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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The Pirates Rotation Has Some Red Flags, But Still Projects to Carry the Team
Mar28

The Pirates Rotation Has Some Red Flags, But Still Projects to Carry the Team

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 – READING The Pirates Won’t Have to Wait For Gregory Polanco to Have a Top Outfield Pirates Will Once...

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Neal Huntington on Liriano, Morel, Irwin, Locke, Volquez, Bullpen
Mar21

Neal Huntington on Liriano, Morel, Irwin, Locke, Volquez, Bullpen

Neal Huntington met with the media today, following the latest round of cuts from Major League camp. Here are the notes: **Francisco Liriano is day-to-day, and continues to have a little tightness in his groin. **Brent Morel will go to Indianapolis, where he will primarily play third base. He will also get some time at first base, and will get pre-game work at second base. Huntington said that he might get in-game playing time there...

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Pirates Make Eight Roster Cuts, Including Irwin, McGuiness and Morel
Mar21

Pirates Make Eight Roster Cuts, Including Irwin, McGuiness and Morel

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made eight roster cuts this morning, with Opening Day just ten days away. Starter Phil Irwin, first baseman Chris McGuiness and third baseman Brent Morel were optioned to Indianapolis. They have also reassigned infielder Chase d’Arnaud and relief pitchers Cody Eppley, Jake Brigham, Josh Kinney and Yao-Hsun Yang. Neal Huntington talked about some of the moves with the media after the moves were...

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The Art of Pitching: Mastering the Sinkerball
Mar11

The Art of Pitching: Mastering the Sinkerball

During the first week of Spring Training, I was watching the Major League pitchers doing their daily throwing programs, commonly referred to as long toss. For me, this time period involves snapping pictures for Instagram, waiting for players to start throwing bullpens, and taking notes on what I see the players throwing or working on during their flat ground sessions. On this particular afternoon I noticed Charlie Morton and Brandon...

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