First Pitch: Forget MVP; McCutchen, Martin, and Harrison are the MV3
Sep23

First Pitch: Forget MVP; McCutchen, Martin, and Harrison are the MV3

There has been some debate this year about who should be the MVP of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Do you go with the reigning MVP, and the leader in WAR, Andrew McCutchen? How about Russell Martin, who is right up there in WAR, and provides a ton of value with his game calling, pitch framing, and defense behind the plate? Or there’s Josh Harrison, who has been a huge surprise this year, and has filled in everywhere the Pirates needed...

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First Pitch: How Russell Martin Went From a Perceived Bad Signing to a Must-Sign Player
Sep12

First Pitch: How Russell Martin Went From a Perceived Bad Signing to a Must-Sign Player

There was a lot of talk about Russell Martin today, including an article from our own Ryan Palencer, who talked with some of the Pirates’ pitchers last week about their catcher. I thought it was an interesting article, because you always hear the general compliments about Martin from the pitchers, but this went a little deeper into how exactly Martin helps his pitchers. Of course, any article this time of year about Martin is...

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The Chemistry Russell Martin Brings to the Pirates’ Pitching Staff
Sep11

The Chemistry Russell Martin Brings to the Pirates’ Pitching Staff

You’ve probably heard all about Russell Martin’s work with his pitching staff. It seems that following every good outing, there is a quote made from one of his pitchers about how Martin impacted the game that night. In most cases, these would seem like throwaway lines made out of courtesy from the pitcher to share the success with his teammates. But the comments are made so often, and in so many different ways, that it...

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Looking at Russell Martin’s Potential Value on the Open Market
Sep09

Looking at Russell Martin’s Potential Value on the Open Market

Ken Rosenthal discussed Russell Martin’s upcoming trip to free agency in today’s column (h/t MLBTR). In the article, he mentioned a lot of things that we already know, including that the Pirates want Martin back. He also included speculation that is often said, such as how Martin’s price could soar beyond the team’s comfort level. The speculation rests more on the potential for Martin’s price to soar, as...

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First Pitch: Who is the Pirates’ MVP So Far?
Aug28

First Pitch: Who is the Pirates’ MVP So Far?

As the playoff race heats up, there will be three big topics that Pittsburgh Pirates fans will be discussing over the final month. 1. Forget this amazing playoff race! Let’s focus on whether Russell Martin will return in the off-season. 2. My doctor said I can only watch public access TV because the Pirates’ bullpen does horrible things for my blood pressure. 3. (Insert Player Here) is the MVP. That third one is what...

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