Pirates A.M. — Opening day

By Rob Biertempfel BRADENTON, Fla. — Opening day! (Sort of.) Check my blog every morning during spring training for lineups, pitching matchups, game notes and such. I’ll try to update it througout the morning as things happen, too. >>> Today’s games Orioles at Pirates, 1:05 p.m., LECOM Park, Bradenton Orioles: Lineup TBA. Gabriel Ynoa RHP. Also pitching for Orioles...
Via Bucco Blog
44 minutes ago

Mentoring Newman, Mercer pays it forward

Jordy Mercer was once like Kevin Newman, a young shortstop trying to establish himself and fortunate to have a mentor at his position.
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16 hours ago

New-look OF to get first test in split-squad opener

After a week of full-squad workouts, the Pirates will unveil their new-look outfield Saturday as they begin their Grapefruit League schedule. Featuring a lineup led by Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco, the Bucs will host the Orioles at LECOM Park. Another split-squad will head south to face the Rays at Charlotte Sports Park. Both games are scheduled to start at 1:05 p.m. ET.
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19 hours ago

Pirates A.M. — Stewie gets social: #perspective

By Rob Biertempfel BRADENTON, Fla. — Good morning from the BFKMF. The Pirates will have  full workout here today, followed by the “Pirates Chopped” cook-off contest, then its full-speed ahead into the Grapefruit League schedule. >>> Chris Stewart put up his first-ever social media post yesterday on Infield Chatter. “The first of many,” Stewart said with laugh...
Via Bucco Blog
1 day ago

Braves sign former NFL player

It might not be Deion Sanders, Michael Jordan or Tim Tebow, but the Atlanta Braves made some pretty interesting news on Thursday. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Atlanta has signed former Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Sanders Commings.Really, this is a thing. Commings, originally selected by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, played in only two games...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Freese 'having a blast' with Pirates

This time last year, David Freese was at home and unemployed, waiting for the right offer. It eventually came from the Pirates, who signed the 33-year-old in mid-March and re-signed him in late August to a two-year extension with a 2019 option.
Via Pirates.com
1 day ago

Pirates A.M. — Union meeting

By Rob Biertempfel BRADENTON, Fla. — MLBPA union chief Tony Clark is meeting this morning with the players. It’s a closed-door gathering. In a few minutes (I’m writing this at 8:39 a.m.) Clark will chat with reporters, too. Check back for an update. >>> Many readers have asked why the Pirates did not compromise with the McKechnie family when renaming the Ballpark Formerly...
Via Bucco Blog
1 day ago

Marte ready to take over in center field for Pirates

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Starling Marte, the guy displacing Andrew McCutchen in center field for the Pittsburgh Pirates this year, hasn't played the position regularly since the minor leagues. Since making his big league debut in 2012, Marte has made all but 42 of his 544 starts in left. An NL Gold Glove winner the past two years, Marte is being shifted by manager Clint Hurdle. ...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates infielder Kang attends trial for drunk driving

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang appeared in a South Korean court on Wednesday as judges heard arguments in a trial over charges that he fled the scene after slamming a car into a guardrail while driving under the influence of alcohol. A friend of Kang's also attended the hearing at Seoul Central District Court after being charged for falsely telling...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates' Kang attends trial over drink driving charges

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang has appeared in a Korean court as judges began hearing arguments in a trial over charges that the baseball star fled the scene after slamming a car into a guardrail while driving under the influence of alcohol. A friend of Kang also attended the Seoul Central District Court on Wednesday after being charged for falsely...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen Googled himself to keep up on trade talk

Andrew McCutchen admits in an essay written for The Players’ Tribune that he took to Googling himself to stay apprised of all the trade talk swirling around him this past offseason.In a piece fittingly entitled, “Dear Pittsburgh,” as it’s a tribute to the only MLB town he’s known and its fans, McCutchen lays out his Pirates career, from his earliest days in the organization...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: is moving McCutchen away from center the right move?

Since starting his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2009, Andrew McCutchen has been the team’s franchise player and the key ingredient for getting the Pirates back in the playoffs in 2013 to break their 20 year long playoff drought. The 2013 NL MVP has been a reliable bat in the heart of the Pirates lineup while patrolling center field but it seems like those days have come...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Daniel Hudson gets in some bullpen work with baby in tow

This might be the cutest thing you will see all day.Pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Daniel Hudson, recently had to throw his final bullpen session before heading off to spring training. Still, he was well aware of what his number one job was, and that’s being a father. The 29-year-old and his wife Sara welcomed a baby girl, Baylor Rae, in July of last year. And it looks like...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen has great reaction on move to right field

Andrew McCutchen’s days as the regular center fielder for the Pirates are over.Since making his major league debut with Pittsburgh in 2009, McCutchen has played in 1,190 career games. He has started 1,171 of them in center field. To say the 30-year-old has been a fixture at the position would be an understatement.There had been speculation during the offseason the Pirates would...
Via Larry Brown Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Jung Ho Kang to enter treatment program following DUI arrest

After recommendation, Jung Ho Kang will enter a treatment program following a recent DUI arrest. Kang was arrested in early December for the third time since 2009 in his native South Korea for drunk driving. As a result, his driver’s license has been suspended. The 29-year-old was originally scheduled to participate in this year’s World Baseball Classic. That, however, will...
Via Larry Brown Sports
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Tyler Glasnow’s Considerable Stride and Crucial Small Steps

A humorous anecdote from the Pirates’ offseason CARE-a-van tour to share with you by way of Stephen Nesbitt from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Recently, the Pirates’ top pitching prospect, Tyler Glasnow, heard something pretty funny. He was at a bowling event for Pirates Charities, and one fan piped up with this wisecrack, something about how it would be cool if Glasnow could...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

2017 ZiPS Projections – Pittsburgh Pirates

After having typically appeared in the very famous pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past few years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Arizona / Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston...
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January 23, 2017  |  Discuss

Top 21 Prospects: Pittsburgh Pirates

Below is an analysis of the prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system. Scouting reports are compiled with information provided by industry sources as well as from my own observations. The KATOH statistical projections, probable-outcome graphs, and (further down) Mahalanobis comps have been provided by Chris Mitchell. For more information on the 20-80 scouting scale by which...
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January 11, 2017  |  Discuss

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