2010 VSL Pirates Preview

The Venezuelan Summer League Pirates were one of the best stories in the Pirates organization during the 2009 season.  The VSL Pirates finished with the best record in the league, going 48-22, but losing in the championship 2 games to 1 to the VSL Rays. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the VSL, here is a quick rundown of the league rules and set-up: -Only 7 teams in the league (Pirates, Mariners, Cardinals, Tigers,...

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Notes: Ohlendorf, Bass, International Prospects, VSL

A few afternoon notes… -The Pirates activated starting pitcher Ross Ohlendorf from the 15-day disabled list today, which was expected since Ohlendorf starts tonight against the Reds.  To make room on the active roster, the Pirates designated reliever Brian Bass for assignment.  Bass is out of options, which is why he couldn’t be sent down.  The Pirates will have ten days to waive, trade, or release Bass....

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The 2009 VSL Pirates Season Recap

Before this season I hadn’t paid much attention to the Venezuelan Summer League (VSL), mostly because following international prospects was of no interest to me. I’m not saying that international prospects are pointless. I am saying that following international prospects in the Pirates’ system has been like a stock broker reading reviews on the acting jobs of daytime television stars: in the end you’re not...

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Pirates Notebook: The future of the site

You’ve probably noticed a few additions to the site recently, mostly involving advertising. When I first started the blog I was seeing about 100-150 page views a day, and I was ecstatic when I had a streak of days over 200 page views. A lot of events over the past few months have caused traffic to jump, and a lot of the new visitors to the site have stuck around, which led to over 50,000 page views last month. I have a feeling...

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