The Purpose of the Dominican Academy

This weekend my brother heads back to college for his senior year, so tonight I decided to make pizza for the whole family before he heads back this weekend.  Armed with a pizza stone, some gourmet recipes, and an idea from my best friend to grill the pizzas on the pizza stone, I was ready to make some awesome pizzas. The first offering had caramelized onions, blue cheese crumbles, and a ton of arugula on top.  The second pizza was a...

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The Price of a Line Drive Off the Head

The Pittsburgh Pirates called up Chris Jakubauskas on April 23rd this year to make a spot start in the rotation, due to struggles from guys like Daniel McCutchen and Kevin Hart.  Jakubauskas was likely only going to be up for one outing, before going back down to AAA.  It turned out that he didn’t even last an inning. Jakubauskas was hit in the head on a line drive back to the mound on a 1-0 pitch to Lance Berkman.  The impact...

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Where Does Luis Heredia Rank?

After the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie from the 2010 draft class, we put together our updated top 10 prospect lists, to show where Taillon and Allie, and the other 2010 draft signings, would fit in our rankings.  Today the Pirates signed top Mexican pitching prospect Luis Heredia for $2.6 M, giving him the biggest bonus in Pirates’ international signing history, and the fifth largest bonus in MLB...

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Pirates Sign Luis Heredia

Today is the day that the bidding begins on top Mexican pitching prospect Luis Heredia.  According to Dejan Kovacevic, the Pirates are expected to reach an agreement today with Veracruz, the Mexican League team that owns Heredia’s rights. We’ve heard that the Pirates are favorites for Heredia, although that means very little until the player is actually signed.  Dejan reported a few days ago that the Pirates were strong...

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Jameson Taillon/MLB Draft Signing FAQs

I was talking to my dad yesterday about the Pirates draft, and something occurred to me: I probably have way too much of the MLB Rule Book committed to memory, specifically the rules involving player contracts.  I kind of just assume everyone knows these rules, so they go unsaid most of the time on here.  After my conversation with my dad, I thought up some more topics, and decided to cover a lot of the comments and questions that are...

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