Pirates Notebook: Is the draft a success?

Let’s rewind the clock back to the morning of June 9th, about seven hours before the draft. Rumors were slowly creeping out that the Pirates would draft Tony Sanchez with the number four pick, ranked as the 32nd best prospect in the draft according to Baseball America. Later in the day Keith Law would break the news that the Pirates had reached a pre-draft deal with Sanchez, which sent most Pirates fans in to a frenzy. My...

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Pirates Notebook: The future of the site

You’ve probably noticed a few additions to the site recently, mostly involving advertising. When I first started the blog I was seeing about 100-150 page views a day, and I was ecstatic when I had a streak of days over 200 page views. A lot of events over the past few months have caused traffic to jump, and a lot of the new visitors to the site have stuck around, which led to over 50,000 page views last month. I have a feeling...

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Pirates Notebook: LaRoche got a bad rap

Adam LaRoche never had a chance. No, I’m not talking about the odds of him being traded this season. I’m talking about the unreasonable expectations laid upon him by most Pittsburgh Pirates fans. I always feel like this comparison elaborates on how LaRoche received unfair treatment: Player A: .270/.341/.500 with 25 HR in 492 AB the 2008 season Player B: .276/.356/.497 with 26 HR in 597 AB during the 2008 season Player A is...

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Pirates Notebook: Famous Dave

What does it say about the “Dave Kerwin” situation that my blog has received a record amount of hits today, all thanks to the Dave Kerwin Gear? That’s in part to a link from Anthony Witrado on the Brewers Blog at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. But let’s consider this: from the time I started this blog in late January, to the time of the draft, my blog has been heavily focused on prospects and the 2009 draft....

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Pirates Notebook: Draft Signings Will Take Patience

As many of you are aware, I’ve been keeping track of the draft every step of the way this year, including my Draft Pick Signing Tracker. You are also probably aware that the Pirates have been kind of quiet on the signing front. Recently I added a spreadsheet to the tracker which not only lists the bonus information for every team in the top ten rounds, but also lists the signing status of each team in the draft. The Pirates...

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