Pittsburgh Pirates

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Recently I wrote that the Oakland A’s were fairly set for next season, that they wouldn’t have much room left on the roster to go after more than one, perhaps two, free agents. Yet they do have a piece or two missing and it couldn’t hurt to bring in another veteran to support two-time all-star catcher Stephen Vogt in teaching the new young A’s team how to navigate playing everyday in the major leagues. The A’s could use another power bat. Even with rookies ready to help out in the outfield, designated hitter position and at first base, the A’s […]

A’s should take a look at Pirates’ Sean Rodriguez for ...

Rich Hill, doubleheader, starting pitching
As the trade deadline approaches, the consensus among most baseball insiders and experts is that the options for contenders who need starting pitching are slim-pickings. Two of the main potential candidates are from the Oakland Athletics in Sonny Gray and Rich Hill, with Hill being the most likely to be traded to a team that needs a great starter in order to play deep into October. But what if the A’s were to hold onto both pitchers? It certainly wouldn’t make the many, many teams interested in Hill very happy. But who says that the A’s may not surprise everyone? Usually, […]

Should the A’s really trade Rich Hill?

Mark Melancon
Is Mark Melancon a good fit for Houston? For a team that has said from the end of their playoff run that they need a big-time closer, the Houston Astros are moving at what feels like a snails pace. The names of virtually every good closer were thrown around, with trading for Craig Kimbrel being at the top of the list. However Kimbrel was traded from the San Diego Padres to the Boston Red Sox. The Milwaukee Brewers and the Detroit Tigers struck a deal that sent Francisco Rodriguez to the motor city, while the Astros are seemingly still kicking […]

Mark Melancon is Astros’ best option as closer

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The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Miami Marlins are now scheduled to play a two game series in Puerto Rico on a day that is very dear to my heart, Roberto Clemente Day. I grew up hearing about the legend that was Clemente, my mother having grown up a baseball fan in Pittsburgh in the 1950-60’s. Needless to say he was her favorite player. I’ve got some funny stories about a little girl at the ballpark about that but those can be told another time. She remembers school shutting down for game seven of the 1960 World Series when Bill Mazeroski […]

Pirates, Marlins to play in Puerto Rico on Clemente’s Day

Baseball still has “firsts” Baseball has been around for a very long time and has an extremely rich history. In fact, the first reference to the game was made in law that prohibited it being played near the town meeting hall of Pittsfield, MA. That law was enacted in 1792. The New York Knickerbockers were the first team, founded on September 23, 1845 and the first game played under rules that are similar to those today took place in 1846, as the Knickerbockers took on a team that called themselves the “New York Nine”. The first baseball league, the National […]

2015 Baseball “Firsts”

The National League wild card game  was certainly far from boring. Chicago Cubs’ starter Jake Arrieta continued his phenomenal run since the beginning of the second half of the regular season, throwing yet another complete game four hit shutout while striking out 11 Pittsburgh Pirates batters. He did not even allow a walk. I know that a player’s postseason numbers do not count towards the Cy Young voting but if it did, Arrieta should be your guy Arrieta wasn’t the only member of the Cubs who shined. Rookie Kyle Schwarber was responsible for three of the Cubs’ four runs and Dexter […]

Arrieta does it again, Cubs win the NL Wild Card

The Great Roberto Clemente: #Retire21 Today is Roberto Clemente Day in Major League Baseball. The nominees for the Roberto Clemente Award will be honored on this day and the winner announced in October as voted upon by the fans and members of the media. Originally instituted in 1971 and known as the Commissioner’s Award, the award was renamed in 1973, after Clemente’s tragic death on New Year’s Eve 1972. He would have been 81 this year, his birthday being just weeks ago on August 18. He passed at the age of 38. Clemente has his own day in Major League […]

Retire #21: Another Roberto Clemente Story (but better!)

aramis ramirez
The Pirates have acquired 37-year-old third baseman Aramis Ramirez from the Milwaukee Brewers for  minor league right-hander Yhonathan Barrios and cash. The Pirates, who are looking to make a postseason run, have a three-game lead above Chicago Cubs for the first National League Wild Card spot. And they are currently six games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central. Six games is not an impossible mountain to conquer but it may be behind the team with Major League Baseball’s best record. For the Pirates acquiring Ramirez, fills one of the holes on the left side of their infield. […]

Pirates acquire Aramis Ramirez from Brewers

What baseball means to me
I wrote a guest post for another great baseball blog called 9 Inning Know It All. I noticed that they’d done a series of guest posts titled ” What baseball means to me” and ended up going through and reading most of them and leaving comments. I was contacted by one of their editors to write my own “What baseball means to me” guest post and I was stoked! It’s the kind of post that you always want to write but never get around to actually writing because there’s breaking news or analysis that out weighs the posts that you’d […]

What baseball means to me: a guest post for 9inningknowitall.com

In a sport as old as baseball, which has been played since the 1880’s, you would think that everything that could be done has been done. There was the first perfect game, the first no-hitter, the first combined no-hitter, the first home run even. There was a first triple play, the first unassisted triple play. Yet, there are still firsts to happen. Of course players have firsts and always will. The Chicago Cubs’ third baseman Kris Bryant hit his first major league home run on Saturday. Carlos Rodon of the Chicago White Sox made his first career major league start […]

Baseball still has firsts: Pirates turn 4-5-4 triple play

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal was the first to report late Tuesday night that Jason Grilli, former 2013 All-Star closer for the Pittsburgh Pirates, would be working out of the Atlanta Braves bullpen in 2015. Source: Jason Grilli to #Braves. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 24, 2014 David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution confirmed that an agreement had been made, while MLB.com’s Mark Bowman provided the finanacial details. Grilli will receive $4.25M in 2015 and $3.5M in 2016. He has a $3M option for 2017 ($250K buyout). Contract includes a $250K signing bonus — Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) December 24, 2014   I […]

Veteran reliever Jason Grilli signs with the Atlanta Braves

This weekend’s biggest baseball mystery was which team put in the highest bid for Korean shortstop Jung-ho Kang. Major League Baseball and the Korean Baseball Organization still work under the old posting system that was also in place with Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball up until last year when, the now New York Yankees’ ace, Masahiro Tanaka was the first player posted under the new system. The posting system for Japanese players has been revamped but when it comes to players being posted by the KBO, team’s put in their bids however high or low and the team with the highest bid, if […]

Jung-ho Kang’s mystery team finally revealed