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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Andrew McCutchen exits with knee discomfort | MLB.com

“If a knee can get a cramp, that’s what it felt like,” McCutchen said. “Your knee kind of locks up. You wait for it to go away, it goes away. That’s what I was trying to do—wait for it to go away—and it never went away. I knew if I tried to run, I’d be base-to-base. Next thing I know, I’ve got some angry fans screaming, ‘Why didn’t Cutch score?’”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2017 at 10:42 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mccutchen, pirates

Monday, July 31, 2017

Dodgers trade for Yu Darvish, bolster bullpen | MLB.com

Los Angeles sent right-handed pitcher Angel German and infielder Oneil Cruz, who was the team’s No. 21-ranked prospect, to the Pirates for Watson.

and

The Dodgers sent outfielder Scott Van Slyke and another [Hendrik Clementina] to the Reds for Cingrani, 28. Cingrani was a third-round pick of the Reds in 2011, and he will not be eligible for free agency until 2020. He has a 5.40 ERA in 25 games. He missed May with an oblique strain, and he has allowed nine earned runs in his last 5 2/3 innings.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2017 at 06:04 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, pirates, reds, trades

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Adjustments Andrew McCutchen Made | FanGraphs Baseball

Exhibit 3456: Baseball is a game of adjustments.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2017 at 01:35 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mccutchen, pirates

Friday, July 21, 2017

Why all the rest for the Pirates? Clint Hurdle explains | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

This article convinced me that I need a nap.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2017 at 01:57 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

The Pirates and Cardinals will play in “The Little League Classic” on August 20

Major League Baseball and the MLBPA just announced that the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals will play a special regular season game during the 2017 Little League World Series on Sunday, August 2. It will be called “The Little League Classic” and will be played in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The Pirates will be the home team.

The game, which takes place during the Little League World Series, will air nationally on ESPN at 7pm that night. ESPN, of course, broadcasts the Little League World Series. This is what they call “synergy.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 21, 2017 at 11:47 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, little league, pirates

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Apologetic Starling Marte returns, vows to ‘regain trust’ | TribLIVE

It will be interesting to see how he plays.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 18, 2017 at 11:25 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, starling marte

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Pirates’ Tyler Glasnow impressing in Triple-A | MLB.com

Walking out of manager Clint Hurdle’s office at PNC Park last month, Tyler Glasnow came to a reassuring realization, upsetting as it may have been. The heralded prospect had just been sent down to Triple-A Indianapolis following the first extended disappointing stretch in his professional career.

“It was like, ‘All right, so this is probably as bad as it’s going to get,’” Glasnow said Wednesday, smiling. “I hadn’t really ever done bad. I came down here, and I was like, ‘Whatever. Just pitch well.’”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 08, 2017 at 11:39 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates, tyler glasnow

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Clemente Collection To Be Auctioned At All-Star Game Fanfest

The 2017 FanFest will take place from Friday to Tuesday at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The auctioning of “The Personal Collection of Roberto Clemente” will take place on Tuesday at noon and is run by Hunt Auctions. And spokesman David Hunt said even if fans don’t want to or can’t buy anything, the Clemente items will be displayed like they’re in a museum for fans to enjoy.

Another headline seen in the sidebar at the Miami Herald: MLB Warns About Counterfeit Merchandise During All Star Weekend. Buyer beware.

Bote Man Posted: July 05, 2017 at 08:37 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: auction, collectables, pirates, roberto clemente

Monday, July 03, 2017

Pirates notebook: Andrew McCutchen to keep CF job; Starling Marte says he made ‘a mistake’ | TribLIVE

More info in the article.

“Marte is going to play left field and maybe (play) a game or two in center,” in the minors, Hurdle said. “Marte will come back (to the Pirates) as a left fielder.”

Hurdle was asked if the move was made out of respect to McCutchen, who has enjoyed a renaissance at the plate and in the field during Marte’s absence.

“That’s just where (Marte) needs to fit in,” Hurdle said.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 03, 2017 at 09:02 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

Friday, June 30, 2017

Before Kevin McClatchy came out as gay, he called ‘the midwife’ for help | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A psychology Ph.D. who loves Star Wars and Star Trek, he also felt writing his own book would provide a more holistic picture of his background and accomplishments than leaving his story up to media outlets.

“Far more important than knowing I am gay,” he said, “is knowing I am a geek.”

Bragman knew McClatchy wanted to maintain his sense of self, too, as a golfer, a major sports figure in a town of Rooneys and the chairman of a newspaper chain — who happened to be gay.

“This is a guy who really, really embraced it, changed himself, changed the community,” Bragman said.

And embracing it, McClatchy has found, has turned out to be a relief.

“It was, as I say, a story for a day, and then you move on,” McClatchy said.

After a pause, he added: “In a positive way.”

Indeed, the skies still haven’t fallen.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 30, 2017 at 02:48 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

To combat fly-ball mania, Pirates pitchers are playing along | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

When everybody is zigging, it’s time to start zagging.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 30, 2017 at 02:04 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

Monday, June 26, 2017


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

After 71 games of chaos, inconsistency, Pirates somehow just four games back

The season of competitive balance.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2017 at 08:16 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

Friday, June 09, 2017

‘Bachelor Canada’ will help former MLB pitcher look for love

Former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Chris Leroux didn’t go down swinging when love threw him a curve. The six-year Major League Baseball veteran got right back in the box.

Leroux will look for love on the next season of “Bachelor Canada.” He is, as you might have already guessed, the titular bachelor….

Prior to being a reality show contestant, Leroux spent six seasons in the majors. The majority of his time came with the Pirates, but also pitched for the Florida Marlins and New York Yankees. In 71 2/3 innings, he compiled a career 6.03 ERA. Leroux’s best season came in 2011, when he posted a 2.88 ERA over 25 innings with Pittsburgh.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 09, 2017 at 12:42 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: chris leroux, pirates, reality tv, television, the bachelor

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Brian Kenny on Twitter: “Regarding the Andrew McCutchen comeback: An absence of good news.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2017 at 10:25 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mccutchen, pirates

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Peter Gammons: The Pirates and the depreciating asset of Gerrit Cole - GammonsDaily.com

Most big Scott Boras clients come with an expiration date tag. Sometimes, that free agent promise date seems a distraction; their teams believe it in the cases of Jake Arrieta and Matt Harvey, but it never distracted Max Scherzer from his relentless drive for greatness.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 18, 2017 at 01:55 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: gerrit cole, pirates

Jung Ho Kang’s suspended sentence upheld by South Korean court

A South Korean court on Thursday upheld a suspended prison sentence for Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang over a drunken driving conviction, a ruling that may complicate his plans to rejoin his team this season.

The Seoul Central District Court dismissed Kang’s appeal of a suspended eight-month prison sentence over charges of fleeing the scene after crashing a car into the guardrail while driving drunk in December, a court official said. The court official didn’t want to be named, citing office rules.

Kang had sought to lower the punishment to a fine. His lawyers have called the suspended prison term issued in March as a potential “death sentence” to his career, blaming it for visa issues that have prevented him from rejoining the Pirates. The team weeks later put Kang on the restricted list as visa issues continued to delay him.

The court in had suspended the sentence for two years following his third DUI conviction in South Korea since 2009. A suspended sentence means Kang will only face jail time if he is charged with DUI again in the next two years.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 18, 2017 at 09:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dui, jung ho kang, legal, pirates

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Red-hot Astros remain aggressive in their search for more pitching

The Astros remain interested in adding a starting pitcher and also are likely to pursue a left-handed reliever before the July 31 nonwaiver deadline, major-league sources say.

No trade is expected soon – trade discussions generally do not accelerate until after the amateur draft in June and sellers likely will maintain high asking prices until late July.

But the Astros, who began the season with the game’s third-best farm system, according to Baseball America, are in position to pursue virtually any player who becomes available.

The Pirates, currently in last place in the NL Central at 16-23, have two pitchers who intrigue the Astros, sources say – right-hander Gerrit Cole, who is under control through 2019, and left-handed closer Tony Watson, who is a free agent at the end of the season.

It is not yet clear if the Pirates will be sellers, or if they would be willing to move Cole. But with center fielder Andrew McCutchen batting only .206 with a .670 OPS, a trade of Cole might be the Pirates’ best chance of landing significant value in a season that looks increasingly lost.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 17, 2017 at 11:05 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, gerrit cole, pirates, tony watson, trade rumors

Monday, May 08, 2017

Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon suspected to have testicular cancer

Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon underwent surgery Monday morning for suspected testicular cancer.

The right-hander had the surgery at Allegheny General Hospital.

After alerting the team’s medical staff of an abnormality, Taillon consulted with Dr. John C. Lyne over the weekend. Lyne performed the surgery.

The recommended treatment plan for Taillon is pending further testing.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 08, 2017 at 09:53 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: cancer, jameson taillon, pirates

In-Market Streaming Of Mariners, Astros, Pirates, And Rockies Games Arrives Via ROOT Sports

Fans of the Seattle Mariners, Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Colorado Rockies can now watching games in-market as the AT-&T Sports Network-owned ROOT SPORTS family of regoinal sports networks announced today that digital streaming is now available. The deal that was announced in March, along with NESN airing Red Sox games, hit a technical snag with authentication services had the networks targeting May as the roll-out, and today, that came to fruition.

The deal between ROOT Sports and MLB Advanced Media will come with no additional cost to authenticated pay TV subscribers of ROOT SPORTS distribution partners.

All games on the networks will be made available to distributors’ authenticated customers and MLBAM will authenticate ROOT SPORTS viewers on MLB.com, team websites and MLB At Bat, as ROOT SPORTS continues to develop a platform of their own to deliver the games to viewers.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 08, 2017 at 04:39 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, mariners, pirates, rockies, root sports, streaming

Friday, May 05, 2017

Struggling Polanco still hitting cleanup | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

I really thought he was due to break out this year. Luckily there is still a lot of season left.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 05, 2017 at 10:20 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: gregory polanco, pirates

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Gift Ngoepe, First-Ever African-Born MLB Player, Got A Hit In His First Career At-Bat

The South Africa native has been with the Pirates organization since 2008, and he’s considered the club’s best defensive prospect. He took the field for the Pirates this evening, coming in at second base in the fourth inning and becoming the first African-born player to play in the majors. In his very first major-league at-bat, he singled up the middle on a 3-1 count.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: April 27, 2017 at 11:54 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: africa, international players, pirates

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Cut4:  The Pirates called up Dovydas Neverauskas, the first born-and-raised Lithuanian in MLB history

At 6’3”, he was probably deemed too small to play basketball in the NBA-crazy country.

Just before the start of Monday night’s game against the Cubs, the Pirates announced that they were calling up rookie pitcher Dovydas Neverauskas to take the roster spot of Adam Frazier, who went to the DL. Neverauskas made history while throwing two innings of one-run ball, becoming the first person born and raised in Lithuania to make the Major Leagues.

Neverauskas hails from Vilnius, Lithuania, where his father, Virmidas, encouraged him to learn and play the game despite its relative anonymity. He attended European Academy baseball camps in Italy and was signed by the Pirates in July 2009—another first for a Lithuanian-born player.

After his debut on Monday, Neverauskas talked to MLB.com’s Adam Berry about what it meant for his home country. “Better opportunities. Just to see that baseball can be played in Lithuania, somebody can follow in my footsteps,” he said.

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: April 25, 2017 at 08:27 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: pirates

Thursday, April 20, 2017

David Freese, World Series hero, finds greater triumph in depression battle

He may forever be a hero in these parts, but during a time he should have been basking in glory, he instead was a tormented man who battled just to get out of bed.

He would wake up mornings, slam his eye lids shut, wishing he were dead.

“I was depressed. I was always depressed,’’ Freese tells USA TODAY Sports. “I never tried to do anything to myself, but I didn’t care about my life. I didn’t care what would happen to me. It was almost to a point that if this is my time, so be it?

“And there was definitely a lack of care about my well-being at certain times, for sure.’’

Freese says he has battled depression his entire life, a factor in his decision to relinquish a college scholarship after high school to Missouri. He instead just wanted to be like any other student, giving him plenty of time for partying and alcohol. There were three public drunken-driving incidents, including a December 2009 arrest in which his blood alcohol content was measured at .23, nearly three times the legal limit.

Those episodes barely scratch the surface. There was the Thanksgiving Day afternoon in 2012 when he crashed his Range Rover into a tree. The countless mornings he awoke and had no recollection of even getting into bed. The blackouts. The constant feeling of lethargy and fatigue.

“I’ve had moments like that since high school, to be honest,’’ Freese says. “It’s been 15-plus years of, ‘I can’t believe I’m still here.’ ’’

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 20, 2017 at 05:41 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, david freese, depression, mental health, pirates

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Pirates OF Starling Marte gets 80-game ban after positive PED test

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, it was announced Tuesday.

“The Pittsburgh Pirates fully support MLB’s Joint Drug Agreement, including the very tough penalties for violations of its prohibitions,” Pirates president Frank Coonelly said in a statement. “We are disappointed that Starling put himself, his teammates and the organization in this position. We will continue to fight for the division title with the men who are here and will look forward to getting Starling back after the All-Star break.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 18, 2017 at 03:01 PM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: ped, pirates, sterling marte

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