The More Things Stay the Same, the More They Change
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The More Things Stay the Same, the More They Change

A little under a year ago, things weren’t exactly looking up for Neal Huntington and the Pirates’ front office. The team had improved significantly over the previous two years, but had just suffered its second straight late-season collapse. A lot of fans – including me – thought the team should find a new GM. More importantly, principal owner Robert Nutting had stated he was going to do a thorough review, one that was widely expected...

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One Year Ago: January Bullpen Additions

In December 2009 the Pittsburgh Pirates non-tendered Matt Capps, following a season where the closer put up a 5.80 ERA in 54.1 innings.  At the time of the move, the Pirates didn’t have much to work with in their bullpen.  Joel Hanrahan and Evan Meek were the only bullpen options that were locks to make the team, and they weren’t viewed as strong late inning relievers at this time last year.  The Pirates said they would...

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Where Are They Now: 2004 Hickory Crawdads

In 2004 the Hickory Crawdads were the low-A ball club of the Pittsburgh Pirates, right in the middle of their ten year affiliation with the team. They were two years removed from a South Atlantic League championship and coming off an 82-54 season. The team was typical of the Pirates teams of the day, a little on the old side with no teenagers and just four twenty year olds, all of them pitchers. They were managed by former major...

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Pirates Notebook: I Love the Bullpen

If there’s one thing I like about the 7-5 start to the season, it’s the bullpen.  I’m very comfortable with this bullpen when the Pirates are holding a lead, or when they’re trying to stay in the game.  That wasn’t exactly the case in years past.  There was Matt Capps bombing last year.  There have been guys like Tyler Yates and Denny Bautista blowing up in the middle innings. One of...

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A Tale of Two Bullpens

A few weeks ago we saw the debut of the BUCCO Fans.com time machine when we went back to the 2008 July 31st trade deadline to keep the 2008 team together.  Today we’re going to power up the time machine once again, only this time we’re just going to go back about two or three months in time.  The exact date is November 3rd, 2009. I’d say let’s hop in and hit the road, but where we’re going, we...

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