First Pitch: Happy Thanksgiving from Pirates Prospects

Happy Thanksgiving to all out there, hope everyone has a great day. There won’t be any news today other than the winter ball coverage this morning, but the off-season will start back up on Friday, and the Pittsburgh Pirates have a new manager in place. That means we could hear some new coaching appointments soon, and the Pirates have to make decisions ahead of the non-tender deadline on Monday at 8 PM.

We will have a big announcement tomorrow. Until then, feel free to talk about anything Pirates, Thanksgiving or whatever else in the comments below.


My cousin, who doesn’t watch baseball, heard the song Centerfield yesterday for the first time apparently and asked if it’s my favorite song. It’s not, but it was stuck in my head, so here it is for everyone else.



By John Dreker

Eight former Pittsburgh Pirates born on this date, including a player from the 2019 club.

Yefry Ramirez, pitcher for the 2019 Pirates. Made nine relief appearances for the Pirates this season, posting a 7.71 ERA in 14 innings. He became a minor league free agent at the end of the year. Ramirez has also pitched for the 2018-19 Baltimore Orioles.

Angel Sanchez, pitcher for the 2017 Pirates. In his only big league season, he made eight relief appearances for the Pirates, posting an 8.76 ERA in 12.1 innings. Sanchez has spent the last two seasons in Korea.

Jose Parra, pitcher for the 2000 Pirates. Made two starts and four relief appearance while with the Pirates, posting a 6.94 ERA in 11.2 innings. He played five years in the majors for five teams from 1995 until 2004.

Sixto Lezcano, outfielder for the 1985 Pirates. Hit .207 over 72 games in his final big league season in 1985. Spent 12 years in the majors, mostly with the Milwaukee Brewers. In 1979, he hit .321 with 28 homers and 101 RBIs, while winning the Gold Glove award.

Dave Augustine, outfielder for the 1973-74 Pirates. He batted 29 times over 29 games in his career, all spent with the Pirates. He went 6-for-29 at the plate and played all three outfield spots. Augustine spent nine seasons in the minors after his final big league game. He was with the Pirates organization from 1969-77 and then again from 1981-83.

Max West, 1B/OF for the 1948 Pirates. In 87 games, he batted .178 with eight homers. West played for the Boston Braves (also called Bees at that time) from 1938-42, then missed three years due to WWII. He played 73 games in 1946, then spent the 1947 season in the minors before joining the Pirates for his final big league season.

Lee Fohl, catcher for the 1902 Pirates. He lasted one game in Pittsburgh, going 0-for-3 on August 29, 1902. The rest of his big league career consisted of four games with the 1903 Cincinnati Reds. He played 12 seasons in the minors and managed for 22 seasons total, including 13 years in the majors.

Heinie Peitz, catcher for the 1905-06 Pirates. During his two seasons in Pittsburgh, he hit .228 over 128 games. He had a 16-year career in the majors, playing nine seasons with the Cincinnati Reds and five years for the St Louis Cardinals.