Tag: Joel Hanrahan

Joel Hanrahan’s Transition From MLB All-Star to Rookie League Pitching Coach

BRISTOL, Va. – It is neither uncommon nor surprising that most minor league coaching staffs include one or more former major leaguers, ranging from a cup of coffee to a long illustrious career. Former players stay in the business: as scouts, agents, and coaches. However, it’s pretty rare to find a two-time all-star coaching young […]
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Williams: How Soon Before Free Agency Do the Pirates Normally Trade...

Small market teams have to deal with harsh realities sometimes. One of the biggest of those harsh realities is that they won’t be able to afford certain players when they reach free agency. They also must get most of their talent from the farm system, as a small market team can’t afford to build a […]
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Joel Hanrahan Returns to Pirates as Coach in Morgantown

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Wednesday morning that former closer Joel Hanrahan has been hired as an assistant pitching coach for Morgantown. Hanrahan played for the Pirates from 2009 until 2012, when he was dealt away for Mark Melancon. After leaving the Pirates, he pitched just nine more Major League games. He had Tommy John […]
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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: The Bullpen

If there was any doubt that Neal Huntington can build a bullpen, then the 2013 season should have erased that doubt. Last off-season, Huntington traded Joel Hanrahan in his final year of team control. In return, the Pirates got Mark Melancon, Jerry Sands, Stolmy Pimentel, and Ivan De Jesus. Hanrahan made $7 M and went […]
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P3 Episode 19: Catching Up With Rocco DeMaro

Episode 19 of The Pirates Prospects Podcast can be downloaded or streamed below. It has been a few weeks since our last podcast. We...

The More Things Stay the Same, the More They Change

A little under a year ago, things weren’t exactly looking up for Neal Huntington and the Pirates’ front office. The team had improved significantly over the previous two years, but had just suffered its second straight late-season collapse. A lot of fans – including me – thought the team should find a new GM. More […]
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First Pitch: Is the “Proven Closer” Era Over?

This morning Mike Petriello of ESPN Insider wrote an article about how the closer myth is dying. Petriello pointed out that a lot of top teams this year have gone the cheap route with their closers. Atlanta and Los Angeles are using closers brought up through the farm system. Boston, Detroit, and Oakland are using […]
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Red Sox Knew Joel Hanrahan Was an Injury Risk

  Per MLBTR, Buster Olney was on the Mut & Merloni radio show in Boston, and spoke during the interview about the Joel Hanrahan trade. Olney mentioned that the Red Sox, along with “many teams”, were aware that there were health issues with Hanrahan. Olney said that’s why the Pirates didn’t get much of a […]
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First Pitch: Hanrahan a Recent Example of Why You Sell High...

Back when the Joel Hanrahan trade happened, there were a lot of complaints that the Pittsburgh Pirates didn’t get enough in return and should have held on to Hanrahan until the trade deadline to get a better return. Today, after a rough start with Boston, and after a trip to the disabled list with hamstring […]
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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Preview: 21 Questions to Answer

It’s Opening Day, those two sweet words marking an event beloved by fans of all 30 teams. No more frivolous exhibition games or exaggerated position battles. It’s a day indisputably tied to ideas of hope, but also to wondering and questions that will take 162 games to answer. Tom and Tim gave you the facts […]
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