Pirates Notebook: Penguins show what is wrong with the Pirates

In the aftermath of the Pittsburgh Penguins winning their first Stanley Cup since 1992 (which was the last time the Pittsburgh Pirates had a winning season) I’ve noticed a lot of people wondering why the Pirates can’t compete in a city where the other two professional sports teams are currently champions. A few of the common complaints I’ve noticed: -The Penguins actually pursue free agents (Fedotenko, Satan)-Rather...

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Pirates Notebook: Long wait until August 17th

The Pirates locked up their first round pick today, signing Tony Sanchez to what is being reported as a $2.475 M bonus by the PPG (which is the same amount that Daniel Moskos received two years ago). I updated the 2009 Draft Pick Signing Tracker (well, created it, actually) and put a few thoughts down earlier today on the signing. We’re so used to seeing prospects creep through our minor league systems. Either they’re...

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Pirates Notebook: Wrapping up the draft

Day three of the draft isn’t as exciting as the first two days. The top prospects are long gone, and there are a few guys who fell, or a few hidden gems, but for the most part it’s hard to get a quality player from this round. Not impossible though, it just takes a lot of investing. For example, take the 39th round pick, Keifer Nuncio, a high school right handed pitcher. Nuncio is 6’0″, 195 pounds, with a...

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Pirates Notebook: Make or Break for Huntington

I’ll give Neal Huntington and the Pirates’ front office credit: they don’t care at all what the fans of Pittsburgh think. They’re going to do what they think is right, regardless of the public backlash that will come from the moves they make. I think that’s a good thing. You can’t make your decisions based on the demands of the fan base. The fans are exactly that: fans. They don’t know...

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Pirates Notebook: Perfect timing for the McLouth trade

I’m finding myself liking the McLouth trade more and more since the deal has been made. My biggest complaint on the deal was that the package we received in return wasn’t enough. Nate’s value should have been high, as he has a gold glove, and hit .276 with 26 homers from the center field position last year, which looks great. Only Carlos Beltran and Josh Hamilton hit for a higher average and more homers from the...

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