Monthly Archives: December 2008

Uviedo Has Another Strong Performance

The Caribbean Leagues didn't have a lot of games last night, and not many of the Pirates players and friends got onto the fields.

Venezuelan League:
Tigres de Aragua 9, Cardinales de Lara 7
DH Raul Chavez had a single in 4 at-bats for Aragua.

Frank Kremblas Named Indianapolis’ Manager

The Pirates have announced that Frank Kremblas�has been hired to manage the AAA Indianapolis Indians. �Kremblas played for the Indians from 1993-96, when the team was part of the Cincinnati Reds' organization. �He began managing in 1998, and has spent the last four seasons managing the AAA Nashville Sounds in the Brewers' organizaton, and three seasons before that as manager of the Brewers' AA Huntsville Stars. �Players in the Brewers' system generally speak highly of Kremblas, and he was the Pacific Coast League's Manager of the Year in 2007. �

Other managers were also named:
AA Altoona: Matt Walbeck, most recently the Texas Rangers' third base coach.
A Lynchburg: PJ Forbes, most recently the manager of the Phillies' AA Reading team.
A West Virginia: �Gary Green, who was managing at Hickory prior to the switch in affiliations.
A-SS State College: Gary Robinson, former head coach at UNC Charlotte, and former GCL Expos coach, and most recently a AAA umpire supervisor.
Rookie GCL: Tom Prince returns for his third season with Bradenton.


Duffy Signs With Brewers

Former Pirate OF

Three Hits for Chavez; a Win For King

Checking in on some of our Pirates, farmhands, and friends in Wednesday's winter ball games....


Puerto Rican League:
Leones de Ponce 3, Cangrejeros de Santurce 2 (11 innings)
Ponce's

Doumit, McLouth and the broadcasting booth

Dejan reports that the Pirates are nearing a long-term deal with Ryan Doumit, while talks with Nate McLouth have slowed to the point that...

If the Pirates kept Bay and built through free agency

In Dejan's Q&A today, someone questioned why the Pirates do not take advantage of the current market, in which prospects are arguably overvalued while...

A Little Winter Hitting; An End to Hawaiian Baseball?

Checking in on Pirates' farmhands and friends in

Winter League Weekend Wrap

Catching up with the winter league play over the weekend...


Mexican League:
SS/OF Luis Cruz did not play in Obregon's games over the weekend -- his last game with the team was on Dec 10th.

Michaels signs with Astros

We got some good news today, as the Astros have signed Jason Michaels to a one year, $750,000 deal. I was concerned that...

Is Adam LaRoche less valuable because of his dramatic splits?

The Pirates offered arbitration to seven players before last night's deadline, retaining their rights. Nate McLouth, Adam LaRoche, Ryan Doumit, Paul Maholm, Zach...
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