Top 10 Reactions to the incident with Tabata's wife

By now you’ve probably read about the incident with Jose Tabata’s wife stealing a two month old child. You probably also read that the 20 year old prospect’s wife is 43 years old, which might be even more shocking. This isn’t really a laughing matter, but that’s never stopped me from joking about a subject before. So here were my top 10 reactions to the incident with Tabata’s wife: 10....

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Gorzelanny and Tabata cut

The Pirates have cut Tom Gorzelanny and Jose Tabata from the major league portion of camp, sending both to the minors. This leaves 43 players in camp, including three pitchers fighting for the final two rotation spots. Tabata is not a surprise. He has 383 at bats at AA, and none at AAA in his career. All of those AA at-bats came last year. He struggled in 294 at bats with the Yankees, posting a .248/.319/.310 line with a 98 AB/HR...

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Did Craig Monroe win a starting job yesterday?

I know it’s only Spring Training and the games and stats normally don’t mean anything, but Craig Monroe’s three homers against the Twins yesterday might have an impact on the 2009 Pirates’ season. That is, in the sense that it pretty much locked Monroe in for a spot on the major league roster. Before you dismiss his homers as meaningless, consider that two of the three homers came against Scott Baker, who is...

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Spring Training Battles: Outfield

The July trades of Jason Bay and Xavier Nady brought eight players in to the fold for the Pirates, including top prospects Jose Tabata and Bryan Morris, but in exchange, left the corner outfield spots open for competition this spring. Going in to the 2009 season, the Pirates have Brandon Moss, Nyjer Morgan, and Steven Pearce competing for the two corner outfield spots, with top prospects Andrew McCutchen and Jose Tabata the eventual...

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Baseball America Top 100 Prospects

Baseball America released their Top 100 Prospects today for the 2009 season. The list is determined by votes of six people at Baseball America. The Pirates prospects, and their Estimated Time Arrival to the majors (according to BA) are as follows: 12. Pedro Alvarez Estimated Time Arrival: 2009 33. Andrew McCutchen Estimated Time Arrival: 2009 75. Jose Tabata Estimated Time Arrival: 2010 The usual suspects. I guess the only thing that...

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