Pirates Notebook: Why Tony Sanchez Has to Earn 26 from 59
Aug24

Pirates Notebook: Why Tony Sanchez Has to Earn 26 from 59

SAN FRANCISCO — Baseball, as we like to say, is a game of numbers. For no one is that more true than for Scott Bonnett. The Pirates’ longtime clubhouse manager — known to almost everyone as “Bones” or “Bonesy” — is in charge of assigning the jersey numbers for every Pittsburgh player at the beginning of the year. The athletes become identified by their numbers across the game, from fans...

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Pirates Notebook: Taking San Francisco’s Championship Atmosphere Home
Aug23

Pirates Notebook: Taking San Francisco’s Championship Atmosphere Home

SAN FRANCISCO — As the Pirates went in front of the sold-out home of the defending World Champions to grab a five-run victory, the thermometer ended on a temperature closer to 50 degrees than 70. No, it’s not October. It’s just August at AT&T Park. This park in San Francisco has hosted 230 consecutive sellouts and Pittsburgh is still plugging away at surpassing PNC Park’s record of 19 total sellouts from...

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Pirates Light Up Giants’ Cain, Mijares for 11 Hits in 10-5 Win
Aug23

Pirates Light Up Giants’ Cain, Mijares for 11 Hits in 10-5 Win

SAN FRANCISCO — If America’s coldest summer is in San Francisco, the chill did not reach the Pirates’ bats. The Bucs offense heated up to scorch the Giants for a 10-5 victory on a cool Thursday night by the Bay. The warming glow burned bright early. Matt Cain gave up three straight hits to start the game down 1-0, then he served Garrett Jones and Jordy Mercer matching 92-mph fastballs in the 2nd that the hitters...

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Rationalizing the Value of RISP Issues
Aug22

Rationalizing the Value of RISP Issues

Much has been made lately of the Pirates’ issues in the area of batting with runners in scoring position. We’ve talked about it, and you’ve talked about it as if it’s really the end-all, be-all when related to anything from a “Collapsening” to if the Pirates can win the World Series. The numbers are not good, that can’t be argued. But really, in all honesty, the fact remains that those numbers...

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First Pitch: Do the Pirates Finally Have the Best 25 Men in Pittsburgh?
Aug13

First Pitch: Do the Pirates Finally Have the Best 25 Men in Pittsburgh?

There has been a lot of talk from various Pirates writers about having the “best 25″ in Pittsburgh. You could make a strong argument that the Pirates didn’t always have the best 25 players on the active roster this year. In some cases the upgrades were minor, such as upgrading the last two spots on the bench by getting rid of John McDonald and Brandon Inge. In other cases, the upgrades were more substantial. I feel...

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