First Pitch: We’re Looking For Name Submissions and Writers For Our New Pirates Site

We announced the future launch of Pittsburgh Baseball Network on Friday. Today we’re focusing on the first site that will be added to the network: [SITE NAME HERE].

We’re launching a Pirates blog, which will contain all of the news, analysis, and other MLB coverage that you used to find here. The site will be run by Wilbur Miller, with other writers involved. That currently includes myself for featured articles, and Ethan Hullihen covering payroll and the business side.

We’re looking for two things for that site today.

The first is a name. Since we want this site to be more of a community, we want the site name to come from the community. My personal idea is “Where Have You Gone, Charlie Wilmoth” but we’re leaving the submissions up to you.

Submit your ideas for a new Pirates site name in the comments below. The winning submission will receive a free one-year subscription to PBN.

We’re also looking for our first writers to add to the site. We’re looking for strong writers who have a grasp on advanced analytics and technology usage, an understanding of the Pirates organization, and an understanding of today’s MLB. If you think you might be a fit, send in your resume to and Wilbur Miller and I will review the submissions.

Today is the non-tender deadline, and we’ll have coverage of who the Pirates keep and who they part ways with.

We’ve also got a surprise announcement to finish with: The 2020 Prospect Guide will be released tomorrow morning!

This will be our 10th year for the Prospect Guide. The first form of this year’s book will be our initial top 50 rankings, plus other features and resources. The book is in eBook form, and as usual, anyone who purchases it will get every single update we release on the book in the future. Check back tomorrow morning for more details and to purchase the book.




By John Dreker

Six former Pittsburgh Pirates born on this date, including a Hall of Famer.

Deacon White, third baseman for the 1889 Alleghenys. In the 19th year of his 20-year career, White hit .253 with 26 RBIs in 55 games for the Alleghenys. He collected the first hit in MLB history, a double back on May 4, 1871. Despite being a star player before MLB baseball started, and playing much of his career when full seasons were under 100 games, White had 2,067 base hits, 1,140 runs scored and 988 RBIs. He won a batting title in 1875 and 1877, and also won three RBI crowns.

Roscoe Miller, pitcher for the 1904 Pirates. In his only season in Pittsburgh, he went 7-7, 3.35 in 134.1 innings. He made 17 starts and two relief appearances. In his four-year big league career, Miller went 39-45, 3.45 in 772.2 innings. He played pro ball from 1896 until 1909.

Mike Wilson, catcher for the 1921 Pirates. His big league career consisted of five games, all of them off of the bench. He caught in each game and went 0-for-4 at the plate. The Pirates were his first team in pro ball. His next seven seasons were spent in the minors.

Johnny Welch, pitcher for the 1936 Pirates. He finished his nine-year career with the Pirates, making eight relief appearances and one start, with a 4.50 ERA in 22 innings. Welch had two double-digit win seasons, but finished with just 35 big league wins. He played a total of 14 seasons in pro ball, yet he was done with his career by age 30.

Andre Rodgers, infielder for the 1965-67 Pirates. In three seasons in Pittsburgh, he saw time at five different positions and hit .257 in 158 games. He was a .249 hitter over 11 big league seasons. Rodgers was the first player born in the Bahamas who made it to the majors.

Wyatt Toregas, catcher for the 2011 Pirates. His big league career consisted of 19 games for the 2009 Cleveland Indians and three games for the 2011 Pirates. He went 0-for-4 at the plate in Pittsburgh, and 9-for-55 for his career. Toregas has managed for the last five seasons in the minors for the Pirates, working his way from Morgantown to Bradenton.

On this date in 1970, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Kansas City Royals completed a six-player trade with Bruce Dal Canton, Jerry May and Freddie Patek going to the Royals and Jim Campanis, Jackie Hernandez and Bob Johnson coming back to Pittsburgh. Patek was by far the best player involved in the trade, but Johnson and Hernandez both contributed to the 1971 World Series title.