First Pitch: The Best Thing That Happened to the Pirates Last Off-Season
Jun17

First Pitch: The Best Thing That Happened to the Pirates Last Off-Season

The big focus this past off-season was on A.J. Burnett. The right-hander played a big role in the Pittsburgh rotation the previous two years, then after having his status up in the air for several months, he signed with the Philadelphia Phillies. There was another person who the Phillies tried to sign away from the Pirates (not Marlon Byrd, who they did sign away), and that person’s importance to the Pirates was much bigger than...

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Is Bryan Morris a Future Closer For the Pirates?
Apr22

Is Bryan Morris a Future Closer For the Pirates?

Follow @NateBarnes_ Bryan Morris was acquired by the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 31, 2008 as a part of the deal that sent Jason Bay to the Boston Red Sox and Manny Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Morris was a part of a prospect package the Pirates returned that included Brandon Moss, Andy LaRoche and Craig Hansen. Morris’ start in his new organization was a rocky one, as he was suspended for “unprofessional” conduct in August of...

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Jim Benedict Turns Down the Phillies
Nov06

Jim Benedict Turns Down the Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies have been seeking a new pitching coach, and in their search they were granted permission to talk with Jim Benedict, who is a Special Assistant to General Manager Neal Huntington. Last week there was word that Benedict impressed the Phillies in his interview, while a group of other candidates were either ruled out or removed their names from consideration. Yesterday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reported that...

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Jim Benedict Reportedly Impressed the Phillies in His Interview
Nov03

Jim Benedict Reportedly Impressed the Phillies in His Interview

Two weeks ago we heard that the Philadelphia Phillies would be interviewing Jim Benedict, who is currently a special advisor to Neal Huntington, and has played a key role working with pitchers like Charlie Morton and Gerrit Cole. Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly hears that Benedict impressed team officials in his interview (h/t RumBunter). Salisbury listed several other candidates who have received interviews, but none of them came with...

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Pirates Grant Phillies Permission to Interview Jim Benedict
Oct22

Pirates Grant Phillies Permission to Interview Jim Benedict

  According to Jayson Stark, the Pittsburgh Pirates have given the Philadelphia Phillies permission to interview Jim Benedict for their open pitching coach position. Benedict is currently a special advisor to general manager Neal Huntington. Prior to his current role, he was the Minor League Pitching Coordinator. He still works with pitchers, but most of his work these days is with major leaguers. One of the biggest feathers in...

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