Jack Wilson: Top 17 defensive plays of 2009

I just stumbled upon this top ten list of Scott Rolen defensive plays at The Blue Jay Hunter. I immediately decided to make one for Jack Wilson. I spend much of my time pointing out that the former Pirates that Neal Huntington has traded were mostly overrated by Pirate fans. I think that often overshadows just how much I enjoyed watching these guys play. Probably the biggest treat of the past decade of Pirate baseball has been...

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Perry Hill wants to coach again

Chuck Finder had a quote from Perry Hill today in the PBC Blog on Hill’s future plans. Hill responded to Pittsburgh Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington’s comments about Hill not wanting to coach. Hill’s response: “I never said I didn’t want to coach,” Hill said this afternoon. “I just didn’t want to be with Pittsburgh. I definitely want to coach.” This takes me back to the post...

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2009 Season Recap: Trade Recaps

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made a lot of trades in the past two seasons. The 2009 season marked the first full year for the results of trades like the Jason Bay and Xavier Nady deals, and brought a lot of new trades throughout the season. In the last two weeks I’ve been looking back at every deal, with a look at how things turned out in 2009, and a look ahead to the future. Here are the recaps: Jason Bay Trade Xavier Nady Trade...

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Perry Hill not returning

According to Chuck Finder on the PBC Blog, Perry Hill won’t be returning to the Pittsburgh Pirates next season. The loss of Hill could be bigger than the loss of any player the Pirates have traded away the last two seasons. Hill is an excellent infield defensive coach, and his impact has been clear this off-season. Take Andy LaRoche, for example. LaRoche looked horrible on defense last year, and had a -0.1 UZR in his 502.1...

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Positional Breakdowns: Shortstop

Throughout all of the turnover in the last eight years, one thing has been constant with the Pirates: Jack Wilson has been their shortstop. Wilson has stuck around since joining the team at the start of the decade. He’s the only player in recent years who remained with the Pirates in to his free agent eligible years. He was the focus of countless trade rumors the last few seasons. Now that Wilson is gone, the Pirates are faced...

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