First Pitch: This is Where the Pirates Need to Spend Money
Feb05

First Pitch: This is Where the Pirates Need to Spend Money

A few years ago, we asked Pittsburgh Pirates president Frank Coonelly if the team could eventually afford a $70-80 M payroll. He answered that the team could afford that payroll after attendance increased. That led to a series of expectations. 1. The Pirates would eventually become competitive. 2. The attendance would increase due to the Pirates winning. 3. The payroll would go up. Number three on that list has always been the focus...

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Winter Leagues: Polanco’s Hustle Not Enough in Escogido Loss
Jan21

Winter Leagues: Polanco’s Hustle Not Enough in Escogido Loss

From the Dominican League finals on Monday night, Gregory Polanco went 1-for-4 in his team’s 2-1 loss. It was the opening game of the best-of-nine series. Polanco’s only hit was a single and he didn’t hit it hard, but it impressed Baseball America’s Ben Badler, who was in attendance. Badler tweeted shortly after the play that Polanco showed off his impressive speed by beating out a routine grounder to second...

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Winter Leagues: Starling Marte Done With Winter Ball
Jan20

Winter Leagues: Starling Marte Done With Winter Ball

It was announced yesterday by a few sources that Starling Marte is done with Winter ball this season. His Escogido team, along with teammate Gregory Polanco, will begin the Dominican League finals tonight against Licey. The winner of this best-of-nine series will go on to the Caribbean League World Series against the best Winter League teams from Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Mexico. Marte had a rough Winter season. It started late as he...

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Winter Leagues: Ramirez Homers in Colombian League Finals
Jan19

Winter Leagues: Ramirez Homers in Colombian League Finals

The Dominican League finals start tomorrow night, with Escogido taking on Licey. They were originally scheduled to start tonight, but Licey finished tied with the Gigantes in the round robin tournament and they needed to play a one game playoff for the second spot in the finals last night. The loss by the Gigantes eliminated two Pirates players from the tournament, catcher Carlos Paulino and pitcher Elvin Ramirez. That leaves Gregory...

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Winter Leagues:  Kennelly and Hutchings Square Off In Australia
Jan16

Winter Leagues: Kennelly and Hutchings Square Off In Australia

Neither Gregory Polanco nor Starling Marte played last night, and Marte may not return to play Winter ball this year, but their Escogido team clinched home field advantage for the finals. With two games left in the round robin tournament, any of the other three teams could pull out the second spot. Polanco played Tuesday night and went 0-for-5, though he scored once and drove in a run. He had not played since December 30th. From...

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