Two Years Ago and One Year Ago Today

Looking through the site archives, I noticed two noteworthy items that happened on this date in the last two years: -Two years ago today, the Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to an extension with Nate McLouth.  At the time, McLouth was coming off a 2008 season where he hit for a .276/.356/.497 line, with 26 homers and 23 stolen bases.  He was one of three extensions signed that off-season, joining Paul Maholm and Ryan Doumit. As we know,...

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Piratefest 2011 – Backstage Blogger Q&A (2 of 2)

Click here to read part one. As the 7 p.m. General Public Q&A was starting to wind down, I made my way to side of the stage to meet up with Media Relations Coordinator Matt Nordby of the Pirates.  He was gathering the “nerd herd” of bloggers and online media to meet with Frank Coonelly, Neal Huntington, and a Pirates player backstage.  Present at the backstage event were myself, Charlie and Vlad from Bucs Dugout, Matt...

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How Can the Pirates Improve Internally?

Any time a move is made during the off-season, the same question gets brought up: how does this improve the team for the following season?  The entire off-season is full of this sort of analysis of the following year, usually consisting of a comparison between the team from the end of the previous season, and the projected roster for the beginning of the next season.  In this analysis, there is one flaw that I notice: the idea that...

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Pirates Made Offer to Bill Hall?

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe has an interesting tweet, implying that the Pittsburgh Pirates have made an offer to Bill Hall, and that Hall could be the starting second baseman if he accepts the offer.  The only way that would happen is if the Pirates moved Neil Walker from second to third base, and Pedro Alvarez from third to first base. Hall has a career -4.2 UZR/150 in his limited time at second base.  He’s been better...

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Daily Recap: De La Rosa to Colorado

The big news from today is that Jorge De La Rosa is close to a three year deal with the Colorado Rockies.  We heard earlier today that the left hander could decide sooner, rather than later, although Colorado wasn’t willing to go more than three years, which seemed to set them at a disadvantage.  However, De La Rosa was comfortable in Colorado, according to Ken Rosenthal: But De La Rosa is comfortable in Colorado and works well...

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