MLB Experimental Rule Change Banning Collisions is Unnecessary

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It started out as a good idea, a rule implemented to deter egregious contact between the runner and the catcher on close plays at home plate, but it has since morphed into something more. The original spirit of the rule […]

5th Spot In Pittsburgh Pirates’ Rotation Now Completely Undecided

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When A.J. Burnett made the commitment to sign a contract with the Philadelphia Phillies in February, it all but left two guys who would have the best chance at earning the fifth spot in the Pittsburgh Pirates‘ starting rotation: RHP […]

MLB Collisions Rule Change Impacts Individual Statistics the Same as Steroids, PEDs

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When MLB adopted, implemented and began to enforce their policy on steroids and performance enhancing drugs — or more formally, the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program — in 2006, though MLB didn’t publicly admit it, the focus was primarily […]

Pittsburgh Pirates’ Travis Snider Shows Absence Didn’t Hurt Chances to Earn RF Job

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Forget my recent criticism of the Pittsburgh Pirates for not involving Travis Snider earlier in Spring Training action, as Sinder’s performance today against the Toronto Blue Jays certainly made it seem like the Pirates knew exactly what they were doing. […]

When Does Josh Harrison Become Part of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ SS Discussion?

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During the offseason, it was speculated that this would be the year in which Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Clint Barmes passed the starting torch over to Jordy Mercer. Things are going according to plan for the most part with one major […]

Pittsburgh Pirates: Charlie Morton’s Spring Performances A Precursor To Success In 2014 MLB Season?

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For many players, success during Spring Training doesn’t necessarily translate into success during the regular season, but that may be a different story for Charlie Morton. In looking at Morton’s career Spring Training numbers and comparing them to the corresponding […]

Does Pittsburgh Pirates’ Jeff Locke Injury Open Doors for Stolmy Pimentel, Casey Sadler?

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Reports have surfaced that Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Locke will be scratched from his scheduled start against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, March 5 due to “tightness” somewhere on his right side. Locke had been figured into the equation to compete against newly […]

Pittsburgh Pirates’ Travis Ishikawa Should Be Included in the 1B Battle This Spring

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By all accounts and barring any last minute acquisitions by the Pittsburgh Pirates, Travis Ishikawa could be the ideal platoon partner for Gaby Sanchez — that is, if he ever finds his way into the lineup. Rumor has it that […]

Pittsburgh Pirates’ Matt Hague Making First Base Battle Easier

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Matt Hague entered Spring Training as having an outside shot of making the Pittsburgh Pirates‘ roster as the backup first-baseman and potential platoon partner for Gaby Sanchez with Andrew Lambo and Chris McGuiness for the spot. After five games are […]

Casey Sadler is a Sleeper to Grab 5th Spot of Pittsburgh Pirates’ Rotation

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Unless you are a completely devoted fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates you probably haven’t heard of Casey Sadler before, but he could feasibly see some time in a Pirates’ uniform at some point this season. Admittedly, he isn’t likely to […]

Does Stolmy Pimentel Have A Shot to Crack Pittsburgh Pirates’ Starting Rotation?

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Stolmy Pimentel, a 24-year-old right-hander, got the start on the bump for the Pittsburgh Pirates this past weekend against the Philadelphia Phillies, tossing two shutout innings and surrendering only a single hit while striking out one in the Pirates’ 4-1 […]

Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew Lambo Has Some Competition at First Base

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All through the offseason, speculation from fans and the media had resulted in talks of a platoon situation at first base with Gaby Sanchez, with Andrew Lambo being the platoon partner.  That was even the talk as the Pittsburgh Pirates […]