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Josh Bell is Showing a Lot of Encouraging Signs at the...

One of the big bright spots on the team early this season has been the offensive emergence from Josh Bell. At the time of this writing, Bell has a .309/.381/.600 line with three homers in 63 plate appearances. Those 63 plate appearances represent a low number, far below what you’d want to see to call […]
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This Singular Approach is One of the Keys For Josh Bell’s...

BRADENTON, Fla. – When the Pirates were searching for a hitting coach, I was only half-joking when I suggested their interview would start with a question of “How would you tap into Josh Bell’s offensive upside?” I don’t know if that was an actual interview question or topic. I do know that out of everyone […]
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Pirates Activate Josh Bell from Disabled List; Option Jose Osuna

Prior to Wednesday’s game in Colorado, the Pittsburgh Pirates activated Josh Bell from the 10-day disabled list. To make room on the 25-man roster, they optioned Jose Osuna to Indianapolis. Bell was placed on the disabled list on July 28th with a left oblique strain. He batted once on July 27th before leaving the game […]
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Pirates Place Josh Bell on Disabled List; Recall Jose Osuna

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed first baseman Josh Bell on the 10-day disabled list due to a left oblique strain. Bell was injured during an at-bat in the second inning of yesterday’s game and did not come back out on defense in the top of the third. The Pirates have recalled Jose Osuna from Indianapolis […]
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Gajtka: Team Keeping Up In NL, But Young Pedigreed Pirates Still...

I was not (completely) correct in my analysis. You might recall my opening day column, referring to the Pirates’ “vanilla veterans” and how it was they, not the youngsters, who would limit this team’s potential. Gajtka: Vanilla Veterans Limit Pirates’ Potential More Than Youth To my slight surprise, that assessment hasn’t been completely accurate to […]
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Gajtka: Forget What We Think. Do The Pirates Expect To Keep...

PITTSBURGH — I asked about a month ago if it was too early to adjust our expectations for the Pirates. At that time, the team was 8-2 and opening a few eyes as to the potential of this year’s group. My contention was that a hot 10-game stretch was indeed enough to allow us to […]
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How Pirates’ Various Successes Can Feed Off One Another

PITTSBURGH — Baseball is a team sport, but not necessarily a synergistic one. A batting lineup can run hot or cold, but that has little impact on how well arms and gloves can limit the opposition. There can easily be a disconnect between scoring and defending, perhaps more so than any other team sport. Even […]
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What is Going on With Josh Bell’s Offense?

Through 37 games and 155 plate appearances, Pirates first baseman and cleanup hitter Josh Bell hasn’t been able to break out of an early season slump. Bell is hitting .250, which is just five points shy of his full-season total from 2017. That in of itself isn’t cause for alarm. His on-base percentage hasn’t slipped […]
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Middle of Pirates’ Lineup is Clicking, But Josh Bell is the...

PITTSBURGH — With acknowledgements to Gregory Polanco’s recent slump and Adam Frazier’s general struggles in replacing the injured Josh Harrison, the heaviest millstone hanging from the Pirates’ lineup this season has been Josh Bell. For one of the cornerstones of the Pirates’ post-2015 prospect wave, a .238/.297/.337 batting line through 26 games is a discouraging […]
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Buckling Down in ‘Brutal’ Conditions, Pirates Produce Best Start Since ’93

PITTSBURGH — No one in the Pirates’ clubhouse wants to dwell on the fact that nearly every minute of their first nine games have been played in near-freezing temperatures. As Josh Bell reminded reporters following Wednesday’s snow squall of a loss to Minnesota at PNC Park, both sides are experiencing the same conditions. That is […]
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