Monthly Archives: December 2008

Minor League Contracts and Winter Ball Playoffs

Signing news:

These players have been signed to minor league contracts, but have NOT been invited to the Pirates' major league spring training camp.
RHP Sean Smith -- started for AAA Colorado Springs (Rockies) and AAA Buffalo (Cleveland) in 2008.

More Minor League Contracts: Jones, Phillips

Let's take a look at two more players the Pirates' recently signed to minor league contracts.

1B Garrett Jones is a 27-year old Illinois native, who was originally drafted by the Braves in the 14th round of the 1999 draft.

Catchers Hitting in Winter Leagues; Hernandez’s 8th Save

More action than usual for a Monday in winter league play:

Dominican League

Catchers Hitting in Winter Leagues; Hernandez’s 8th Save

More action than usual for a Monday in winter league play:

Dominican League �(playoffs)
Tigres del Licey 5, Aguilas Cibaenas 2
All the excitement happened in the 2nd inning, and former Pirate C�Ronny Paulino was the hero for Licey. �Another former Pirate, Jose Bautista, led off with a walk, and two singles loaded the bases. �After a strikeout and a foul pop out, another single scored Bautista, again leaving the bases loaded. �Then Paulino cleared the bases with a 3-RBI double, giving Licey the lead. �

Mexican Pacific League
Yaquis de Obregon 6, Naranjeros de Hermosillo 2
SS Luis Cruz�doubled to lead off the 7th inning for Obregon, then moved to third base on a sacrifice bunt and scored on an RBI single, giving Obregon the tying run. �Another run, on a fielding error and a single, gave Obregon the lead. �In the 8th, Cruz hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded, bringing in another run. �Obregon scored two more insurance runs on a walk, a hit batter, and two wild pitches. �

Venezuelan League
Cardinales de Lara 4, Tigres de Aragua 1
C Raul Chavez singled in the 4th and the 6th innings for Aragua. �In the 4th, he was left stranded at the end of the inning; in the 6th, he was forced out at second on a subsequent play. �He also threw out the only Lara runner who tried to steal second base. �

Aguilas de Zulia 4, Bravos de Margarita 2
RF Jonel Pacheco hit a solo homer in the 6th inning for Margarita, which tied the game at that point. �Zulia came back to score two runs in the bottom of the 6th. �Margarita players committed 4 errors in the game, including one by Pacheco. �Chris Hernandez earned his 8th save with a perfect 9th inning, including a strikeout. �

Some Holiday Winter Ball

Hope everyone has been having a wonderful holiday season!
Time to check in on the Pirates and their farmhands and friends in the end of winter ball play:

Mexican League:
Luis Cruz hadn't appeared in a game for Obregon in 10 days, and I'd thought he'd finished his winter ball stint.

More Festive Notes

A few more notes for the holiday -- just be glad you don't have to listen to me sing.


(to the tune of "Joy to the World")


Joy be in Pittsburgh!

The Bucs' prospects come!

Let fans prepare to cheer

For Alvarez and Cruz,

Tabata and McCutchen,

And Meek and Walker too,

And Diaz and Negrych,

And Veal and Robles,

Mateo and Sues!

Not a Fan of Doumit's Contract

The Post-Gazette poll shows an overwhelming support of the signing of Ryan Doumit to a long term contract. I am certainly a fan of...

A Few Notes on Christmas Eve

OK, everyone sing along:


(to the tune of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen")


God Rest Ye Merry Pirates' fans,

Let nothing you dismay!

Jose, Pedro, and Robinzon

Will soon be on the way

To save us all from losing streaks,

And maybe forget Bay. 

O, Tidings of Nyjer and Andrew,

Juan, and Jimmy,

O, Tidings of Comfort and Joy


Pirates Add Indiana Native and More

The Pirates were busy with minor league contract signings this week.

Maldonado Sparks Caracas’ Comeback

Winter League Notes:
The Dominican League regular season is over, and teams are resting up for the playoffs, which begin on Friday.

Site Updates

Site Updates: Showing Appreciation For Teachers This Week

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