David Todd

  • joined Mar 26, 2008
  • last login Jul 22, 2014
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David Todd hosts a radio show on 970 ESPN Pittsburgh weekdays 4-7 pm.

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Some Salt In The Wound From Jayson Stark


Jayson Stark identifies another potential first, that those Charlie identified on Saturday can also agonize over.

Kevin McClatchy Acknowledges That He Is Gay


Kevin McClatchy, owner and CEO of the Pirates from 1996-2007, acknowledges he is gay to Frank Bruni of the New York Times. It's unfortunate that an individual's sexual orientation is still headline...

A Look At Alen Hanson And Gregory Polanco


Baseball Prospectus takes a look at the two young Dominican stars who spent the year at Low-A West Virginia. Subscription required, but you can read virtually the whole Hansen evaluation.

Yep, The National Media Is Seeing The Collapse As Well


Yesterday Dave Schoenfield of The Sweet Spot Blog, looked at Tuesday's loss and declared the Pirates just about done. Today Rob Neyer looks at 20 in a row. Ugh.

MLB Unlikely To Bar Melky Cabrera From Batting Title


MLB is in a very tough spot here with no precedent. I think this is probably the right decision for this year, but it is something that needs to be reviewed. Obviously not good news for Cutch and Pirates fans.

Rob Neyer Highlights The Importance Of The Pirates-Brewers Series


The Pirates sweep this series, they are in the hunt. If they get swept, they're done. Something in between doesn't bode particularly well.

State College Leaves Pirates For Cardinals


I know this was reported extensively yesterday, but I hadn't seen this tweet from Rob Biertempfel. If true it reflects poorly on the organization. It may have been the Pirates' choice ultimately not to extend, but this is just plain bad PR. Cory Giger adds more to what is becoming a strange story. He quotes GM Neal Huntington as saying "relationship endings are not always pretty" and adds that this one appears to fall into that category. UPDATE by Charlie: Biertempfel writes that the Pirates "issued rules and requests" involving things like pitch counts and innings limits, and "accepted very little feedback." As some in the comments have pointed out, State College personnel don't have any business involving themselves with these things -- the manager and coaches work for the Pirates, and the State College staff doesn't. Unless there's more to this story, I don't see any evidence the Pirates did anything wrong here. They apparently didn't answer a lot of emails from State College, but since State College was apparently sticking its nose where it didn't belong, I'm not sure that's a bad thing. UPDATE by Charlie: The Pirates have officially signed on for two years in Jamestown, so it appears Morgantown will have to wait until 2015 at the earliest. (EDIT: The Pirates' deal with Jamestown wouldn't prevent them from moving the team to Morgantown before the contract expires. My mistake.)

MLB Latest Top 100 Prospects List Includes Six Pirates


Yesterday, Jonathan Mayo released his latest Top 100 Prospects list, and it includes six Bucs. Gerrit Cole at No. 8 (before last night's pounding) and Gregory Polanco at No. 95 bookend the list.M...

Programming Note: Pirates GM Neal Huntington


Neal will join me on my show today at 2:15 on 970 ESPN. You can listen here. I'll post a link to the podcast afterward. UPDATE: Here is a link to my conversation with Neal.

Pirates Shuffle Roster


As has been speculated, the Pirates have altered their roster in order to have it better set for a potential first round playoff matchup. The roster as of August 31 is the playoff-eligible roster. ...

Pedro Alvarez's Cardinal Destruction


FanGraphs takes a look a sabermetric-heavy look at Pedro's staggering numbers against the Cards. Alvarez has a 1.7 WPA against the Cards this season. Only four times has a player had a season with a WPA over 10, three by Bonds, one by McCovey. Over a 162 game season, Alvarez's numbers against the Cards would translate to a WPA of 18.4. Even better, since Pedro's numbers are team-specific against St. Louis, he is personally responsible for about a +3.5 game advantage for the Pirates over the Cardinals.

Gregory Polanco And Alen Hanson Named SAL All-Stars


Polanco was also named the South Atlantic League's Most Outstanding Prospect.

Interview With Clint Hurdle


I spent about 20 minutes talking with Clint Hurdle yesterday. We touched on the up and down nature of this year's team, Pedro's big night, playing veterans vs. young players, September call-ups, the use of the bullpen/closer and a lot more. Clint is never one to dodge a question and he doesn't here.

Clint Hurdle Interview


Clint will be the first guest on my show today at 2:20. You can listen on 970 ESPN Pittsburgh or online here. I will post the podcast when it is uploaded.

New TV Deals A Windfall For Pirates, MLB


Starting in 2014 the new ESPN deal will add about $13 million to the pockets of every major league team ... annually. As Craig Calcaterra notes, the FOX and TBS deals could eventually bump that number up to $40 million. This is a gold mine for MLB owners. One that, I'm guessing, wasn't easily foreseen five years ago, but certainly has come into focus the last few years with the massive local deals that individual clubs have recently signed. Ka-ching. We'll see how this effects the competitive landscape, but it's hard to see how both the owners and players don't come out big winners.

Pirates Release Erik Bedard


UPDATE: Michael Sanserino confirms Bedard's release. Yesterday Charlie suggested the Pirates should remove Erik Bedard from the rotation. They may have gone one step further. Late last night Dejan...

Alex Dickerson Named FSL Player Of The Year


A nice honor for Dickerson, the Pirates third-round pick in the 2011 draft. In 124 games so far this year he has posted a line of .299/.358/.454. He has 31 doubles, 12 HRs, 88 RBI and 39 BB and 89 Ks in 471 at bats.

Pirates Claim LHP Hisanori Takahashi Off Waivers From Angels


This afternoon the Pirates announced they have claimed 37-year old left-handed reliever Hisanori Takahashi off waivers from The LA Angels. Takahashi is in his third year in the majors. After...

No No : A Dockumentary


A documentary about former Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis. Set to debut at festivals in 2013. Here's a four-minute trailer. Can't-miss stuff.

An Interview With Pirates Supplemental Draft Pick Barrett Barnes


The Texas Tech Athletic Communications people catch up with former Red Raider and Pirates minor leaguer Barrett Barnes. Some good stuff in here as Barnes discusses draft day, the talent he has faced this season and his season-ending injury.

Programming Note: The David Todd Show


I learned yesterday that I will have my own show on 970 ESPN Pittsburgh. It will run 2-4 pm Mon-Fri starting Wed, August 29. The first hour will be general sports talk and the second hour will cover the Steelers, during their season. I will also be hosting the two-hour show Tailgate Talk, which will take place four hours before the kickoff of every Steelers game and the College Football Hotline at the Rivers Casino on Saturdays, two hours before every Pitt home game. I appreciate the support so many here have given me. I look forward to engaging with you in another forum and I will continue to be actively involved with Bucs Dugout. Thank you.

Yeah, Another Look At Clint Hurdle And The Bullpen


Yes, this horse has been beaten. But when Clint Hurdle uses the bullpen the way he did on Sunday and again last night, a game which Charlie did a great job of recapping, I can't help myself. Here...

John Sickels Looks At Gregory Polanco


If you've been following WTM's great daily updates, this probably isn't going to be news to you, but this is a good look at Polanco and how his command of the strike zone may be largely responsible for his breakout season. (h/t BuccoBrigade)

Pirates Option Justin Wilson, Kyle McPherson; Recall Daniel McCutchen, Reinstate Chad Qualls


The Pirates announced they have optioned Justin Wilson and Kyle McPherson to AAA and recalled Daniel McCutchen and reinstated Chad Qualls from the bereavement list. This move is sure to raise some...


Pirates Vs. Padres, 20 Aug 2012

After a flurry of roster moves the past few days, the Pirates are going to have a different group in uniform tonight as they open up a three-game series tonight at Petco Park. Interestingly the...

Grant Brisbee Looks At 19 Innings And Pirates Being Pirates


Grant has written about the Pirates a lot recently. Today he looks at the two 19-inning marathons. Should we be drawing the obvious parallels?

Clint Hurdle Swings And Misses Discussing September Call-ups


Managers and GMs say a lot of things during the course of a season. Parsing every word, which is what we do, yields ample opportunity to discuss and speculate on myriad issues. Neal Huntington is...

Jose Tabata With Pirates, Jordy Mercer On Paternity Leave, Starling Marte Unavailable


Various sources are reporting that Jose Tabata has been recalled and is in the Pirates clubhouse in St. Louis. Tabata was recalled because Jordy Mercer is going on paternity leave as he and his...

Pirates Squander Opportunities, Drop 5-4 Decision To Cards


The Pirates couldn't come through when it mattered most, either at the plate or on the mound, and they lost a 5-4 decision to the Cards that left them a game up on St. Louis in the hunt for one of...

John Sickels Takes A Look At Recently-Promoted Phil Irwin


Irwin's stock has definitely appreciated this season. Sickels even suggests he could make the big-time at some point next year. (h/t) BurgherKing

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