This Date in Pirates History: November 7

Born on this date in 1932 was Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Dick Stuart, who played for the team from 1958-62. He was signed by the Pirates as an amateur free agent in 1951 and as a 19 year old in 1952 he hit .313 with 31 homers for Billings, a class C team. He spent the next two years serving in the military. He returned to Billings when he rejoined the Pirates in 1955 and hit 32 homers his first year back but his best was yet to...

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Game 148 Recap: Loss 81 is Here

Before anything else, I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that the Pirates will need to win their final 14 games to avoid being below .500 for the 19th straight season. We all knew this day was coming. It doesn’t make it any easier, especially given that the Pirates allowed two ninth inning runs and lost a run due to a blown call by the third base ump Sam Holbrook. It didn’t start well as Jeff Karstens gave up...

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A decade ago: Spending money to make money

It is late February and spring training games are about to begin. It is a wonderful time of the year, a time for “Player X is in the best shape of his life” stories and reports on bullpen sessions and rundown drills. And, most importantly, optimism reigns supreme in both Florida and Arizona.   At least, I suppose that is probably an accurate description of most Major League Baseball towns across America. In Pittsburgh, late...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Draft History: 1996

BOLD = Pirates didn’t sign player. Kris Benson received a $2,000,000 signing bonus. Andy Prater received a $15,000 signing...

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