The Pirates Can’t Trade Jose Tabata

I’ve always believed that the best approach for small market teams is to build a farm system that constantly provides replacements for the players in the majors.  When a star player is ready to leave, the system will ideally have a guy ready to take over and provide the same production.  The system will also allow the team to trade guys away as they get in to their expensive years, while replacing them with an internal option...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: Corner Outfield

For most of the 2011 season, there wasn’t a specific starter at either corner outfield position for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Jose Tabata began the season as the everyday starter in left field, but finished the year as the everyday starter in right field.  That happened when Alex Presley came up and took over the everyday duties in left field.  Presley didn’t arrive until late June, and missed most of August with an injury....

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Caribbean Leagues Getting Started

The Caribbean League seasons are getting underway, and there are many Pirates and former Pirates on the rosters. The Mexican Pacific League opened their season on Tuesday night.  OF Rogelios Noris, who spent the 2011 American season with the West Virginia Power, is again playing for his hometown Venados de Mazatlan.  Los Venados opened their season with a 5-1 loss to Los Tomateros de Culiacan.  Noris went 1-for-3 with a single in the...

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Game 141 Recap: McDonald is Stellar like Monica Gellar

Maybe the Astros clubhouse was filled with the sounds of Milli Vanilli’s ‘Blame it on the Rain’ after this one ended. If the scoreboard operators in Pittsburgh are anything like most scoreboard operators, they were playing rain themed songs (‘Who’ll Stop the Rain’ by CCR, ‘Laughter in the Rain’ by Neil Sedaka, ‘Rain’ by the Beatles, ‘Rainin’ Men’ by the...

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Game 138 Recap: Burres Stifles Cubs

Brian Burres’ outing was an unexpected and welcomed surprise. Summoned from the minors and pushed into the rotation for Jeff Karstens, Burres allowed just a solo homer to Carlos Pena and the bullpen was perfect as the Pirates took the opener in Wrigley. Josh Harrison and Alex Presley bolstered the offense with some base path wizardry, helping the Pirates eek out three runs against Ryan Dempster. Pena’s homer kick started...

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