All posts tagged "Russell Martin"

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Opening Day Start a First for A.J. Burnett

    It can be hard to find many “firsts” for a player that is entering his 15th season in the big leagues, but when A.J. Burnett takes the mound on Monday afternoon against the Chicago Cubs he’ll be having one of those moments — his first career Opening Day start. Burnett, now in...

  • Season Previews
    Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Preview: The Infield

    With Opening Day less than a week away and Spring Training coming to a close in Florida, it seems like an appropriate time to take a look at what the Pirates will put on the field next Monday when the Cubs visit PNC Park. The idea is to do one of these...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Gerrit Cole Dominates, But Don’t Expect Him To Make the Team

    Gerrit Cole struck out six in three shutout innings today. Gerrit Cole didn't have much trouble taking on Spain. The right-hander threw three shutout innings in his second Spring Training appearance, giving up two hits, walking one, and striking out six. He was sitting 94-97 MPH, and throwing mostly fastballs. He didn't need...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: A Comeback For Jose Tabata, Or A Small Sample Size?

    Jose Tabata has three doubles and a homer so far in Spring Training. Spring Training usually means two things. One is that you'll hear a lot of stories about how a player is reviving their career. This comes in many forms. There's the "best shape of his life" talk. Sometimes it has...

  • World Baseball Classic
    WBC Notes: Welch Homers In Opener

    The World Baseball Classic began last night and Pittsburgh Pirates minor league third baseman Stefan Welch provided Australia’s only run with a seventh inning solo homer. Australia was shut down for the first six innings by free agent Chein-Ming Wang. Welch finished the day 1-for-3, as Australia dropped their opener 4-1 to...

  • Injury Updates
    Injury Updates: Jeff Karstens, Russell Martin

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  • World Baseball Classic
    WBC Final Rosters Out: De Jesus Withdraws

    According to Rob Biertempfel on Twitter, the final rosters have been released for the 2013 World Baseball Classic and the only change among Pittsburgh Pirates players is Ivan De Jesus Jr withdrawing from Team Puerto Rico. Biertempfel says that De Jesus withdrew to stay in camp to compete for a major league...

  • First Pitch
    First Pitch: Are the Free Agent Deals Really That Crazy?

    We’ve seen some crazy deals this off-season. Angel Pagan received four years and $40 M. Shane Victorino signed today for three years and $39 M. You could even argue that Russell Martin’s two years and $17 M deal seems high. I started looking at the deals that have been signed this year,...

  • Transactions
    Pirates Make the Russell Martin Signing Official

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have made the Russell Martin signing official via a team press release. The release includes the following quote from Neal Huntington. “With the signing of Russell Martin, we have acquired a quality defensive catcher who is a disciplined hitter that adds power to our lineup,” said Huntington. “He also brings...

  • First Pitch
    First Pitch: Why the Pirates Shouldn’t (Have) Sign(ed) Russell Martin

    Earlier today I wrote my “First Pitch” article, titled “Why the Pirates Shouldn’t Sign Russell Martin”. I spent some time taking a deep look at Martin, and looking at the Pirates’ situation. I had it all set up to post at midnight. Then the Pirates signed Martin to a two year, $17...

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