First Pitch: The Only Thing About TV Revenue That Matters
Dec18

First Pitch: The Only Thing About TV Revenue That Matters

The controversy surrounding the Pittsburgh Pirates’ local TV deal is a strange one. The Pirates are considered a small market team, or low revenue if you prefer. Their TV deal has been reported to be one of the lowest in the game, in a time where teams are signing huge TV contracts right and left. The Pirates signed their extension — running through 2020 — just before the TV market exploded. Call it bad timing, bad...

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First Pitch: How Long Will Pedro Alvarez Be a Pittsburgh Pirate?
Nov06

First Pitch: How Long Will Pedro Alvarez Be a Pittsburgh Pirate?

Today I recapped the third base position, which was mostly a recap of how Pedro Alvarez did in 2013 and how there are no internal options to eventually replace Alvarez at third base. Later in the evening, Alvarez won his first Silver Slugger award after leading all NL third basemen with 36 home runs. In the last two years, Alvarez has taken some huge strides with his game. The 2011 season was a disaster, with Alvarez posting a .561...

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First Pitch: 40-Man Roster Updates and Wandy Rodriguez Thoughts
Nov01

First Pitch: 40-Man Roster Updates and Wandy Rodriguez Thoughts

At the start of the off-season, I decided to only do First Pitch on Monday-Thursday, unless there’s big news over the weekend. There just aren’t enough off-season topics to do one every night. So far the break on the weekends has been glorious. However, I felt the need for a short update tonight due to the amount of articles on the site today (not that any of them were big enough news for follow up on First Pitch), plus a...

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Defining Large, Mid, and Small Markets

Oftentimes you’ll hear that Team X is a Large Market team or that Team Y is a Small Market Team.  But aside from knowing that the Yankees are a large market team and Pittsburgh is a small market team, how are the other teams defined?  And what exactly is a mid market team? Using readily available data, this article will categorize the 30 teams into these three tiers by three separate categories: Metro Population, Payroll, and...

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