s not like anything happened today that made the trade suddenly look good.  The trade has looked good for awhile...

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Rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic

Jack WilsonI am not going to spend much time talking about Ron Cook’s article in this morning’s Post-Gazette. There are plenty of misguided thoughts in the article, but I just wanted to make a single point.

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Nate McLouth Speaks the Truth

I wasn’t really planning a post on the Nate McLouth comments.  I didn’t really think much needed to be said that wasn’t said already.  His comments about the eye exams were somewhat disturbing, and his comments about being glad he was the first one traded are understandable.  Then I saw this quote from McLouth, via Chuck Finder at the PBC Blog: “It’s a good mix [in the Braves clubhouse,...

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