First Pitch: What Could Be the Solution to the RISP Problem?
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First Pitch: What Could Be the Solution to the RISP Problem?

We’ve talked a lot this week about the issue of hitting with runners in scoring position. I’ve made my thoughts known on the matter. I don’t put much stock in RISP numbers. They’re small sample sizes, and as the samples get bigger, players will see their numbers fall in line with their overall numbers. So the fact that the Pirates have so many players under-performing their overall numbers this year, and even...

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Pirates Notebook: Robbie Grossman Finally Comes To Pittsburgh

Outfielder Robbie Grossman will make his PNC Park debut Friday night in the leadoff spot, five years after the Pirates drafted him in the sixth round. He won’t take the field in black and gold, but rather in blue and orange. Almost four years after he signed with the Pirates out of high school for $1 million, Grossman was traded to Houston (with pitching prospects Colton Cain and Rudy Owens) for left-hander Wandy Rodriguez....

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Four Coaching Positions Set

According to Dejan Kovacevic, the Pittsburgh Pirates are set to name four coaches to Clint Hurdle’s coaching staff.  Those coaches are Ray Searage (pitching coach), Gregg Ritchie (hitting coach), Jeff Banister (third base coach), and Nick Leyva (bench coach). Searage and Banister are returning to the coaching staff from last season.  Searage took over as the pitching coach when the team fired Joe Kerrigan in early August....

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Clint Hurdle and the Colorado Connection

Now that the Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Clint Hurdle, expect a lot of connections to the Colorado Rockies, both with potential free agent acquisitions, and with potential additions to the coaching staff.  Troy Renck, the beat writer for the Denver Post, has some speculation today on both fronts. Renck mentioned that it would be interesting to see whether Hurdle called on Colorado pitching coach Bob Apodaca.  Apodaca has been the...

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Should Searage Be the Pitching Coach in 2011?

Lost in the news about John Russell getting fired has been the talk about pitching coach Ray Searage potentially sticking around.  The Pirates haven’t made any decisions, and have told Searage that he is free to talk with other teams.  My guess is that no decisions will be made on the coaching staff until a new manager is hired, so we probably won’t know Searage’s fate for at least a few weeks.  That said, what about...

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