First Pitch: MLB Parity is a Parody
Oct31

First Pitch: MLB Parity is a Parody

For most of the previous decade, the argument surrounding Major League Baseball was that the league had parity because of all of the different World Series winners. From 2000-2008 the league had eight different winners in nine years. That gave the impression that anyone could win, and that baseball was a fair game. After the Boston Red Sox won the World Series tonight, I looked at the list of the recent World Series winners. What I...

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First Pitch: MLB Should Move the Trade Deadline Back a Month
Jul21

First Pitch: MLB Should Move the Trade Deadline Back a Month

I’m not sure how the trade deadline got to be on July 31st. I know that it has been July 31st since 1986, and before that it was June 15th. I just don’t know why the league decided to change the date, and why July 31st was picked. Here’s what I do know. Two changes have happened since the 1986 season. 1. MLB moved to a three division and wild card system, doubling the amount of teams that would make the playoffs. 2....

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Hall of Fame Push for the Deacon

The following is from Pirates Prospects contributor John Dreker, as part of his ongoing Pirates History feature. The feature focuses on the history of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and every Sunday, John will take a look at a different piece of that history. This week John looks at Deacon White, and why he should be placed in the Hall of Fame. Despite his rather rough start with Pittsburgh and the fact he spent just one season with the...

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Major League Baseball is a different world

I was watching the Monday Night Football game tonight, between the Carolina Panthers and the Dallas Cowboys. I’m a Steelers fan, but I don’t really root against any team, so outside of my love for the NFL, I was neutral in tonight’s contest (well, unless you count my fantasy football interests). After watching the second half I grew extremely frustrated with Carolina. They couldn’t tackle, they couldn’t...

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Baseball Prospectus Top 100 Prospects

Baseball Prospectus released their Top 100 Prospects for the 2009 season this week. For the Pirates, it was the usual suspects making the list in the following order: 4. Pedro Alvarez25. Andrew McCutchen91. Jose Tabata McCutchen dropped one spot from last year’s list. Other Pirates who were on the 2008 list were Steve Pearce (43) and Neil Walker (94). Walker fell off the top 100 this year, and I’m guessing Pearce...

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