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Jordy Mercer: Pirates Look to Turn Shortstop Position into Strength

Jordy Mercer: Pirates Look to Turn Shortstop Position into Strength

Clint Barmes, Ronny Cedeno , Jack Wilson, Mike Benjamin, Pat Meares, Lou Collier, Kevin Elster. Those names all have two things in common. 1) Over the last 15 seasons, they have been starters on opening day for the Pittsburgh Pirates.... 
Pirates Stockpiled Arms Before Rule Change On Slot Draft Picks

Pirates Stockpiled Arms Before Rule Change On Slot Draft Picks

Before the new management regime in Pittsburgh, the Pirates were notoriously bad, even laughable when it came to drafting and developing players. Neal Huntington accepted the GM position for the Pirates in 2007. Shortly after, Huntington... 
Pirates Coaching Staff Faces Familiar Task Fixing Edinson Volquez

Pirates Coaching Staff Faces Familiar Task Fixing Edinson Volquez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have many young arms beginning to infiltrate the major league ball club and many still working their way through the system. Until there are enough home grown pitchers to fill out the rotation, management has... 
Pirates Trade Rumors: 2013 Fate to be Determined by Pitching, Not Hitting

Pirates Trade Rumors: 2013 Fate to be Determined by Pitching, Not Hitting

The MLB non-waiver trade deadline is on Wednesday at 4pm. Most think the Pittsburgh Pirates need to trade for a right fielder or first baseman to ensure that this team will be playing meaningful baseball well into September and hopefully... 
Is Pirates Slugger Pedro Alvarez The New Adam Dunn?

Is Pirates Slugger Pedro Alvarez The New Adam Dunn?

In the 2008 draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected a player they envisioned would lock down third base for years to come and more importantly the cleanup spot in the batting order for years to come. It has been a work in progress,... 
2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Offensive Hopes Tied to Core Players

2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Offensive Hopes Tied to Core Players

Clint Barmes batted .229 with eight home runs and 45 rbi in 2012, which are all close to his 2011 numbers (.244,12 home runs, 39 rbi). Barmes played solid defense, registering a .972 fielding percentage, slightly above his career average.... 
Pittsburgh Pirates ‘Wish’ to Contend with a ‘Wishful’ Thinking 2013 Rotation

Pittsburgh Pirates ‘Wish’ to Contend with a ‘Wishful’ Thinking 2013 Rotation

I want to believe the Pittsburgh Pirates are going to contend in 2013, the Pirates want you to believe they will contend this season. Have faith that these players will give it their all out on the field and understand that this team... 
Phillies Offseason Moves: Looking to Regain Footing in NL East

Phillies Offseason Moves: Looking to Regain Footing in NL East

Revere will be relied upon to get on base and score runs The Philadelphia Phillies were somewhere they are not accustomed last October, sitting at home. For the first time since 2006, the Phillies did not make the postseason, finishing... 
Pirates GM Huntington Faced With Familiar Task – Rebuild Bullpen

Pirates GM Huntington Faced With Familiar Task – Rebuild Bullpen

GM Huntington has been faced with the task of rebuilding a bullpen year after year According to Rob Biertempfel of the Tribune Review, Joel Hanrahan is being shopped by the Pirates and will most likely be traded. Jason Grilli is... 
With Russell Martin Signed – Pirates Look to Add More Players – But Who?

With Russell Martin Signed – Pirates Look to Add More Players – But Who?

Can the Pirates add more free agents this winter The Pittsburgh Pirates shocked many last week when they signed free agent catcher Russell Martin to a two-year, $17 million deal. It was the richest contract ever given to to a free... 
Wandy Rodriguez Recovers from Rocky Start with Pirates

Wandy Rodriguez Recovers from Rocky Start with Pirates

The Pirates version of a big splash at the trade deadline this season was acquiring left-handed starter Wandy Rodriguez from the Houston Astros.  The Pirates thought so highly of the starter, they traded away three of their better... 
Pirates – September Call-Ups and Active Roster Preview

Pirates – September Call-Ups and Active Roster Preview

Pirates call-ups to help post-season push The first of September in Pittsburgh normally means the arrival of 10-15 minor league prospects that will be getting their feet wet in the majors for the first time.  Those players have been... 
Pirates McDonald Becomes Stopper When Most Needed

Pirates McDonald Becomes Stopper When Most Needed

James McDonald gave the Pirates  a shut-down performance PNC Park had it all Tuesday night.  Major collisions, curtain calls, standing ovations and even a dominant performance from one of their aces.  During the 9-0 stomping... 
Pirates – Management, Players, Fans Show Inexperience with Winning

Pirates – Management, Players, Fans Show Inexperience with Winning

Pirates Feeling Pressure of Pennant Race After two decades of losing baseball, the Pittsburgh Pirates are where they want to be–directly in the middle of a serious pennant race.  Although the organization has taken large strides... 
Pirates Bullpen Needs Overhaul for Stretch Run

Pirates Bullpen Needs Overhaul for Stretch Run

Over the last 30 days, the bullpen’s ERA is 4.54 and has been absolutely miserable the past 14 days with a 5.71 ERA. ( Photo by Keith Allison) It is no secret that the Pittsburgh Pirates have had the wind taken out of their sails... 
Pirates McCutchen, Alvarez in Power Slumps – Role Players Step Up

Pirates McCutchen, Alvarez in Power Slumps – Role Players Step Up

Pedro Alvarez has 21 home runs and 58 rbi this season, but lately has suffered a power outage and playing time has decreased because of it (Photo by Sports, Trains and Planes Flickr) Pedro Alvarez and Andrew McCutchen have a combined... 
Cueto Headlines Top Five For NL Cy Young Award List

Cueto Headlines Top Five For NL Cy Young Award List

Cueto is 14-5 with a 2.52 ERA With only 57 days until the last day of the regular season, it is time to talk Cy Young Award.  With much of the regular season behind us at this point, we have a good clue on who is in the conversation... 
Reds Continue Improbable Run Without Votto

Reds Continue Improbable Run Without Votto

When Joey Votto went down with a knee injury, the Reds were in the midst of a six game winning streak.  Not many would have predicted the Reds would continue that success without Votto in the lineup for an extended period of time. Votto... 
Pirates – Winners on the Field – Winners at The Trade Deadline

Pirates – Winners on the Field – Winners at The Trade Deadline

The Pirates made a total of four trades in the past week before Tuesday’s 4pm non-waiver trade deadline.  Within those trades, the Pirates did not trade any, I repeat any irreplaceable commodities. Many fans are disappointed... 
Five Keys to Pittsburgh Pirates Winning NL Central

Five Keys to Pittsburgh Pirates Winning NL Central

The Cincinnati Reds are 14-2 since the All-Star break and now have a three game lead over the Pirates in the NL Central division race.  Although the Pirates are a respectable 10-6 since the All-Star break, there is plenty of improvement... 
MLB’s Second-Half Leaders and Losers

MLB’s Second-Half Leaders and Losers

The resurgent A’s have won 10 of their last 12 games (Keith Allison / flickr) With just a handful of days left before the trade deadline, the buyers and sellers of the market have come more clearly into focus. The trends have... 
Wandy Rodriguez Trade – Huntington Continues to Make Smart Baseball Moves

Wandy Rodriguez Trade – Huntington Continues to Make Smart Baseball Moves

“We like the innings, we like the strikeouts, we like the ERA, we like the competitor. He has very quietly been one of the better pitchers in major league baseball over the last three-four years.” -GM Neal Huntington, courtesy... 
Dempster Trade Story Continues

Dempster Trade Story Continues

Yesterday, the Atlanta Braves and the Chicago Cubs agreed in principle to a deal that would send veteran starter Ryan Dempster to the Braves. That was Monday, and now on Tuesday, the clubs still stand where they stood yesterday at... 
Pirates Bullpen Dominant – Built Yearly On Power Arms

Pirates Bullpen Dominant – Built Yearly On Power Arms

The Pirates bullpen has been one of the more consistent aspects of the team for three straight seasons now.  Dating back to the days of Octavio Dotel and Javier Lopez in 2010, the bullpen has been a strength of the Pirates.  Pittsburgh... 
Trade Deadline – Who are the Buyers – Who are the Sellers

Trade Deadline – Who are the Buyers – Who are the Sellers

As the July 31 trade deadline nears, MLB teams are scrambling, attempting to figure out if they will be sellers, buyers or neither for the 2012 season.  Many teams have already made it known what their intentions will be, but there... 
Strasburg Nearing Unstable Territory – Nationals Seeking Starter ?

Strasburg Nearing Unstable Territory – Nationals Seeking Starter ?

Stephen Strasburg wants to pitch the entire season, hell or high water.  General manager Mike Rizzo will not let that happen– or will he? According to Pedro Gomez at ESPN, Rizzo stated that he will be the one that dictates... 
Pirates James McDonald Struggling – Fighting Through Learning Curve

Pirates James McDonald Struggling – Fighting Through Learning Curve

McDonald has won three of his last four starts despite allowing 14 walks in that span. (Photo by Runneralan2004-Flickr) In the first half of the 2012 season, the Pirates witnessed James McDonald solidify himself as the team’s... 
Despite Age – Mike Trout Can Win MVP in 2012

Despite Age – Mike Trout Can Win MVP in 2012

Trout is currently on pace to be a serious contender to win AL Rookie of the Year, AL MVP, AL Batting Title and the AL Stolen Base Title (photo by Keith Allison flickr) To suggest that Mike Trout cannot win the American League MVP... 
Reds’ Votto Out 3-4 Weeks With Knee Surgery

Reds’ Votto Out 3-4 Weeks With Knee Surgery

The NL Central Division leading Cincinnati Reds were dealt a blow today when they found out former MVP Joey Votto will be out due to “minor” knee surgery, according to the Reds Twitter feed . Votto was having another... 
Epstein, Hoyer Look to Begin Dismantling – Rebuilding Cubs

Epstein, Hoyer Look to Begin Dismantling – Rebuilding Cubs

To put it simply, the Chicago Cubs are not  a good baseball team.  Not in 2012 and most likely not in 2013 or 2014. The current roster in Chicago is most likely to be blown up before this 2012 season is over.  Veterans such as Ryan... 
2012 Brewers Offense Survives Without Prince Fielder – Bullpen Struggling

2012 Brewers Offense Survives Without Prince Fielder – Bullpen Struggling

The Milwaukee Brewers have been serious contenders in the NL Central Division now for the past several seasons and have come close to the World Series, but have yet to reach that pinnacle. In 2011, the Brewers won the Central Division... 
St. Louis Cardinals Lose Players – Coaches – Continue Success in 2012

St. Louis Cardinals Lose Players – Coaches – Continue Success in 2012

After winning the World Series just a year ago, the St. Louis Cardinals have lost some major components from such a special team. Albert Pujols took his talents to Los Angeles.  Chris Carpenter was not on schedule to start the season... 
Halfway Through – Reds Feel Best Baseball Yet to Come

Halfway Through – Reds Feel Best Baseball Yet to Come

The Reds have been just good enough all season to hang around the top of the NL Central standings, but the Reds fully expect to play better baseball in the second half of the season. In a quote from the Reds website, Jay Bruce had... 
Pirates Having Success Without Following Original Blueprint From 2008

Pirates Having Success Without Following Original Blueprint From 2008

When a new General Manager is hired, he has a fairly good sense of what direction to guide his major league roster.  Whether that be making minor adjustments or a complete overhaul of a roster. The strategy adapted at the time is... 
Drew Sutton Gaining Playing Time With Pirates

Drew Sutton Gaining Playing Time With Pirates

Drew Sutton has been a well-traveled man this 2012 season.  On May 20th, Sutton was claimed off waivers by the Pirates and before he could even think about dressing in a Pirates uniform, he was shipped out to Tampa Bay the very next...