Aaron Pribanic is Coming Around

The start of the 2010 season wasn’t kind to Pittsburgh Pirates pitching prospect Aaron Pribanic.  After spending the entire 2009 season in low-A, split between the Seattle and Pittsburgh farm systems, Pribanic made the jump to high-A for the 2010 season.  Pribanic’s 2009 numbers in low A (2.89 ERA, 5.20 K/9, 2.24 BB/9, 0.43 HR/9, .231 BAA in 124.2 IP) brought a lot of hope for his jump to the next level. Pribanic struggled...

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Don’t Blame Paul Maholm

If Maholm is traded, what will his legacy be as a Pirate? It’s my contention that he is the best pitcher the Pirates have had in the new millennium. Admittedly, that is damning him with faint praise.

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Dodgers interested in Paul Maholm

Dejan Kovacevic is reporting that the Los Angeles Dodgers are interested in Pittsburgh Pirates left handed pitcher Paul Maholm.  The Dodgers are looking for starters, and apparently have their eye on other players, with Roy Oswalt and Ted Lilly being mentioned by DK. Maholm currently has a 4.03 ERA in 114 innings, with a 4.5 K/9 and a 3.2 BB/9.  His strikeout ratio has dropped the last few years, going from 6.1 K/9 in 2008...

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Why John Russell Shouldn't Be Fired

As you may already know, I don’t believe that a baseball manager has a significant impact on a baseball team.  I feel that the most important thing is talent, and that “good managers” are usually managers who have been blessed with good players.  Too often a manager is fired as a scapegoat.  When the whole team is playing horrible ball over an extended period, it’s easier to fire the manager and...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2010 Half-Season in Review

For two years in a row, I’ve opened the season with a list of things to watch for during the upcoming season.  Both years I’ve numbered the list according to the consecutive losing streak, and the year the Pirates were currently on.  Last year at the All-Star break, I reviewed the list mid-season, and to continue with the tradition (or I guess to make a tradition out of it), here is the mid-season update from my...

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