Reese McGuire Decides To Go Pro

Reese McGuire is fully committed to the Pirates. That was a decision he’d formed before the MLB Draft began on June 6th. He knew, that if his name was called before the 15th pick, he wasn’t going to attend the University of San Diego, where he’d made a prior commitment. The Pirates were widely expected to call his name with their first pick, the ninth overall selection, but Austin Meadows’ name was called. They took McGuire...

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Pirates Notebook: Who Makes In-Game Hitting Adjustments?

Let’s get right to the stat of the day for the 2013 Pirates: 93 runs scored in first five innings (0.34 per inning) 103 runs scored from the 6th-9th inning on (0.49 per inning) I don’t know whether this difference shows a team that makes good offensive adjustments as the game goes on or if it’s just random variance. Either way, the difference is a big reason for the Pirates’ 15 comeback wins (3rd in MLB behind...

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Fixing the Compensation System

Yesterday I brought up the fact that the compensation system for the Major League draft is a broken system.  The system is intended to compensate a team like the Tampa Bay Rays for losing a player like Carl Crawford, who they drafted, developed, and relied on for eight seasons, only to see Crawford sign with the Boston Red Sox. The problem is that the system doesn’t just compensate teams for these circumstances.  It also...

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The More Important Topic That Coonelly Discussed

A week ago we posted our interview with Frank Coonelly, discussing a wide variety of topics relating to the Pittsburgh Pirates.  However, it seems that only one topic received attention, and it wasn’t even one of the interesting topics. The discussion about payroll and attendance has been repeated many times.  The comments made by Coonelly weren’t new.  They’re also not anything shocking.  As I pointed out last week,...

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Baseball Book Review: Odd Man Out

I’ve decided to do something new from time to time, referring baseball products on the blog. These will include books, DVDs, and anything else that I find interesting. While I was at the beach last week, I read a book called “Odd Man Out” by Matt McCarthy. The story is about McCarthy, a Yale graduate, selected in the 21st round by the Angels. McCarthy spent just one year in the minors, and the book is about his path...

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