Spring Training Notes: The Pirates Have a Program Similar to Field F/X
Feb18

Spring Training Notes: The Pirates Have a Program Similar to Field F/X

In the last week I’ve written twice about how the Pittsburgh Pirates plan on utilizing outfield defensive shifts more often in 2014. Clint Hurdle initially talked about it last week, and I spoke with Neal Huntington about the topic, with Huntington noting that this would be different than their approach from a few years ago with outfield shifts. It appears that one big difference will come via new technology. Yesterday Hurdle...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Preview: The Bullpen
Feb13

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Preview: The Bullpen

The Pittsburgh Pirates have their first Spring Training workouts today. To get ready for Spring Training, we have been previewing one set of positions each day this week, and today we take a look at the final group. Here are the groups we’ve already profiled: The Infield The Outfield The Rotation Today we take a look at the bullpen. Generally the bullpen is one of few areas where spots are up in the air for non-roster invitees and...

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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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The Pirates Should Become the Relief Pitching Factory
Oct24

The Pirates Should Become the Relief Pitching Factory

One of the impressive things about the Pittsburgh Pirates has been their ability to trade quality relievers for other pieces of their team, and yet still manage to put together a strong bullpen. I pointed out how strong their bullpen was today in the 2013 bullpen recap, and that was after trading Joel Hanrahan, Brad Lincoln, and Chris Resop in the last year. Looking at the 2013 roster, several players were acquired in exchange for...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: The Bullpen
Oct24

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: The Bullpen

If there was any doubt that Neal Huntington can build a bullpen, then the 2013 season should have erased that doubt. Last off-season, Huntington traded Joel Hanrahan in his final year of team control. In return, the Pirates got Mark Melancon, Jerry Sands, Stolmy Pimentel, and Ivan De Jesus. Hanrahan made $7 M and went down early with a season ending injury. He will be a free agent this off-season. Melancon put up a 1.39 ERA in 71...

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