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Friday, June 14, 2019

Ice Cube Is Making A Movie About Dock Ellis’ LSD No-Hitter

One of baseball’s most famously outrageous games is headed to the big screen with the help of Ice Cube.

On June 12, 1970 — exactly 47 years ago — pitcher Dock Ellis threw a no-hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates while high on LSD. You’ve heard the story before, but now we’ve learned that Ice Cube plans to retell it as a motion picture with his son in the starring role.

Bote Man Posted: June 14, 2019 at 08:12 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dock ellis, lsd, movies, pirates

Is Chris Archer Broken? - MLB Trade Rumors

As much as Archer has struggled this season, his pre-Pittsburgh track record earns him some benefit of the doubt. Considering what he accomplished as a Ray, it would be unwise to say Archer’s never going to rebound. However, it doesn’t appear his new sinker-heavy approach is working, nor does his once-bargain contract look all that appealing anymore. With $20MM in team options over the next two years ($9MM in 2020, $11MM in ’21), Archer’s not going to crush the Pirates’ payroll structure. However, as a low-budget team, they can’t afford to have one of their most expensive players continue to falter.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2019 at 06:02 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: chris archer, pirates

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Five takeaways from the Pirates’ Day 1 draft haul | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

1. Quinn Priester fits the mold

Tall, athletic, two-sport, right-handed prep pitcher? Yup. The Pirates have selected similar players before, most recently Braxton Ashcraft, their second-round pick last year out of a Texas high school. Like Ashcraft, Priester, the Pirates’ first-round pick at 18th overall, was an accomplished wide receiver. His high school, Cary-Grove, won the 2018 Illinois Class 6A state championship.

“We continued to follow down and stay true to our board and stay true to our beliefs and core values,” Pirates amateur scouting director Joe DelliCarri said. “Quinn definitely fit that when it came time to make the selection.”

The Pirates like multi-sport athletes (Priester also played basketball before giving it up when he reached high school) because they don’t pitch year-round, which means their arms have time to rest. Though there is no definitive formula for keeping young pitchers healthy, pitching while fatigued is a surefire way to get hurt; the Andrews Sports Medicine Institute recommends adolescent pitchers take at least two months and preferably four off from throwing each year.

“You see it in these multi-sport athletes. Matt Gorski played a lot of soccer,” DelliCarri said. “You see that as well in his movements on the grass and in the outfield. … In this group of four, we clearly see those movements that have translated into baseball athleticism very well.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2019 at 08:09 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, rule 4 draft

Monday, May 27, 2019

Pirates GM asks MLB to allow re-entry after concussion tests

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pirates general manager Neal Huntington wants Major League Baseball to consider changing its concussion assessment system to allow for player re-entry after exiting a game for concussion testing.

Huntington offered the suggestion Sunday, a day after Pittsburgh catcher Francisco Cervelli suffered a head injury.

Cervelli was struck by the barrel of Joc Pederson’s broken bat with two outs in the fourth inning. After being assessed on the field by a trainer, he remained in the game before removing himself in the bottom of the inning after briefly stepping into the batter’s box.

I have to wonder if this is answering, in an indirect way, why the Pirates missed the opportunity they had a half-decade ago….

QLE Posted: May 27, 2019 at 06:59 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, concussions, francisco cervelli, neal huntington, pirates

Monday, May 20, 2019

Pirates’ Josh Bell proving critics wrong with breakout season

It’s like vacationing in Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower, traveling to San Francisco without seeing the Golden Gate Bridge, or traveling to the Grand Canyon, without, well, looking into the canyon.

Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell, a Texas native, spent his entire past winter in Newport Beach, California ... and never went to the beach.

Snubbed the nightclubs.

Skipped the fine dining.

Oh, but he can tell you all about the batting cages, workout facilities, practice fields and health-food spots in Southern California.

“I didn’t go there on vacation,’’ Bell told USA TODAY Sports. “I went there for work.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2019 at 09:06 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: josh bell, pirates

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Let’s check in with that scout who trashed Josh Bell

A couple months ago, as various publications were putting out their season previews, Sports Illustrated briefly captured our collective attention when it quoted an anonymous scout who seemed to really have it in for Pirates first baseman Josh Bell. The scout said, “Josh Bell can’t play. He’s not a good defender. He’s a big lump. He has bad agility, bad footwork. He can’t run. Supposedly he’s a big power threat, but he hit 12 home runs at first base. This is not a kid! This is his third year in the big leagues! I don’t think he’s got the ability to get better.”

By the way, the scout railed against Bell when asked other questions that weren’t even about the first baseman. He said Bell was the Pirates’ biggest bust candidate, called him a “5 o’clock hitter,” (meaning Bell hits well in batting practice but not in games) suggested he wouldn’t want Bell in his clubhouse, and wouldn’t want Bell at the plate in a season-definining moment. When asked which player is the Pirates’ most underrated, the scout named Adam Frazier, saying, “He hit 10 home runs in half the at-bats of Bell and is a pretty good contact hitter.”

Mind you, given that there are still roughly three-quarters of the season left to go, there is still time for changes to take place….

 

QLE Posted: May 16, 2019 at 04:08 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: josh bell, pirates, scouting reports

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Josh Bell show continues as Pirates defeat Diamondbacks, 6-2 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“It’s incredible. Hitting’s not that easy,” said starter Joe Musgrove, who allowed one hit in seven scoreless innings. “He’s not just going up there and getting lucky, or getting cookies. You see the difference he’s made this year in his commitment and dedication, his routine throughout the day. He’s prepared better than anybody in this clubhouse and anybody in the league right now. It’s really fun to watch and I’m really glad he’s on our team.”

Bell’s 12 home runs in 167 plate appearances this year equaled the 12 he hit in 583 plate appearances last season. He has a .401 on-base percentage and a .692 slugging percentage, behind only Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich in all of baseball, to go with his .329 average. He ranks tied for 12th in Major League Baseball in FanGraphs’ version of Wins Above Replacement.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 15, 2019 at 08:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: josh bell, pirates

Friday, April 19, 2019

Harding ‘Pete’ Peterson: General manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates during its World Series triumph, ‘a brilliant baseball mind,’ started as Rutgers catcher

Baseball lost one of their biggest icons in a trade with God on April 16, 2019 when Harding “Pete” Peterson passed away peacefully at the age of 89.

Pete will be remembered as a brilliant baseball mind, who as general manager, coordinated the World Series winning 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates. At earlier positions with the Pirates, he also was part of the championship teams of 1960 and 1971. Pete entered his baseball career as a catcher for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights when they headed to the college World Series in 1950. He was later drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates and went on to become general manager for the organization. He also had the privilege of being general manager for the NY Yankees.

Pete was born in Perth Amboy, N.J., on Oct. 17, 1929. He graduated from Rutgers University and later was inducted into the Rutgers Hall of Fame in recognition of his contributions to baseball. After retirement, Pete moved to Palm Harbor, Fla., where he enjoyed the warm weather, golfing and the daily camaraderie of friends and neighbors.

RIP.

QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 09:45 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: general manager, pete peterson, pirates, rip

Monday, April 08, 2019

Yasiel Puig Tried To Fight All Of Pittsburgh After Pirates Pitcher Chris Archer Threw Behind Derek Dietrich

Having been traded to an entirely new division in the offseason, Yasiel Puig needed to find a new rival to brawl with now that the trips to San Francisco would be far and few between. Luckily for him, the Pittsburgh Pirates gave him an excuse on Sunday to throw hands against what seemed like the entire roster.

The brawl kicked off in the top of the fourth when Pirates pitcher Chris Archer intentionally threw behind Cincinnati’s Derek Dietrich. Dietrich’s crime? Staring at a home run he hit in the top of the second a little too long for Archer’s liking.

Rather than using the experience to realize he should throw fewer bad pitches, Archer retaliated the only way an overly sensitive pitcher knew how and forced both benches to clear.

Yasiel Puig: Fighting Round The World!

 

QLE Posted: April 08, 2019 at 09:48 AM | 132 comment(s)
  Beats: brawls, pirates, yasiel puig

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Pirates to add OF Cabrera, LHP Liriano to 25-man roster

The Pittsburgh Pirates will add veterans Melky Cabrera and Francisco Liriano to their Opening Day roster, the team announced Saturday.

Both players had been with the Pirates on minor-league deals during spring training. Pittsburgh is expected to clear at least one spot on its 40-man roster by placing right-hander Edgar Santana on the 60-day injured list.

Cabrera, 34, provides Pittsburgh with a switch-hitting option off the bench and an occasional starter at the corner outfield spots. He is a .286 lifetime hitter with 137 home runs and 807 RBIs in 1,754 career games with seven big-league teams.

No matter how bad the free-agent market, these two manage to make it through….

 

QLE Posted: March 24, 2019 at 07:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco liriano, melky cabrera, pirates

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Pirates’ Dickerson proud about his defensive improvement

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Corey Dickerson came to the Pittsburgh Pirates with the reputation of being a good hitter and poor defender.

The starting designated hitter for the AL in the 2017 All-Star Game while with Tampa Bay, Dickerson was used in the outfield in only 93 games last year.

Traded to the Pirates, he committed one error in 266 total chances last year and won a Gold Glove award for his play in left field.

 

QLE Posted: March 13, 2019 at 07:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: corey dickerson, defense, pirates

Monday, March 04, 2019

Pirates get ‘ahead of the curve’ on fueling player performance | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Each nutritionist is responsible for 25 players, several coaches, and support staff. Everyone has different needs and some have allergies. A lot goes into making sure everyone eats a balanced meal and has enough to take home. How does all this happen? Maurer provides a simple answer.

“Money,” Maurer said. “The team has invested a lot of money and resources in this. Each team has a good budget for meals. We need money to make that happen. The organization was willing to allow us to spend more to get better quality food. The quality of stuff we’ve been able to get is way better than it’s been in the past.”

“I don’t know another team that has a nutritionist that travels with each of the minor-league teams. Most of the time, it’s a clubhouse guy getting it even on the big-league level. To have a trained nutritionist is important. We ask these guys to perform, so we have to fuel them.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 04, 2019 at 09:29 AM | 143 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, player development

Sunday, March 03, 2019

Pirates pitchers working behind the scenes by design | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It might be good for the pitchers but it can’t be good for people paying for tickets.

Pirates fans hoping to see their favorite starting pitchers in action won’t have to wait much longer.

Right-handers Jameson Taillon, Chris Archer, Trevor Williams and Joe Musgrove, the core of the ballclub’s biggest strength, have been noticeably absent through Pittsburgh’s first nine spring training games of 2019.

The talented crew isn’t taking the spring off. They are simply working behind the scenes by design.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 03, 2019 at 10:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

Thursday, February 21, 2019

The reality of the Pirates business model: ‘We’re always going to have limitations’ – The Athletic

A lot of the criticisms by players about teams not paying veterans is a lot of hogwash. Regarding the Pirates payroll history, I can’t believe ownership is really committed to winning. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure they want to win. They just don’t want to spend money to actually help do it.

Could the declining attendance stem from a perception that the front office and ownership are not committed to doing whatever it takes to win?

I don’t want to guess or speculate for someone else, for what they believe or feel. What I absolutely do know is that the front office and ownership are absolutely committed, and we’re working really hard to field what we believe is a better team, a good team, an improving team that has the opportunity to win in 2019. … I feel good about the players we do have. There’s always going to be players we don’t have. I’m focused on the players we do have.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2019 at 06:42 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

Nutting: pricey free agent would imbalance Pirates payroll

Having watched the San Diego Padres reach a $300 million, 10-year deal with Manny Machado, Pirates owner Bob Nutting doesn’t think it makes sense Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington to add a pricey free agent.

A huge salary could cause the portion paid to one player to be “overweight.”

“You get an imbalanced payroll, that you have much more challenging team dynamic, much more challenging clubhouse dynamic, much more limitation in crafting an overall roster that can bring a championship,” Nutting said Wednesday. “I’m not sure that that necessarily makes a team a team more competitive and more ready to win a championship.”

Of course, as the full article implies, this is a bit rich coming from the folk who throw nickles around like they were manhole covers….

 

QLE Posted: February 21, 2019 at 04:26 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: bob nutting, cheapskate, pirates

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Now one level away from majors, Cole Tucker looks to make an impact | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Jordy Mercer is the line. Do you take the over or the under?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 20, 2019 at 06:07 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cole tucker, pirates

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Garth Brooks in spring training with Pittsburgh Pirates

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Garth Brooks has come out of baseball retirement.

The country music legend will spend just over a week participating in spring training with the Pittsburgh Pirates, reporting Monday with the pitchers and catchers.

The 57-year-old has previously been in the camps of the San Diego Padres (1999), New York Mets (2000) and Kansas City Royals (2004). His workouts start Thursday.

Mr. Brooks later admitted that he considered trying this for the Marlins, but decided not to when he realized he had an alarmingly high possibility of making it on their opening-day roster.

 

QLE Posted: February 12, 2019 at 05:37 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: garth brooks, pirates, spring training

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Frankie’s back: Pirates give Liriano minor league contract

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Francisco Liriano is back with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The 35-year-old left-hander agreed to a minor league contract with the team on Monday that includes an invitation to big league camp.

He pitched for Pittsburgh from 2013-16, going 41-36 with a 3.67 ERA and 659 strikeouts in 107 starts. He earned the victory in Pittsburgh’s win over Cincinnati in the 2013 NL wild card game, allowing one run over seven innings.

The Comeback Kid comes back one more time.

QLE Posted: February 05, 2019 at 04:36 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: comeback, francisco liriano, pirates

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Pirates great Steve Blass to stop broadcasting after 2019 season

A journalistic cardinal sin was committed and pardoned on Tuesday. No cheering in the press box is a rule that’s typically never broken. Unless its Pirates color commentator and 1971 World Series hero Steve Blass telling a packed press conference room that his 34th season will be last behind the mic.

“It’s time for me to stop and smell the roses. I’ve driven by the roses many times over the last 60 years, but now it’s time to stop and smell them,” Blass said. “It’s been a wonderful run. My wife, Karen, and I decided that it was time for me to slow down. I’m going to do the whole season, [then] I’ll be in a reduced role as an ambassador with the organization.”

Blass regaled a large contingent of media members and friends with a riveting speech that went a little over 30 minutes. After he was done, Blass received one of several rousing ovations during the day.

QLE Posted: January 16, 2019 at 08:25 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcaster, pirates, retirement, steve blass

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Castrovince: Counsell, Donnelly share special bond

Pretty great story. 

“Craig is part of our family,” Donnelly says.

It’s a family that lost a precious member far too soon, but has become spiritually strengthened by an event in 1997 that still, to this day, overwhelms those who hear about it. It’s a story that, as Counsell himself says, “screams Disney movie.”

“Anybody I’ve ever told the story to ... they’re blown away,” Counsell says. “You can bring people to tears just by telling the story.”

* * * * *

The story begins with five words that, when strung together, sound nothing short of nonsensical:

“The chicken runs at midnight.”

Guapo Posted: January 19, 2012 at 12:31 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: miami, pirates

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Ryan Ludwick to join Reds

Puzzling strategy. With Ludwick, Chris Heisey, Drew Stubbs, and Jay Bruce, aren’t the Reds outfielders going to wilt in the hot sun due to their skin color?

Ryan Ludwick and the Cincinnati Reds agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract Monday, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday night because the deal was pending a physical and no announcement had been made by the team.

An All-Star in 2008 with St. Louis, the 33-year-old Ludwick was traded from San Diego to Pittsburgh at the July 31 deadline last season. He batted a combined .237 with 13 homers and 75 RBIs.

Ludwick could give the Reds the right-handed bat they’ve been seeking to complement lefty sluggers Joey Votto and Jay Bruce. He figures to see playing time in left field, a spot filled mostly by Chris Heisey down the stretch last season after Cincinnati traded Jonny Gomes to Washington in late July.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 17, 2012 at 12:07 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, pirates, reds

Sunday, January 15, 2012

MLB Trade Rumors: Bartolo Colon Agrees to Sign With Unknown Team

Bartolo Colon has agreed to a deal with an unknown club reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (on Twitter). The right-hander wouldn’t divulge the team because he has not yet passed his physical.

Pretty sure it’s either the All-Stars or the Champs.


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Cubs sign Paul Maholm, reports Paul Maholm

It’s otherwise unconfirmed, but it seems like you should only need the one source when it’s actually the guy himself.

Just wanna say thank u to everyone that has cheered for me during my career as a Pirate. I loved my last six plus years in the city.

I hope to get to continue some things when I visit during the year and start some great things as I start my Cubs career.

Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: January 10, 2012 at 07:44 AM | 150 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, pirates

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

The Kick Is Good!

Jack Wilson seems to be having fun on vacation.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: January 04, 2012 at 09:30 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, mariners, pirates

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Sickels: Pittsburgh Pirates Top 20 Prospects for 2012

1) Gerrit Cole, RHP, Grade A: Cole can be enigmatic and sometimes gets hit harder than he should given the quality of his stuff, but he’s still a Grade A prospect. At his best he throws strikes with three excellent pitches, and I think he’ll get more consistent. Looked great in Arizona Fall League, except for the disaster in the Rising Stars game.

2) Jameson Taillon, RHP, Grade A-: They are being very careful with his workload. As he incorporates his secondary pitches more often and builds his stamina, I expect greater dominance. Still struck out more than a hitter per inning even with restrictions on secondary pitch use.

3) Josh Bell, OF, Grade B+: Switch-hitter, should develop 30+-homer power and a high OBP. Pure hitting skills solid too. We’ll have to see about his defense and I want some pro data, but I’m very optimistic about him.

4) Starling Marte, OF, Grade B: Borderline B+. Hit well in Double-A, starting to develop more power, despite poor strike zone judgment. Superior defense. Still raw, needs a year of Triple-A, a wide range of possible outcomes, could become an All-Star, a mediocre regular, or a fourth outfielder.

5) Robbie Grossman, OF, Grade B: If he had fulfilled his commitment to the University of Texas, 2011 would have been his draft year. I know he was repeating High-A, but a player jumping from the college ranks to High-A, hitting .294/.418/.451, then ripping up the Arizona Fall League would be getting an awful lot of praise, not skepticism. I also think that Grossman’s tools are better than commonly reported. I expect he’ll provide gap power with some speed and a high OBP, and that’s valuable.

Thanks to Bucco Barnald.

Repoz Posted: December 25, 2011 at 01:57 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, pirates, prospect reports, scouting

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