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Pedro Alvarez, Jung-Ho Kang go deep in spring opener (VIDEO)

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News and notes: Game time

The spring training action is heating up, and it’s finally time for some game action – the annual intrasquad scrimmage took place on Monday and then Grapefruit League play begins on Tuesday as the Bucs take on the Blue Jays (and our old buddy Russell Martin). Even before the games got started, there was no shortage of storylines […]

News and notes: Almost game time

The spring training action is heating up, and it’s almost time for some game action – the annual intrasquad scrimmage will happen today (Monday) and then Grapefruit League play begins on Tuesday. Even though the games haven’t started yet, there has been no shortage of storylines over the past week. The Andrew McCutchen extension talk, […]
Pirates open to extending Andrew McCutchen

Pirates open to extending Andrew McCutchen

I’m a day behind on this story, but I think it’s an important one to weigh in on. Yesterday Bob Nutting talked to Rob Biertempfel at the Trib, saying that he’d like Andrew McCutchen to be a Pirate for a “long, long time” and Biertempfel’s sources indicated that while the Pirates are not actively engaged in extension talks […]
John Holdzkom < 500

John Holdzkom < 500

John Holdzkom started 2014 in independent ball and at one point in the season got cut by his indy league team. He has pitched for New Zealand’s World Baseball Classic team. One time he called in to Chelsea Peretti’s podcast, lamenting his blown baseball opportunity. The Pirates signed him out of the blue last summer, […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Feb 23, 2015

PNC Park Updates

The Pirates announced a few changes to PNC Park for the upcoming season, creating some additional space for fans that aren’t in their seats. Pirates unveil enhancements to PNC Park including new Leftfield Terraces and Porch area READ: http://t.co/5srpLBMStQ pic.twitter.com/qqURvue2bP — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) February 23, 2015 This sort of adds on to a side […]
Antonio Bastardo < 500

Antonio Bastardo < 500

With most of the early spring training talk about the Pirates being extremely positive, their bullpen is sort of the elephant in the room. Obviously Tony Watson and Mark Melancon are great and John Holdzkom was promising down the stretch last year, but the Bucs’ bullpen blew a lot of leads last year. They did […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Feb 21, 2015

News and notes: Pace of play, replay, Snider trade

Pace of play has been a hot topic all winter, and we finally have a resolution (at least for now) with MLB announcing some rule changes on Friday. Essentially, hitters will need to keep one foot in the box after taking a pitch, and inning breaks will be (somewhat) strictly limited to 2 minutes and 25 […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Feb 20, 2015

The 2015 Altoona Curve Giveaways Are Awesome

The Pirates have a pretty good track record when it comes to fan giveaways. For a long time, it was one of their best marketing tool to draw fans to the games. The promotions/giveaways at the major league level, while still occasionally exciting, have dropped off a bit lately now that attendance is great even […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Feb 19, 2015

News and notes: It begins…

Baseball things are happening in Bradenton, and that’s some really welcome news in a freezing cold town that has the highest preseason expectations for the Pirates in recent memory. – This Ken Rosenthal piece on A.J. Burnett re-emphasizes how happy he is to be back with the Bucs: “Pitching against Pittsburgh, it was like a […]
Jared Hughes < 500

Jared Hughes < 500

This is what I think is great about Jared Hughes: there’s an awfully good chance that he’s walking proof that the Pirates’ front office is a step ahead of most analysis about the relationship between pitching and defense. Over the course of his Pirate career, Hughes has pitched in 170 games and thrown 183 innings. […]
Tony Watson < 500

Tony Watson < 500

We are headed into murky territory for the < 500 series, as I’m not sure I have anywhere near 500 words to say about the players left to talk about. Still, I’m going to press on for at least a little longer. The upside is that if these posts are short, the possibility exists that […]
Pitchers and catchers report for the Pirates today

Pitchers and catchers report for the Pirates today

One of the nasty little side-effects of the Information Age is that a day that used to feel magical — the day pitchers and catchers report — is now one of the biggest anti-climaxes on the calendar. If you follow the
Raise the Jolly Roger! Feb 17, 2015

News and notes: Reporting day

People have been counting down to today for months – pitchers and catchers (and several position players) have reported to Bradenton. It’s not really that exciting if you ask me – spring training gets boring very quickly, and in this particular season for the Pirates, there isn’t a whole lot that’s going to be decided […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Feb 17, 2015

Cutch + AJ = :)

This is pretty great: @Pirates CF @TheCUTCH22 gets a hug from pitcher @wudeydo34 upon his arrival at Pirate City this morning. #TribBUCNpic.twitter.com/LSo8T1sTZl — Christopher Horner (@Hornerfoto1) February 17, 2015 Awwwwww Pitchers and catchers are officially due in Bradenton by Wednesday.    
Raise the Jolly Roger! Feb 16, 2015

Pirates Pitcher Offense

View image | gettyimages.com – The Trib had a piece this weekend about how the Pirates will place some extra focus on their pitchers’ offense this spring. That was a welcome sight to me, because just off the top of my head, that’s definitely been a big weakness for the Pirates – not just pitchers […]

Andrew McCutchen: Baseball freezes out lower income kids

Andrew McCutchen, writing at the Player’s Tribune: Baseball used to be the sport where all you needed was a stick and a ball. It used to be a way out for poor kids. Now it’s a sport that increasingly freezes out kids whose parents don’t have the income to finance the travel baseball circuit. McCutchen […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Feb 13, 2015

News and notes: McCutchen, Kang, Power Rankings

If you haven’t seen Andrew McCutchen’s essay that has been making its way around the internet, do yourself a favor and click: Left Out: @Pirates outfielder @TheCUTCH22 on ending baseball’s class divide. http://t.co/6jsqchvD66 pic.twitter.com/0njUR0T3f3 — The Players’ Tribune (@PlayersTribune) February 13, 2015 I didn’t think it was possible for me to have any more respect […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Feb 11, 2015

Movers and Shakers: NL Offseason Recap

The James Shields signing on Monday was probably the final significant move of this MLB offseason, barring a late trade. Shields was the last big free agent remaining and the start of spring training is just over a week away. With that in mind, here’s a look at how things have shifted in the NL – […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Feb 10, 2015

News and notes: Worley wins, Draft position

Vance Worley became the first Pirate since Ross Ohlendorf to defeat the club in a salary arbitration hearing, so he will earn $2.45 million instead of $2 million this year. Good for him, but let’s hope that’s where the similarities end between Vance and Ross. As far as I know, Vance didn’t spend the winter […]

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