The first round of The Best Pittsburgh Sports Blog Tournament begins today over at Sean’s Ramblings. Yesterday they did their selection show, announcing all 16 participants. Pirates Prospects drew a #3 seed in the Johnny Ray division, going up against Nice Pick Cowher in the first round.
Last year the site had an early exit, getting a number eight seed, and going up against a Penn State blog that was a number one seed. The short lived run in the tournament was fun, and despite losing in the first round the site finished with the second most votes in the entire round. This year I’m hoping we can advance further in the tournament, and possibly even win the whole thing.
You can vote for Pirates Prospects by going here. Voting lasts until 8:00 PM on Wednesday night. I ask that you only vote once, to keep things fair. Also, send in your votes for the other match-ups that are taking place (all of the voting takes place on the same page).
Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.