Thursday, February 6, 2014

JAL’s Midnight Glories Morning Links





 Midnight Glories by Sumie



GENERAL DAILY UPDATED BASEBALL SITES

1- MLB Transactions


2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates


3 BFFL’s 2014 Pirates Stats Spreadsheet



4 Pirates Prospects Spring Training Tracker


BLOGS and such

 

5—Pirates Prospects


First Pitch: Why is Defense Still Underrated?


Baseball Prospectus Releases Their Top Ten Pirates Prospects



6 Rumbunter

Again, Baseball Prospectus Predicts Doom for Pittsburgh Pirates



7 Bucs Dugout

Orioles sign Evan Meek


8 Saber Bucs

Wasting Starling Marte; Torturing Jose Tabata



9 Green Weenie

> 2/5: The Tiger, Barney Dreyfuss, Ted Simmons, Steady Freddy...


10 MLB-Pirates Site

Amid ice, snow, Pirates truck packed, off to Florida


'Million Dollar Arm' Singh aiming for Major Leagues


11 Battling Bucs

All Era Team: Pre 1900



NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media

12 Rant Sports
                                   
5 Questions Pittsburgh Pirates Must Answer During Spring Training


13 Pirates 101

Who Should the Pittsburgh Pirates Take in the 2014 Draft?



14 Redbird Rants

St. Louis Cardinals to have lower payroll in 2014


15 Chipped Ham Sports

Pirates Notes: The Inventive Career of Edinson Volquez


16 Fangraphs

Pittsburgh Pirates Bullpen



17 Allied News

EXTRA INNINGS: Keeping up with Joneses not easy for frugal Pirates



18 Lebanon Democrat

Analytics: Going behind the numbers in baseball


19 Baseball Prospectus

Entropy and the Eephus



20 Sweetspot

Ranking the teams: 18 through 13


146 comments:

  1. Unfortunately for me, fortunately for the blog participants, I often can't catch all the interesting banter. So have I missed where Sanchez is now ranked as a prospect. Assume he is our 2015 starting catcher, so curious if most 'experts' simply look at him as a serviceable starting catcher (which is nice) but never going to be more than a placeholder for Reese, think that is right. Right?

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  2. So where am I going with this? Nice bit of change in our pocket (savings) next year if he starts and performs at a decent level. Though no longer a 'sexy' prosect so awesome if he can replace Martin and give us another cost controlled starter.....

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  3. Sanchez is a major-league ready catcher who supposedly is good defensively, with some throwing lapses and has a little bit of pop in his bat. Still have to see how that plays out in the Majors, but if he were a few years younger he'd be much higher ranked as a prospect.

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  4. Yuppers and thanks, do you know his ranking? Not sure if I care but abit curious :)

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  5. My guess is that Sanchez will be up with the Bucs at some point in the '14 season. However, if they are in the race, he'll get limited playing time. If, heaven forbid, the Bucs are out of it, he will get most of the playing time, although Martin will be playing for his next contract and will want to play. A CH dilemma. I hope it's not a dilemma.

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  6. As always thanks doc! My point, as you know, is what a nice situation to have him ready and cheap as a starter for 2015 if all plans out. My hometown team had to give a 38 year old catcher around 8.5 million to be there placeholder. We have some value guys who can play until others are ready. Proud of our mgmt team and outlook for our next6 years.....

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  7. Most are raking Sanchez just out of the top 10 prospects the Pirates have, around 11 or 12.

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  8. If anyone is going to be in Oakland this afternoon, I'll be at the Carnegie Library from about 2:00 till 3:45. My wife has a meeting, so I taking her.


    I'll be the 6'5" 220 lb guy in a Pirates coat, with a mostly gray goatee :)

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  9. 11 or 12 is pretty darn good for a mlb ready catcher, thumbs up to Tony

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  10. So much for what I read from yesterday's blog about you being as skinny as a rail:)... Realize you are kidding:)

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  11. you had to come today, the chiropractors day off.

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  12. You're 6'5", 220.


    I'm agreeing with everything YOU say from here on out!

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  13. Almost all of the prospect prognosticators lean towards the young when evaluating.


    If Tony and Lambo were each 20 years old, they'd arguably be in our Top 5.

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  14. So....P2's First Pitch got me to thinking:


    Is it our pitch framers making our pitchers better, our defensive positioning or Ray Searage?

    Or all three?

    Could be interesting to watch the results ex-Pirate pitchers (AJ?) obtain without the benefit of those 3?

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  15. Ted....EYE am the one who is skinny as a rail.


    In fact, I probably make rails look fat!!!


    :) :) :)

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  16. Yuppers, guess my many posts to start the blog is about his,Sanchez, value to our future. Cool)

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  17. The report I read on him yesterday had me thinking he is simply pretty much off of the national radar. It read like the person doing the review went off of a 2013 report with a quick check to Baseball Reference.


    I can't put a lot of faith into most national writer's evaluations beyond the top 10 guys in the system.

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  18. I don't think we'll see him until September unless there is an injury. If Martin is hurt I think he'll take over as the starter.


    Hopefully he gets a lot of playing time in Indy. I'm sure it has to be mixed feelings... if the Pirates thought he was a career backup he'd probably be the backup this year. So too bad he's not in the majors to start 2014 but that's a better sign for his long-term career.

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  19. #8 suggests that we should stop wasting Marte in LF on the road and that he and Tabby should switch.

    I wonder if these splits get balanced out by watching the likes of Matt Holliday get lost in LF at PNC?

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  20. Oh, and they should lean toward young guys with more years to develop. The only thing I'd say is that Sanchez has developed into a mlb-ready catcher, after a couple side-tracks, and McGuire, with all his skills, is much more 'prospective'. If all works out, our solid catching from last year will continue for the next decade.

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  21. Got that but he made a similar comment bro:)

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  22. Finally a thoughtful point from Foo :)

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  23. I get where that idea comes from but I think the argument would be do you impact Marte negatively at home if you keep switching him back and forth? Marte was arguably the best defensive LF in baseball last year... I'm not messing with it. Especially since we'll probably see Polanco by June or July and your D should be totally covered by that point.

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  24. I believe it's all three.


    AJ probably benefited more than anyone from the defensive shifts so unless he goes to Tampa I do think it will impact him a bit. Which is funny since he hates defensive shifts.

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  25. I believe he said when he was younger.

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  26. I actually was going to continue to blog by myself and say the same thing but didn't want to 'knock on wood'about a Martin injury:)

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  27. Anyone else having blog updating problem? usually i can go away 5 minutes and on return see "3 new posts" but so far today i have to actively refresh to get new posts

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  28. Why does he hate shifts? Wants to know where guys are all the time per standard metrics?

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  29. Just about to post the same thing. It shows when someone is typing a response but the response never loads. Have to refresh page.


    I see they put in a few updates over night so I'm sure that caused it. I'll let you know what I find out.

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  30. Bob Smizik has a good article up about how cheaply we got Cutch. He also opines about Pedro being gone when his Pirate time is up.
    http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/smizik-on-sports/2014/02/06/Bob-Smizik-Freeman-contract-shows-full-bargain-of-McCutchen-deal/stories/201402060258


    I wrote:

    And, so the money gap widens. If we had Freddie Freeman instead of the Braves, we would've been saying bye bye in a few years. This doesn't bode well for all of the prospective studs we have coming up.

    Bob mentioned Pedro, but Cole is also a Bora$$ client. I doubt he is staying beyond his Pirate years.

    We will have to continue to draft well (despite picking low) and make sure we get good returns on trades of these future free agents. I doubt seriously if we'll be offering up too many QO's.

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  31. Our Olympic athletes are in BIG trouble. Russia just came out with this statement:

    "The level of threat in Sochi is no worse than in New York, Washington or Boston."



    Isn't that a little like saying Aki was no worse than Brandon Wood?

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  32. Night folks, time for dinner and bed. I'm sure I'll have another compelling blog first post tomorrow :) :)

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  33. 1. The Boras argument grows tired IMO. It seems like a lazy answer. There are many Boras clients who have signed reasonable long-term deals. Maybe against his recommendations but they still did it.

    2. Comparing Freeman to Pedro is ridiculous

    3. Of course Cutch is one of the best bargains in baseball. He signed his long-term deal BEFORE he had his breakout season... which is unlike Freeman.

    "When ESPN expert Tim Kurkjian was asked to explain why the Braves gave such a contract to Freeman, one of the first facts he mentioned was that Freeman finished fifth in the 2013 MVP voting. Of course, McCutchen finished first -- and third the year before."



    Ummmmm what??? He is comparing Cutch today to Freeman today... you need to compare Cutch when he signed his deal to Freeman when he signed his.

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  34. "Bob Smizik has a good article up..."



    I read that much and didn't read the rest of your post. :-)

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  35. "No one would dispute McCutchen, despite being three years older than Freeman, is the better long-term asset. "


    Today? Maybe. When Cutch signed his deal vs. when Freeman signed his? Freeman is younger than Cutch was when he signed his deal and coming off of a better season. So yeah, I'd argue against that.

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  36. He blamed them a lot when balls would get through holes that traditional defenses would gotten to. Of course I never saw him praise the shift the many more times they helped him. Seemed like a lot of making excuses to me.

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  37. "To show how fast salaries are spiraling, in 2008, Justin Morneau, also a first baseman, had almost identical service time as Freeman but was coming off not just a good year but an MVP-season with the Minnesota Twins. He signed a six-year deal that averaged $13.3 million."


    What a ridiculous article... Freeman was also two or three years younger than Morneau. It is also 6 years later, so yeah, the average contract has gone up some. But the younger Freeman is only getting about $2M more a year than Morneau did and when it ends he'll STILL be a year younger than Morneau was when his ended. So we're comparing service time but ignoring age.... makes sense.

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  38. Why wouldn't he want to stay in Pgh? I'm surprised that the Pirates wouldn't want a 1b who hits .233 with 15 HRs and plays poor defense.


    What's not to like?


    :)

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  39. Bora$$ is the evil Satan who puts evil thoughts into his clients' heads.

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  40. SIX more days until pitchers and catchers report!!!!!!


    I'm feeling warmer already!!!!

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  41. Just depends on when you sign them. They could have signed Freeman after the 2012 season... probably not after the 2013.


    Same with Cutch... if they'd waited a year I don't think they could have afforded him.

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  42. It's freezing here today. Mother Nature did NOT enjoy my jokes yesterday.

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  43. One of the guys that did do a hometown discount under Boras was Jared Weaver.


    If his older brother wasn't a Boras client do you think he may have gone a different route in terms of his agent?


    These guys know what they're doing when they sign with him. Pedro, Cole, Josh Bell, Mark Appel... they know from day one that they're willing to take risks for more money. And I'm not saying there is anything wrong with that.

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  44. -6 on the prairie right now, warming up from double digits below.

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  45. http://www.sportspickle.com/2014/02/brief-descriptions-winter-olympic-sport



    Winter Olympics start today. If you are unfamiliar with any sports this will help to better describe them to you. :)

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  46. 'One of the guys'....not many, tho.


    Yeh, I know it's your pet peeve, but Bora$$ clients are always going to have that rep. It's not unlike when Barmes goes 3-4. Yeh, it can happen, but the odds are.......


    And, I ain't too optimistic about Cole or Pedro. It is what it is

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  47. aye, matey...that's the trick....too soon or too late. VERY fine line.

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  48. I'm not either but that's not the point.


    Fans and media "blame" Boras... how about we attach that blame to the players? In the end it's their call and as has been proven in the past they are allowed to sign those deals even if he is their agent.

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  49. MY Winter Olympics were held yesterday in my driveway and sidewalk.


    And I failed miserably....

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  50. "Fans and media "blame" Boras"


    and so we should. :) :) :) :)

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  51. Wasn't Glasnow a prep pitcher? If so, I don't see him follwoing the Cole path. (Or do you mean from this year on?)


    Really, we won't know anything until he hits Altoona. Which may or may not be this year.


    He'll turn 21 this August. I can see him maybe coming up in June '17 as a 23 year old.


    No rush to be sure.

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  52. Will we get a spring training announcement that Hurdle's contract has been extended? With Coonelly/Nutting track record from past...it may already have been done and waiting for a writer to find out about it and publish info! :)

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  53. You should know better than to mess with mother nature

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  54. I could see Pedro signing with a New York team for the money and regretting it, like Bonilla. Although, Bobby is still being paid by the Mets so maybe he's happy!!

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  55. Definitely no need to rush as he was really raw when I saw him last year in A ball.



    That being said it just depends on his progress as there is no need to hold him back either.


    If Taillon was as talented as Cole I could have seen him making his MLB debut last year. Glasnow has that type of ability IMO. A 21 year old debut isn't some groundbreaking occurance that never happens. Heck if Cole didn't go to college I bet he would have been ready by age 21.

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  56. It's a long way off but that's my prediction too.

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  57. #5... because nobody really knows how to calculate it.


    Hit F/X will be very helpful in this regard. Frankly though the real answer is a bunch of hard work going through plays and rating them. UZR just doesn't cut it. The stats are well understood and do make sense but leave out a lot. Apparently too much.


    The real answer to this is to go back through a hundred games for a 'good' defense team and a 'bad' defense team and watch all of the plays and try to calculate a differential. So, one pass you look at first base defense. Look at a bad 1b man vs a good 1b man and get percentage of A/B/C throws that each turns into outs. Then walk through each position. Then dump all of the info into a baseball playing simulation that can run through 1000 games in a few seconds and see what comes out.


    This is like several PhD projects and, as usual, the magic isn't the calculation but the collection and summarization of data.

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  58. At 6' 5", 220 can be fairly skinny.

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  59. #10... on the million dollar arm... laugh as you will, the Pirates are learning a ton about how to teach a pitcher how to pitch.


    Though in the end it's all magic (really), there are probably a bunch of cognitive and performance benchmarks along the way which can be used to design exercises that can help.

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  60. Hi all.


    New
    Voice of the Mountain today. I'm concentrating on a delicious little
    film you should try to see when you're all alone some late night.

    HERE is the link to today's Video Vault on the important independent classic from 1962 by Herk Harvey, "Carnival of Souls."

    http://voiceofthemountain.blogspot.com/2014/02/video-vault-carnival-of-souls.html


    I
    have lost the name of the reader who requested this piece and it's been
    about a month or two in the making. Nevertheless, I open the vault to
    your suggestions for treatment in the Vault. Do you have a favorite?
    Let me know.


    Until next time! Enjoy!


    -Wabbit

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  61. #19.... good work... bad choice of words. Entropy? Well, ok. If you put the thesis together I guess you get to name the thing.


    It's always nice when stats and common sense match up but, as always, the magic is in the data, not the calculation.

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  62. Oh good, it's loading again.

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  63. P.S... JAL, swell selection of articles today. Thanks.

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  64. He's got one major thing going for him -- lefthanded pitcher.

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  65. I think the New York media would tear Pedro to pieces.

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  66. <>

    Then do it for a good hitter vs. a bad hitter. My guess is that you'll prefer a good hit/poor field player over a poor hit/good field player if you can't get a good hit/good field guy.

    Just to throw something out there -- I would think that by now the Bucs, in fact any MLB club, would have better statisticians the SABR guys... although the amateurs deserve immense credit for getting the trend started.

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  67. Well, you're trying to isolate the effects of defense only. So you hold all of the other variables even and start playing with the defense variables one at a time to see their effect.


    What the teams have is a lot more data. They pay people to create those 1B man throw pickup databases so that someone else can do the calculations.

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  68. I'm not saying mix them in the same simulation, just do one like it to see the effect of offense only -- and then compare the two.

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  69. Ok, new posts loading... replies not so much.

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  70. Working fine on the prairie -- wonder if it's at the ISP level.

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  71. Actually replies just started working after I refreshed. Glad to see it back to normal.

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  72. I think that I remember reading somewhere when Weaver signed that extension, he was being strongly advised by Boras to not do it but said that that is where he wanted to be so he (Weaver) forced the issue.

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  73. Me too. He is so reserved he actually gets beat up for it from Pittsburgh fans.


    When he struggled and wouldn't get "angry" enough all people would talk about is how he didn't care. Not that anyone actually knows him... just going off of his outward reactions. That always bothered me.

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  74. MLB Network is saying that some insiders are saying that AJ has a bad taste still in his mouth after his time in NY and wants to pitch in the NL.

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  75. Bad taste in his mouth from the AL, bad taste in his mouth from being skipped in Game 5, bad taste in his mouth from shifts.... that's a lot of bad tasting things. :)

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  76. I saw it go up…. wonder if others can also?

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  77. I finished. Must be in better shape than I thought. Not an ache or pain today

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  78. Yep, appears to be working again.

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  79. IF The 2012 Jones returns , we will all be bowing down to DD.

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  80. Yep, remember the same stories and quotes from Weaver about how that was more money than multiple generations of his family would need. Hence why I don't like the storylines that the players are like victims of Boras who have no free will.

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  81. Maybe he needs the latest tastebud transplant surgery?

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  82. "Jon Morosi ‏@jonmorosi 4m

    A.J. Burnett's entry to free agent marketplace seems to be impacting other 1- and 2-year candidates (Capuano, Maholm, et al)."



    Morosi making it sound like it is no rumor or source... but AJ is definitely on the open market.

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  83. My power is on, and posts are showing.


    I refuse to answer the second part of your question…


    :-)

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  84. It's probably the same competitive spirit that we love that frustrates him when things don't go his way.

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  85. They should buy him some mouthwash

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  86. "Jon Morosi ‏@jonmorosi 1m

    One factor in Stephen Drew market: Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz will be eligible to sign later this month. (more)"



    Hard to believe how many guys there are still out there. Very odd year.

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  87. Tracy Ringolsby (MLB.com) is now on MLB Network talking Pirates/Hurdle. So far, he's had this to say:


    1. Hurdle isn't worried about his contract and will likely have his option exercised during ST.


    2. Thinks that Hurdle has brought some life to the team and will get a little more leeway as a result.


    3. He (TR) would offer him a 3-5 year deal and just move him somewhere else if the Pirates are faltering with him as a manager but keep him in the org

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  88. He needs a primanit's

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  89. I guess the thing that I wonder about is that the Pirates keep getting reclamation projects - guys that did good years ago and we hope they will return to their good years. Some of the 1st baseman's names that come up seem to fit that category. So, my thought is that if they want - guys that had a couple off years, maybe Jones will have a year like 2012.

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  90. I have a bad taste still in my mouth from when he showed up Searage. Or Barmes.

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  91. Paul (PA)

    Pirates getting 25 million from league and something like 19 million from new TV deal. After the first winning season in decades, what are they doing with a $70 million payroll? They should sign Jimenez and Santana, and with 44 million sitting around, they could do it.

    Klaw

    (1:56 PM)

    No, they shouldn't, because that would be incredibly stupid - giving up two draft picks for two high-beta pitchers, neither of whom would make the team a dramatically better bet to make the playoffs given their uncertainty.

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  92. Watching a 1971 season in review on MLB Network and they just showed a stat that there were 33 pitchers with 250+ innings pitched which was 24% of all starters.

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  93. Some more klaw chat:

    "Pat (PHX)

    Is Trevor Bauer still a prospect?

    Klaw

    (1:22 PM)

    Yes. Catch him on the right day and you'll see all the stuff and flashes of what made him the 3rd overall pick. (Can I point out, again, that he was the trendy stats-over-scouts pick in that draft class, when plenty of people, myself included, argued Cole was better despite inferior numbers? I can't? Darn. Maybe some other time.) Bauer is his own worst enemy. His delivery just keeps regressing."

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  94. Also Pedro will be 29 his first free agent year... A 29 year old 3B will get a HUGE contract why give up a couple FA years to the Pirates making him 31 when it's time for his big deal...

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  95. That's like saying a Satanist is evil because Satan is evil... Uh that guy chose to become a Satanist, he was probably a little evil beforehand...

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  96. Foo will love this one.

    "Mike (Pittsburgh)

    A lot of people here were surprised you had Glasnow (20) over Taillon (27) in your Top 100. I don't see 7 spots as much of a difference, but some question whether Glasnow will harness his control or end up in the bullpen. Do you share that concern, at all?

    Klaw

    (1:48 PM)

    I don't think he ends up in the pen - too much stuff, still growing and developing. I think Taillon, while very good, has become overrated because he was a very high pick (over Machado!), throws very hard, and is just generally famous."

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  97. The nice thing is that in time we know the answers

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  98. Yowsers in me trousers!

    How about this stat line that they are showing now?

    Fergie Jenkins
    39 GS
    30 CG
    325 IP
    24-13
    2.77 ERA

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  99. Hold on....those don't actually compare to one Mickey Lolich:


    45 GS
    29 CG
    376 IP
    25-14
    308 Ks

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  100. From 1947 through 1963 Warren Spahn threw over 250 innings every year except for 1955 when he only threw 245

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  101. When the Gunner said the Bucs were facing "Ferguson Jenkins and his orchestra," I knew it would be a tough game!

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  102. That is simply astonishing by today's standards.

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  103. I thought these two questions and answers kind of intertwined. On one hand many were calling for the Pirates to draft Bauer because of his stats and he was closer to MLB ready... looks like the Pirates made the right move. On the other many wanted Machado and early indications are they were right on that one.

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  104. Go way back to Cy Young who through over 300 innings for 15 straight years, 5 of them over 400 innings

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  105. Geez oh wiz! That season produced some amazing feats.

    The Big Red Machine gets no-hit twice in span of 22 days with the second one being a pretty impressive game for the Phillies' pitcher, Rick Wise.


    Not only did Wise no-hit the Reds, he also when 2-4 with 2 HRs and 3 RBI in the 4-0 win.

    After the season, he (Wise) was traded for some guy named Carlton.

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  106. I agree. It's the player who decides where he wants to go not the agent. If Pedro wants to stay in Pittsburgh, he'll tell Boras, get me the best deal you can, but I want to stay. With Pedro, I think, unfortunately for him, he will be tempted to go back to New York for both the money and because it's home. Although, his wife is from Tennessee she also has some roots in Arizona. So , who knows?

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  107. Former Pirate and MLB great Ralph Kiner has Died

    RIP Mr. Kiner

    New York Mets ‏@Mets

    Statement from #Mets Chairman and CEO Fred Wilpon on the passing of Ralph Kiner. pic.twitter.com/7l1LC8Y0aR

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  108. Terrible news. He definitely lived a heck of a life.

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  109. http://www.baseball-almanac.com/quotes/quokiner.shtml



    Some quotes from Kiner.

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  110. Ralph Kiner led the National League in HRs each of his first 7 seasons with the @Pirates. He finished with 369 HRs over his 10-year career.

    Ralph Kiner was the only player in history to lead his league in homers seven years in a row. He did it his first seven years in the league.

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  111. MLB Network ‏@MLBNetwork
    Stay tuned for an @MLBNetwork Special Report on the passing of #HOF outfielder and broadcaster Ralph Kiner at 4pE. pic.twitter.com/rorB2dQSwN

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  112. One of the greats, Sad but he had a fine and long life.

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  113. It would be nice if they could extend Cutch, Cole, Marte, Polanco and hopefully a few other young stars when the time comes... assuming they play up to potential, of course.

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  114. Going to beat BFFL here--almost 3 hours into a crock pot of root vegetables roasting. Bit of salt and pepper and olive oil with garlic, onions, potatoes, turnips, celeriac, carrots, and parsnips.

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  115. Bucco Fan For LifeFebruary 6, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Nicely done!

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  116. "@Aldo_Monti Kiner hit 51-40-54-47-42 homers from 47-51. He K'd 81-61-61-79-57 times in those seasons. THAT. IS. NUTS."


    Pedro may end up being the third Pirate to ever hit 40 HR's but I seriously doubt he stays in the K range.


    Wowser in me trousers!

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  117. Pittsburgh Pirates ‏@Pirates
    Statement from #Pirates President Frank Coonelly on the passing of Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner http://atmlb.com/1ivGwvE pic.twitter.com/9mqVhwrbkL

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  118. Astros have DFA'd Brett Wallace, I'd like to see the Bucs get ahold of him. He'd be a better option for 1B vs RHP than Lambo. Would prefer a upgrade over both of them, but Wallace definitely better than Lambo.

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  119. A guy who had his shot for the last 3 years with the worst team in MLB and couldn't hack it is better than Lambo? I get that Lambo might not be the ideal option at 1B, but how bad do you expect him to be so that Wallace is a significant upgrade?

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  120. Marty, he is a younger version of G Jones??

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  121. Marty, be patient- there will be options for 1b coming- Seattle has about 4 on their roster, Texas has too many, as well as the Mets.. Keep your powder dry- too early to combust...

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  122. I expect Lambo to be in the running for worst everyday player in the Majors next year. Horrible defense, not much pop, an OPS of, maybe, .630ish.

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  123. I just don't see them doing anything. For whatever reason the front office seems content with this roster.

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  124. Lots of low K rates back then.

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  125. Yeah, that's a pretty low expectation, alright.


    I think it's pretty unrealistic, too. An AAAA-level player would do better than that. I have trouble saying that Lambo is no better than AAAA level.

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  126. That was one interesting thing about a question in the comments of that article. It seemed Tabata was worse defensively in RF in PNC Park than in other parks.

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  127. Pitchers and catchers haven't reported yet but you're in mid-season form Marty. ;)

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  128. Brett Wallace was ranked #27 best prospect in 2010, had awesome minor league numbers (in the PCL) and didn't do so much in four years with the Astros in the Majors. You never know.

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  129. I know Keith Law before that draft thought they should have taken Machado 2nd. He had Taillon third in that draft though.

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  130. Just angers me to no extent to see the team have such an awesome season, and then get worse in the offseason.

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  131. Worth a shot. If he stinks in Spring Training, then cut ties. But he's a safer bet than Lambo, IMO, in terms of which one is most likely to help the Bucs this year.

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  132. Lambo = Steve Pearce 2.0, IMO. Except, unlike Pearce, Lambo stunk at AA for 5 years before having his come out of nowhere mash season in the minors.

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  133. Sounds like Foo last year, just replaced Gomez with Lambo :)

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  134. I don't know how good Lambo really is but, if it does turn out he's the co-starting first baseman, he's going to benefit from the platoon and only face righties. They went after Loney, but he wanted to stay in TB. The other options had their risks and costs. I wasn't for throwing Lambo in the middle of a playoff race, but I've got an open mind until we get to see him against A pitching.

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  135. Hopefully Lambo works out the sameway! :-)

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  136. The Loney thing frustrated me, Bucs offered more money but he wanted that extra year. Wish the Bucs would have offered a 3rd year. I would've loved Davis, but not for Kingham.

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