Morning Report: Remembering Roberto
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Morning Report: Remembering Roberto

Today would have been the 80th birthday of the great Roberto Clemente. Back in 2012 on the Pirates Prospects blog site, I took a different route to celebrate the birthday of this all-time great. I went back through many of the major and local newspapers from November 23,1954, which was the day after the Pittsburgh Pirates picked up Clemente in the Rule V draft. The article gives a fascinating take of the first responses to the pick,...

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This Date in Pirates History: December 31

Before I get into the birthdays for today(there are no trades to mention) I have to mention the tragic passing of a legendary Pittsburgh Pirates player on this date in 1972 when the great Roberto Clemente died in a plane crash en route to Nicaragua to deliver relief aid after the country was struck by an earthquake. He was just 38 years old. Born on this date in 1971 was pitcher Esteban Loaiza who signed with the Pirates as an amateur...

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Game 111 Recap: Karstens Bombed as Streak Reaches 8

I didn’t think when this game began that I’d be researching the last time Jeff Karstens gave up nine earned runs in a game. I also didn’t think about how many Pirates hitters bounced into three double plays in a single game. But really, I should’ve known better. Karstens performance this year has been nothing short of exceptional. But it is also nothing short of unexpected. When Karstens moved into the rotation...

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In Praise of Jason Thompson

I have a weird quest to acquire every regular issue baseball card for every Pirates player from 1952 to 1993. I’m way more than half way there, but my collection essentially starts in the early 1970s. I recently acquired a 1981 Topps Jason Thompson card, which got me thinking.

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