Winter Leagues 10/14-15 — Hague Hits, Hernandez Gets Hit

Catching up with the Pirates’ players and friends in the winter leagues: MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE Algodoneros de Guasave  7,  Venados de Mazatlan  4 A 6-run 3rd inning gave Guasave a lead they would not give up on Friday, despite a 3-run 8th by Los Venados.  There were two homers in the 3rd for Guasave and two in the 8th for Mazatlan.  LF Rogelio Noris went 0-for-3 with a walk.  Former Pirate LF Yurendell de Caster singled and...

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Derrek Lee is the Best First Baseman “Available”

In looking at the numbers for the upcoming first basemen, one thing stood out to me: Derrek Lee is good. That’s kind of obvious if you watched what Lee did in his limited time with the Pittsburgh Pirates this year.  Lee only had 101 at-bats, but hit for a .337/.398/.584 line with seven homers.  But when comparing him to the rest of the free agents, Lee looks like the best option that is “available” to the Pirates. I...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: First Base

Heading in to the 2011 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates were looking for a short term answer at first base.  They ended up signing Lyle Overbay, who was coming off a 2010 season where he posted a .243/.329/.433 line in Toronto, which was actually a down year for the first baseman.  Overbay struggled big time with the Pirates, hitting for a .227/.300/.349 line in 352 at-bats before getting released on August 5th.  After he was released,...

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Nancy Zinni’s 2011 Indianapolis Indians Recap Part One

The Indianapolis Indians finished the season with a team batting average of .263.  This is remarkably consistent with their team batting averages for the past few years — .262 in 2010, 2008, and 2007, .and 260 in 2009.  While the team was third in the league in total hits (1282) and doubles (277), they were last in the league in homers with just 91.  The Indians led the International League in triples with 45, and that was 13...

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Indians End Their Season With Loss But Locke Strikes Out 6

Louisville Bats  5,  Indianapolis Indians  2 [ box ] The Indianapolis Indians wrapped up their 2011 season with a loss to the Bats at Louisville Slugger Field in Louisville, KY this afternoon.  The loss gives the Indians a final record of 76- 68, which is their best record in the past 5 seasons.  They also finished their season season against the Bats with a 12-10 record. Jeff Locke made the final start for the Tribe.  He began by...

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