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Pirates’ Corey Hart Suffers Strange Injury

While injuries are inevitable in sports, it appears that strange injuries are the name of the game today. Not too long after Ronald Belisario fractured his shoulder getting out of a swimming pool, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Corey Hart sliced his foot open on a hot tub. Games haven’t even started yet for Spring Training. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune’s Rob Biertempfel...
Via Sportsnaut
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Spring Training An Audition For Rotation Spots

The Pittsburgh Pirates have had back-to-back appearances in the MLB postseason, something the organization hadn’t done since making it three straight appearances from 1990-92. If the team hopes to equal the early 1990s streak, or even extend it into further seasons, then the Pirates’ brain trust will need to answer questions revolving around who will be in their starting rotation...
Via Baseball Essential
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pedro Alvarez Improved in a Down Year

We all know Pedro Alvarez had a pretty rough year in 2014, as he hit just 18 home runs, half of his total of 36 in 2013. That was almost the whole story, as hitting home runs (usually impressive, towering ones) is what Pedro Alvarez does well. Unfortunately, he happened to time the failure of […]
Via Fangraphs
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Corey Hart cut his foot getting into a whirlpool

New Pirates first baseman Corey Hart has already gotten injured in camp…and he’s in the running for “most ridiculous injury of Spring Training”. Corey Hart cut his foot getting into a whirlpool at Pirate City Sunday, Hurdle said. Out for a few days. — Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) March 2, 2015   Dammit, Corey. But given Hart’s injury history, I’m sure the Pirates...
Via The Outside Corner
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Russell Martin Brings 82 Million Intangibles To The Blue Jays

In 20 years from now when you peruse the reverse side of a Russell Martin baseball card, you will not be able to capture what the receiver meant to his pitching staff and team from a single cardboard stat line. The intangibles and leadership qualities that the catcher exudes on a daily basis with have a lasting effect on a squad often criticized for their lackadaisical persona...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball: 30 Prospects in 30 Days — Jameson Taillon

View image | gettyimages.com Profile Jameson Taillon is an imposing figure on the mound as his 6-foot-5, 245 pound frame would attest, but his eventual Major League Baseball debut has been delayed due to him undergoing Tommy John surgery last April as he went on to miss the entire 2014 season. Taillon was the second overall pick of the Pirates in the 2010 draft and is considered...
Via The Fantasy Fix
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Announce Their Starting Pitchers For the First Three Spring Training Games

The Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped up their final day at Pirate City today, and will head over to McKechnie Field tomorrow to start their game schedule. Tomorrow kicks off the schedule with the Black and Gold scrimmage, which is a five and a half inning game. I posted the rosters and the pitchers for each team earlier today. The schedule against other teams will start on Wednesday at Toronto...
Via Pirates Prospects
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pirate Blogs Roundup: OF Range, Tabata’s New Swing

Pirate Blogs Roundup is a new feature highlighting some of the the best posts this week from bloggers/media covering the Pittsburgh Pirates. I plan to run this feature every weekend. If you have a blog post that you would like highlighted in the next edition email me at bucshiddenvigorish@gmail.com for consideration.   From Forbes to Federal illustrates the range of the Pirates...
Via Hidden Vigorish
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Jung-ho Kang Will Get His First Start in the Black and Gold Game

Today is the final day at Pirate City for Major League camp. Tomorrow the Pirates depart for McKechnie Field, and begin playing games, starting with the annual Black and Gold scrimmage. Clint Hurdle announced the pitchers on Friday for the scrimmage. Today, the lineups were posted. The Black team looks to have a lot of the bench and depth options, with no projected starters in the...
Via Pirates Prospects
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates star Andrew McCutchen eyeing another step forward

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Pittsburgh Pirates star centerfielder Andrew McCutchen is eyeing another step forward in 2015. McCutchen says the rest of the National League knows the Pirates are ''for real'' after consecutive playoff berths in 2013 and 2014. The 2013 National League Most Valuable Player says it's time for the Pirates to more than just earn a wild card spot. McCutchen says...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Don’t Forget About This Pitcher When Creating Your Pirates Dream Rotation

If you’re setting up a dream rotation for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the not-too-distant future, then you’re going to be throwing out names like Tyler Glasnow, Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, Nick Kingham, and in the short-term, Francisco Liriano. The Pirates have collected a strong group of young pitchers, with Cole and Taillon being big-name first round picks, and Glasnow and...
Via Pirates Prospects
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates issue statement about ISIS executioner in team hat

The Pittsburgh Pirates on issued a statement about ISIS executioner “Jihadi John,” whose identity was unmasked in a photo released by Sky News in Britain Friday. “Jihadi John,” whose real name is Mohammed Emwazi, has been shown in multiple hostage beheading videos released by ISIS. He was born in Kuwait, raised and educated in Britain,...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates: 'Sickening' to see Islamic State militant 'Jihadi John' in team hat

  The Pittsburgh Pirates say it's ''absolutely sickening'' to see a photo of the Islamic State militant known as ''Jihadi John'' wearing a Pirates hat. Sky News published a photo Friday of Mohammed Emwazi, who officials say is the masked frontman for IS hostage beheading videos. The photo, taken from University of Westminster student records, shows Emwazi wearing a hat with the...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates call it sickening to see 'Jihadi John' in team hat

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates say it's ''absolutely sickening'' to see a photo of the Islamic State militant known as ''Jihadi John'' wearing a Pirates hat. Sky News published a photo Friday of Mohammed Emwazi, who officials say is the masked frontman for IS hostage beheading videos. The photo (http://bit.ly/1G0K0V9 ), taken from University of Westminster student records...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Pirates’ Road Home Run Problem

At first, it looked like pitchers that play their home games in extreme parks have extreme home run splits — that pitchers in pitchers’ parks go on the road and give up more home runs than expected. But it turns out, it might just be a Pittsburgh Pirates problem. Staffs that leave the six most […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball Team Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

View image | gettyimages.com The following is a team preview for the Pittsburgh Pirates from a fantasy baseball perspective, contributed by Brian Dunshee. Offseason Overview The Pittsburgh Pirates enter the 2015 campaign as one of the few standout NL powers, having two MVP caliber players on their team in Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte. Though they lost the productive...
Via The Fantasy Fix
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Three big questions for the Pittsburgh Pirates

Many experts around baseball believe 2015 will be the year the Pittsburgh Pirates truly join the ranks of baseball’s elite teams. ESPN’s Dave Schoenfield recently ranked the Pirates as the third best team in baseball. While hopes may be running high for this team, the Pirates know they have a few questions to answer before they are ready to compete with the likes of the Washington...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

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 with McCutchen, that the team would be willing...
Via WHYGAVS?
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #35: Starling Marte | OF | PIT

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is here! Get your copy for FREE! It says a lot about the Pirates that Starling Marte isn’t the best player on his team. Hell, he isn’t even the best guy in his team’s outfield. When you play next to Andrew McCutchen, you’re always going to be the second dog, but seeing as how McCutchen is a top five player in all of baseball, being...
Via Baseball Professor
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Looking to Rest Their Way to a Competitve Advantage

The analytics team of the Pittsburgh Pirates led by Dan Fox leaves no stone unturned in searching for ways to maximize the performance of Pirate players. The most recent stone they turned over belongs to the Golden State Warriors of the NBA. As reported by Jayson Stark, the Pirates have been looking closely at the success of the Warriors. The Warriors have the best record in the...
Via Hidden Vigorish
5 days ago  |  Discuss

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, fixed his control issues, snuck him onto the 40-man roster...
Via WHYGAVS?
6 days ago  |  Discuss

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 so especially when asked to throw more than two or three innings in a...
Via WHYGAVS?
7 days ago  |  Discuss

The Necessity of Rookie Pitcher Contributions

It is no secret that the Pittsburgh Pirates are a low revenue MLB team. Even with significant gains in attendance at PNC Park coupled with three straight years of increases in the price of tickets, the Pirates still rank in the bottom third of the league in revenues. Lower revenue clubs like the Pirates try to save on payroll by using younger inexperienced players that make league...
Via Hidden Vigorish
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Pirates are wearing awesome matte helmets this spring

One of the ways to my heart is when MLB teams make simple changes to their gear that look amazing. During Spring Training, the Pittsburgh Pirates will be wearing matte black helmets that look fantastic. Interesting nugget from @stephenjnesbitt, #Pirates will wear matte helmet in Spring Training. http://t.co/ern9pXso7Q pic.twitter.com/0CUB8T0erH — Michael Sanserino (@msanserino...
Via The Outside Corner
12 days ago  |  Discuss
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