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Forty-two years ago today: Bucs get new home, threads

Remembering the Bucs' return to the North Shore, to rave reviews (of the stadium, at least...).

Forty-one years ago today: Bucs rally, again and again

Remembering the night in 1971 when the Pirates rallied to tie the Padres in the ninth, thirteenth and sixteenth innings, before Roberto came through with the seventeenth-inning walkoff.

Thirty-eight years ago today: fight with Reds turns season around...

How did the 1974 Pirates go from last-place in mid-July to the NL East pennant? Step one was an epic brawl on the Three Rivers Stadium turf.

Thirty-two years ago today: the longest-ever game at Three Rivers Stadium

Today's Jolly Roger Rewind remembers twenty innings worth of Pirates-Cubs action on the eve of the 1980 All-Star break.

Fifty-two years ago today: more late-innings magic from the '60 Bucs...

After Hank Aaron told a Milwaukee paper that the Braves would pass the Pirates "like a jet," the Bucs used late-game power hitting, a game-saving outfield assist, and a bullpen cameo from a starting pitcher to pull out a dramatic victory and leave town with their NL lead intact.

Thirty-six years ago today: Robinson walk-off ends slugfest

Today's Jolly Roger Rewind recalls a Bicentennial weekend slugfest between the Bucs and Phils. Bill Robinson's walk-off HR decided it, but all sorts of highlights before that, including a Willie Stargell home run, a Dick Allen grand slam, and Mike Schmidt possibly loosening the cover on the ball. I sure miss this rivalry...

Twenty-four years ago today: one pitch away...

Today's Jolly Roger Rewind recalls an epic Pirates-Mets showdown from the summer of '88 in which Jim Gott just couldn't seal the deal.

Forty-two years ago today: closing down Forbes Field...

Today's Jolly Roger Rewind looks at the Pirates' final doubleheader at Forbes Field, with eyewitness statements by Phil Musick and Bob Smizik.

Twenty-nine years ago today: the night they turned the '83 season around...

In eight hours and twenty-three innings of baseball, the 1983 Pirates won two extra-inning games over the Cubs, triggering a nine-game winning streak that proved to be their ticket into a parity-ridden NL East race. I'd love to hear bucdaddy's take on this night...

Forty-three years ago today: rookie Hebner cools off Cubs

My daily look at a historical Pirates game for Pirates Prospects today focuses on a doubleheader sweep of the 1969 Cubs, at a time when they were known for apparent dominance of the NL East, not historic collapse

Fifteen years ago today: interleague baseball comes to Pittsburgh

The Pirates' experience with interleague play has generally been lame, but, as my "Jolly Roger Rewind" game story on Pirates Prospects today indicates, the first encounter wasn't all bad.

It was twenty years ago today...

One of the highlights of the Leyland years: Barry Bonds' second two-run homer of the night, this one off Lee Smith, gave the Bucs a 4-3 victory over the Cardinals in 11 innings. The link is the Post-Gazette story; the Pittsburgh Press also had coverage.

Jack Wilson's Soccer Dreams

Another side of the erstwhile Bucco shortstop.

Chambers Scouting Report

Mike Newman from Scouting The Sally wrote up a scouting report on Evan Chambers for Bucs Prospects. He quoted a scout as saying, "Chambers is a guy you want in your organization to just see what he can become," and referred to him as "a potential breakout candidate in 2011."

Victor Black Article in Charleston Paper

The Charleston paper provided a fairly extensive look at Victor Black's debut with the West Virginia Power.


IronPigs, Flying Squirrels and Grasshoppers (Around The Minors, 5/3)

Indianapolis (12-12) takes on the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (10-13) in game three of their four-game set, starting at 7:05.  Jeremy Powell (1-3, 9.50) takes the hill against lefty Joe Savery,...

"If the Pirates are pulverizing, I wanna write that storybook end..."

Two years ago, singer/songwriters Steve Wynn and Scott McCaughey, joined by R.E.M.'s Peter Buck on bass, recorded an album of baseball-themed songs, "Frozen Ropes & Dying Quails," as The Baseball Project. The album included the song "Harvey Haddix," celebrating Haddix's 12 perfect innings against the Braves in 1959, bemoaning how major league baseball didn't officially credit Haddix with a perfect game, and listing, in the chorus, all of the pitchers who had thrown perfect games. The album received heavy airplay in my household; I think McCaughey, a long-time R.E.M. sideman and the leader of the Young Fresh Fellows and Minus 5, is one of the most underrated figures in rock music over the past quarter-century. As this article indicates, Wynn, McCaughey & Co. are back in 2010. They're going to chronicle the season by recording one topical song each month and offering it as a free download on The first number, "All Future and No Past," is about being optimistic at the beginning of the season, no matter how your team did the year before. It's a catchy start to the series, with McCaughey on vocals. As you might expect, they mention the Pirates, along with the Padres, Reds, Athletics, Royals, Orioles, Indians and 2008 Rays.

Carrasco Signs

It's for $950K, with incentives that could increase it to $1.2 million. No word in the article about it being a minor league deal, as was reported by DK this morning.

Alvarez #3, d'Arnaud #13 in BA Top 20 Carolina League Prospects

Pedro Alvarez and Chase d'Arnaud were the two Lynchburg Hillcat selections on Baseball America's Top 20 Carolina League prospects. With an eight-team league, landing multiple prospects on this list isn't as difficult as it is in some other leagues--the 2006 Hillcats had three players (Neil Walker, Brett Lillibridge and Brian Bixler), and the 2004 Hillcats had four (Zach Duke, Tom Gorzelanny, Brad Eldred and Rajai Davis). Still, Alvarez and d'Arnaud are the first Hillcats to gain Top 20 recognition since Shelby Ford in 2007.

Owens, Sanchez Make BA's Top 20 South Atlantic League Prospects

Baseball America included Rudy Owens (#11) and Tony Sanchez (#12) on its list of Top 20 South Atlantic League Prospects, released today. Unlike the short-season lists, this represents a departure from the recent past: the last Top 20 SAL appearance from a Pirate prospect was Andrew McCutchen's #1 in 2006. Neil Walker was #2 in 2005 (ahead of Ryan Braun, who was #5), and Tom Gorzelanny was #13 in 2004. The organization has acquired several other SAL Top 20 alumni: Jeff Locke (#14 in 2008), Jose Tabata (#2 in 2006), Lastings Milledge (#3 in 2004), Andy LaRoche (#9 in '04) and Brandon Moss (#20 in '04).

BA Ranks Black #6 Prospect in NY-Penn League

BA's list of the Top 20 prospects from the NY-Penn League included one Spike: Victor Black, who had a 3.45 ERA in 31.1 innings pitched after being drafted 49th overall. Other NY-Penn League Top 20 prospect alumni in the system: Chase d'Arnaud (#18 in 2008), Daniel Moskos (#4 in 2007), and Duke Welker (#14 in '07).

BA Ranks Pounders #15 Prospect in GCL

(h/t B.U.C.C.O. Fans) BA released its list of the top 20 prospects in the GCL, the first in its annual series of lists of top prospects by league. Brooks Pounders made the list as #15, and Trent Stevenson showed up on a list of 2009 draftees who "played well in the GCL but didn't log enough playing time to qualify for our rankings." Looking at previous lists for comparison, each of Huntington's drafts have yielded one GCL top prospect. Jarek Cunningham was #20 in 2008. No Pirates made it in 2003, 2006 and 2007 (although Gorkys Hernandez was #3 in '06), but Andrew McCutchen was #1 in '05 (and Jose Tabata #7 that year) and Neil Walker was #4 in '04.

Hillcats Win, Advance To Finals!

Led by Bryan Morris' 6.2 innings of one-run pitching and Josh Harrison's four RBI, the Lynchburg Hillcats defeated Wilmington 5-2 to take the Northern Division Championship Series three games to two. They'll play the Salem Red Sox in a best of five for the championship, starting in Lynchburg on Monday night.

Hillcats Even Carolina League NDCS with 1-0 Win

Lynchburg beat visiting Wilmington 1-0 tonight to even the best of five Carolina League Northern Division Championship Series at 1-1. Rudy Owens picked up with win with six scoreless innings (4 H/6 K/1 BB). Ronald Uviedo pitched the ninth for the save. Game Three is Friday night in Wilmington.

Great week for Justin Wilson

Lynchburg lost to Winston-Salem in 13 innings tonight, but Justin Wilson turned in another strong start. Six days after an 11 K/0 BB masterpiece, he allowed one earned run in six innings, allowing six hits, walking none and striking out six. In his last two starts -- 13 IP -- he has struck out 17 batters, walked none, and allowed only one earned run.


Uviedo and Adcock's workloads limited for Hillcats

In Lynchburg's 10-8 loss to Kinston last night, Ronald Uviedo started and pitched only one inning, and Nate Adcock later entered the game and pitched another inning.  Wondering what the story was,...

Chambers in PSU Collegian

PSU Collegian article on Evan Chambers' steady improvement (333/444/533 in 36 PA this month) with the Spikes.


NY-Penn League All-Star Game

The NY-Penn League All-Star Game will be in State College next Wednesday, and the league announced the rosters today.  Brock Holt (2009 ninth-round pick from Rice), who leads the team in hits (46)...

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