All’s Well with Allie in West Virginia

His story has been told several times, but it just gets more interesting with seemingly every at-bat. Stetson Allie was drafted by the Pirates in the second round in 2010 and the club handed the hard-throwing right-hander from Ohio a hefty $2.25 million signing bonus. His performances on the mound were inconsistent at State College and West Virginia and eventually a decision had to be made. Would Allie continue to try and work through...

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This Date in Pirates History: November 14

On this date in 1996 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded veteran reliever Dan Plesac, infielder Carlos Garcia and 1B/OF Orlando Merced to the Toronto Blue Jays for pitcher Jose Silva and minor leaguers Brandon Cromer and Jose Pett plus three players to be named later. On December 11th the Pirates received infielder Abe Nunez, catcher/outfielder Craig Wilson and pitcher Mike Halperin. Silva lasted five seasons in Pittsburgh going 24-28 5.44...

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This Date in Pirates History: November 2

We covered Gary Redus yesterday, today just happens to be the birthday of the man he platooned with in Pittsburgh for a time. Born on this date in 1966 was Orlando Merced, first baseman/outfielder for the Pirates from 1990-96. Merced was signed as an amateur free agent by the Pirates in 1985 and he struggled his first two seasons before missing most of the 1987 season, getting into just 8 games. In 1988-89 he moved from low-A to AAA,...

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Game 138 Recap: Burres Stifles Cubs

Brian Burres’ outing was an unexpected and welcomed surprise. Summoned from the minors and pushed into the rotation for Jeff Karstens, Burres allowed just a solo homer to Carlos Pena and the bullpen was perfect as the Pirates took the opener in Wrigley. Josh Harrison and Alex Presley bolstered the offense with some base path wizardry, helping the Pirates eek out three runs against Ryan Dempster. Pena’s homer kick started...

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In Praise of Jason Thompson

I have a weird quest to acquire every regular issue baseball card for every Pirates player from 1952 to 1993. I’m way more than half way there, but my collection essentially starts in the early 1970s. I recently acquired a 1981 Topps Jason Thompson card, which got me thinking.

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