Tomorrow I’ll be doing something this site hasn’t seen since 2012: I’ll be going on vacation. I’ll be unplugging completely, and won’t know what is going on surrounding the Pittsburgh Pirates for over a week. I’ll be off until Sunday the 11th, at which point I hope to be recharged for the upcoming Spring Training and the upcoming season.

From a site perspective, it will hardly seem like I’m gone. I’ve got nine articles scheduled for next week, including a few First Pitch articles. Most of the off-season talk revolves around the MLB team and off-season moves, but these will largely be based on minor league talk. They will be specifically linked to the top 20 countdown, which will begin on Monday, with one prospect write-up released per day. As for any news that comes up next week, John Dreker will be covering that while I’m gone.

If you order a Prospect Guide in the next week, that’s when you’ll notice that I’m gone. Anyone who orders a book by tomorrow morning at 8 AM will have their book sent out before I leave (the post office isn’t open tomorrow, but I’ll still be dropping them off to go out on Friday). After that, the next shipping date will be Monday the 12th. So if you’re looking to get your copy of the Prospect Guide soon (which features our full top 50 prospect list and profiles on every minor league player), then order by tomorrow at 8 AM. Or order the eBook, which is available to download instantly. You can buy your copy of the Prospect Guide here.

This message is mostly to alert anyone who orders the Prospect Guide during that time that shipping will be delayed. But it’s also an alert for anyone who sends me questions, either via e-mail, comments, or Twitter.

With that said, I hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Year, and I look forward to returning to the inevitable madness that will surround the Pirates’ off-season, starting the day I leave the country and put John in charge of covering the site news. Sorry, John.

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  1. With Clint Barmes gone (he of the Journey “Don’t Stop Believing” walk on music), I suggest the following for the Pirates them song for next year:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4pg6Jh94Lo

    Just a little time is all we are asking for
    Just a little more time could open closed doors
    Just a little uncertainty can bring you down

    Chorus:

    And nobody wants to know you now
    And nobody wants to show you how
    So if your lost and all alone
    You can never surrender
    And if your path won’t lead you home
    You can never surrender
    And when the night is cold and dark, you can’t see, you can’t light
    No one can take away your right to fight and to never surrender

    With a little perseverance you can get things done
    With out a blind adherence that has conquered some

    Chorus:
    And nobody wants to know you now
    And nobody wants to show you how
    So if your lost and all alone
    You can never surrender
    And if your path won’t lead you home
    You can never surrender
    And when the night is cold and dark, you can’t see, you can’t light
    There’s no one to take away your right to fight and to never surrender

    And when the night is cold and dark, you can’t see, you can’t light
    No one can take away your right to fight and to never surrender, to never surrender

    Oh time is all we’re asking for, to never surrender
    Oh, oh, oh, oh

    Or in Pirate speak – Nevaaarrrhhh Surrendarrrrhhh

  2. Enjoy the break, love the fact the sites to a point where you can recharge your batteries and still have top flight content.

  3. Enjoy your vacation Tim – and Happy New Year!

    I received my copy of the Prospect Guide yesterday – hope to start reading it tomorrow!

  4. What are we supposed to do if the Pirates do something outrageous while you are on vacation……….never mind, I forgot its the Pirates, lol!
    Have a great vacation!

  5. Tim, I can’t believe you are going on vacation! Too me, Bradenton is a vacation. All kidding aside, have a great vacation.

  6. Tim, A much deserved break. Congratulations and enjoy.

    Sure enough, Pirates have not made any news today but the Reds have.
    Go figure….

    • I’ve come to realize that most big stories break right after Tim tells me he is going somewhere and makes sure I’m around to watch the site. So expect the Pirates to trade Pedro Alvarez and Neil Walker for prospects on Friday around 9am

        • Absolutely amazed that they give up a pitching prospect like Ben Lively for a 37 year old Marlon Byrd, regardless of the amount of money the Phils threw in. That makes a 20 yr old and a 22 year old RHSP’s and a 22 year old LHSP the Phils have traded for this off-season – all high draft picks with plenty of upside.

  7. Good for you, Tim. You run an excellent site and write an excellent prospect guide, and you deserve the vacation. Plus, you hire great authors who can run the site while you’re away!

    Enjoy your time off!

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