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Pirates Notebook: Discriminating against Littlefield players

In case you missed it, Colin Dunlap of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette did an interview with Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Neil Walker. In the article, Walker questions his future with the Pirates, while suggesting that he and Brian Bixler are two examples of players who could be held back due to being acquired by Dave Littlefield. I’ve seen a lot of talk on message boards and in blogs that matches the comments made by Walker: Neal...

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Baseball Book Review: Odd Man Out

I’ve decided to do something new from time to time, referring baseball products on the blog. These will include books, DVDs, and anything else that I find interesting. While I was at the beach last week, I read a book called “Odd Man Out” by Matt McCarthy. The story is about McCarthy, a Yale graduate, selected in the 21st round by the Angels. McCarthy spent just one year in the minors, and the book is about his path...

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After the Deadline: In the beginning there was Rincon

Ricardo Rincon pitched in just 125 innings for the Pittsburgh Pirates in his career. Despite just two seasons in relief, Rincon arguably contributed more to the Pittsburgh Pirates over the last decade than any player. Rincon was traded after the 1998 season for Brian Giles. Giles played four and a half seasons with the Pirates, hitting no worse than .298 in his time here, with 35-39 homers a season. Giles was traded in 2003 for Jason...

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