Ike Davis Looks Forward to Fresh Start With the Pirates
Apr19

Ike Davis Looks Forward to Fresh Start With the Pirates

Follow @NateBarnes_ When the Pittsburgh Pirates were rumored to have an interest in former New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis during the winter months, Davis had his fingers crossed. “I did kind of want the Pirates because my brother lives in Sarasota area, I wanted to spring train there,” Davis said. “But it didn’t work out that way. Hopefully next year.” This year, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is looking forward to drawing on...

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Neal Huntington Thinks the Pirates Can Get Ike Davis on the Right Track
Apr18

Neal Huntington Thinks the Pirates Can Get Ike Davis on the Right Track

Follow @NateBarnes_ The Pittsburgh Pirates traded for Ike Davis Friday night, shortly before first pitch of their game. In return, the New York Mets receive Triple-A right-handed pitcher Zack Thornton and a player-to-be-named-later. Davis, a 27-year-old left-handed first baseman, will take Travis Ishikawa’s spot in the platoon at first base although general manager Neal Huntington is reluctant to use that term as it allows manager...

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First Pitch: Do the Pirates Now Have a Defined Window to Contend?
Apr06

First Pitch: Do the Pirates Now Have a Defined Window to Contend?

Today the Pittsburgh Pirates announced the extensions of General Manager Neal Huntington and Manager Clint Hurdle. Both were extended through the 2017 season, with options for the 2018 season. Coincidentally, that puts both guys in the same boat as Andrew McCutchen, who is also under contract through the 2017 season, with an option for 2018. If you believe in “windows” for small market teams, then that certainly would mark...

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Pirates Announce Three-Year Extensions For Huntington and Hurdle
Apr05

Pirates Announce Three-Year Extensions For Huntington and Hurdle

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced on Saturday that they have signed three-year extensions with both General Manager Neal Huntington and Manager Clint Hurdle. Both deals also come with 2018 options. Huntington previously received a contract extension in 2011. The deal ran through the 2014 season, with an option for 2015. Hurdle was extended prior to the 2013 season, buying out his 2014 season and giving him an option for 2015....

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Neal Huntington Talks About the Upcoming Outfield Shifts
Feb17

Neal Huntington Talks About the Upcoming Outfield Shifts

Over the weekend I wrote about how the Pittsburgh Pirates are planning on utilizing more outfield shifts in 2014, much in the same way that they went to the extreme with infield shifts during the 2013 season. One of the first things that comes to mind when thinking about outfield shifts are the shifts that the Pirates employed a few years ago. They would position the left fielder close to center field, cutting off the Notch. I spoke...

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