First Pitch: 21 Reasons Why the Pirates Are Going to Have Another Good Season in 2014
Mar31

First Pitch: 21 Reasons Why the Pirates Are Going to Have Another Good Season in 2014

Every team has a weakness. Most of this off-season has been spent focusing on the big weaknesses for the Pirates — the first base spot and the fifth starter spot in the rotation. The Pirates didn’t do anything over the off-season to ease concerns about those two spots. And in the process, people continued to focus on those two positions, all while ignoring the fact that the positives on this team far out-weigh the...

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Pirates Will Once Again Have Strong Infield Defense and Offensive Questions
Mar29

Pirates Will Once Again Have Strong Infield Defense and Offensive Questions

The 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates season begins on Monday when the Pirates take on the Cubs. To prepare for the start of the year, I’ll be previewing all of the position groups on the Opening Day roster. Here are the previews we have so far. The Pirates Rotation Has Some Red Flags, But Still Projects to Carry the Team The Pirates Won’t Have to Wait For Gregory Polanco to Have a Top Outfield Pirates Will Once Again Have Strong Infield...

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Barry Bonds and Jim Leyland Will Present Andrew McCutchen and Clint Hurdle With Awards
Mar28

Barry Bonds and Jim Leyland Will Present Andrew McCutchen and Clint Hurdle With Awards

The Pittsburgh Pirates just sent out a press release with all of Monday’s Opening Day festivities. The biggest highlight was that Barry Bonds and Jim Leyland will be on hand to present awards to Andrew McCutchen and Clint Hurdle. Bonds (1990 and 1992 NL MVP with the Pirates) will join Dick Groat (1960 NL MVP) to present McCutchen with his 2013 NL MVP award. McCutchen’s mother, Petrina McCutchen, will be signing the...

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First Pitch: Why Gregory Polanco Should Be the Next Extension Candidate
Mar27

First Pitch: Why Gregory Polanco Should Be the Next Extension Candidate

Back at the beginning of February, I wrote an article looking at extension candidates for the Pittsburgh Pirates, noting that this was where the team needed to spend their money. Everyone focused on the 2014 payroll this off-season, but two of the best moves that could have been made were the extensions of Charlie Morton, and today’s extension of Starling Marte. Neither of these moves has an impact on the 2014 season, since...

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First Pitch: Do the Pirates Have Their Third Baseman of the Future?
Mar19

First Pitch: Do the Pirates Have Their Third Baseman of the Future?

One of the big themes I’ve talked about with the Pittsburgh Pirates and their farm system has been the total lack of a third base prospect. Pedro Alvarez is a Scott Boras client, which means you can forget about a future extension, and pretty much wait for him to hit free agency following the 2016 season. And since the Pirates don’t have an internal option, that’s going to raise a question about who could be the...

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