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azibuck

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Our long national nightmare is over: Bryan Morris traded to Marlins

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/ The Marlins announced that they have acquired right-hander Bryan Morris from the Pirates in exchange for the No. 39 overall pick in the 2014 draft. The No. 39 pick...

McCutchen does impressions

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Andrew McCutchen doing Jeter, Ramirez, Pujols, Griffey Jr. and Clemente. In a Fanshot where no one will see it.

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2014 Whipping boy

Reading pathatt's comment that he might be nicer to Tabata this year because of his effort last year got me thinking. Who will we blame for all that ails the Pirates this year? In past year's...

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Player A/B game

"If "ifs" and "buts" were candy and nuts, wouldn't it be a Merry Christmas?" -- Don Meredith (maybe) The point of this timekiller is not to tout a player who I think is great. Just to throw...

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Defense is overrated

Martin Gaby Old McDonald Harrison Barmes Marte Cutch Tabata This is pretty much the best defensive lineup the Pirates could put out there and they did against Arizona. One might argue that...

CHN-SOTD

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Clint Hurdle Non-Sequitur of the Day: "[Cole] got to understand the importance of the running game. Game speed, game circumstances," said Hurdle, drawing the line between excelling on the practice field and executing in competition. "That's the real thing for everybody to take out of Spring Training -- the continuity and the repetition. So, I was real pleased with how [he] got out there for two innings."

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Pirates Prop Bets, Question 3

For rules, see Question 1. This may not interest everyone and the subject is a bit obscure, but if we haven't got the future, what have we got?

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Pirates Prop Bets, Question 2

For rules, see Question 1. Again, this is something that's been discussed quite a bit, but here we predict. Remember, it's not what you would do, it's what the Pirates will do. Today's topic is S...

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Pirates Prop Bets, Question 1

Shall we play a game? For entertainment purposes only... Like the recent W-L prediction thread, and community projections we've done in the past, predicting can be fun. I'd like to add another...

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A Bucs Dugout Fantasy League Draft Result

H2H points league. Many owners are commentors at BD so I thought I'd publish and we could get some unbiased feedback. If McCutchen tears a knee or gets hit in the face and misses the season, you...

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Bucs Dugout fantasy league invite

I've renewed a Bucs Dugout (based) fantasy league from last year, but we'll need a few new members. It'll be at Yahoo, H2H points-based, the number of teams will determine whether it's all MLB or...

The NottaMaholmFan list

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In one of the Maholm threads Vlad linked to a post about what a #1/2/3/4/5 starter really looks like, and thus is really worth. The metric used was ERA. Whether you think that's flawed is neither here nor there, it was interesting. With all the hand-wringing over (probably) not picking up Maholm's option, I wondered what NH is thinking. Being an avowed cheapskate myself, I think he's probably thinking of dumpster diving. What might he find? Well, last offseason he might have found: Harang, FA, $3.5M, $5M mutual option for 2012. Vazquez, FA $7M, one year. Humber, waivers, $500K. Colon, FA $900K. Capuano, FA $1.5M. Jeff Francis, FA $2M. Vogelsong, FA $555K. Brandon McCarthy, FA $1M. So most of those guys suck, right? Well, they were all in the top-90 in ERA, meaning they were essentially 1/2/3 starters in 2011. I've generally felt Maholm is overappreciated by Pirates fans because, (shrug) I guess because he always struck out more guys than Duke. Probably more consistent, but on Duke's best days, he was better than Maholm on his.

Baseball-Intellect (Alex Eisenberg) writeup and viddy of Jameson Taillon

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Video not the greatest, but lots of pitches to see. Would like to see some slow motion but his motion seems less high-effort than his HS delivery. Good movement on the FB, nice hook.

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Brief report on State College v. Batavia, July 8

I didn't take notes, and I was with three kids, and it was an awful game.  But here are some observations.

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My cockamamie radical realignment idea

Here's my cockamamie idea for radical realignment:  base it on market size, geography, and common or uncommon sense.Basic premise: Six divisions of 5 teams each.Interleague play:  Two options.  One...

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Bucs Dugout Fantasy BASEBALL League needs one more, ... uhh, participant

Sorry to make yet another FanPost, but the draft is Tuesday and we have an odd number.  Points-based, H2H.  Email azibuck@yahoo.com to get an invite:BattingTotal Bases (TB) 4Walks (BB) 2Stolen...

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Bucs Dugout fantasy: Looking for two good men. Or 4 good women. Or some combination of 2 or 4 men or women.

For the overflow league, we could use 2 or 4 more.  Draft will be Tuesday evening.  See this thread, but it's simple points-based H2H.  Email me at azibuck@yahoo.com and I'll send the invite.   B...

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Bucs Dugout Fantasy Overflow League

Trogs' league filled up, but I'd like to have a fantasy league with Pirates fans too. It'll be at Yahoo, H2H points-based, hoping for 16 teams. If you're interested, here are the settings:   B...

Who's laughing now?

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All I know about other GMs I learn here at Bucs Dugout. So how the...? What...? But if he... A cursory glance at their roster indicates Sabean has hit big with a couple pitchers and Posey. And (this year) managed to take the right chances (some might say "got lucky") with a near-career year from Huff at a great price, a huge resurgence from Pat Burrell, and an out-of-nowhere year from Andres Torres. It wasn't quite out of nowhere, because he was good in limited time in 2009. Obviously hindsight is on my side, but I think those were appropriate gambles for a team with apparently limited internal options. Throw in a fleecing of the Pirates for an average year from an average 2B, and they cobbled together enough offense to be on the cusp of a World Series berth. I have no idea about their farm system, but they don't strike me as a team that's being obviously mis-managed. Please correct me. No, really, please. I don't want to think the BD community doesn't know a bad GM when it bashes one. Because that might mean we also don't know a good one when we praise one.

Brandon Phillips Quote of the Day

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Nothing to do with the Pirates but I enjoyed this: Brandon Phillips Quote of the Day "We have to beat these guys. I hate the Cardinals. All they do is bitch and moan about everything, all of them, they're little bitches, all of 'em. I really hate the Cardinals. Compared to the Cardinals, I love the Chicago Cubs. Let me make this clear -- I hate the Cardinals." Ahh, if only he'd said "I hate hate them."

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State College Spikes: A Fan Report

Impressions of some of the State College Spikes' young prospects.

Hate Hate Them by FOX Japan

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Driving home from the store today I heard this song. It was an OK song (for my taste), but the singer was really singing with passion so I kept listening. After the song the DJ said, "that was FOX Japan, number 11 on our countdown..." I went to your website and I'm pretty sure it was Hate Hate Them. It was 89.7 WITR, Rochester Inst. of Technology's radio station. I didn't know how aware you are of what kind of play you get or where, so I thought I'd pass it along. Nice job! Hope to see you here sometime.

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Indy at Rochester, Game 3 -- Virgil Vasquez Viable?

I don't think there's any help for the Pirates bullpen in the Indy bullpen, but they might have some help in the rotation from Virgil Vasquez.  V.V had a very good game in taking a tough loss...

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Indy at Rochester, Game 1

Tonight was the third time in 4 years I was able to watch Gorzelanny pitch for Indy. You can find Fanshots of the games in 2006 and 2008, the former while he was on the way up and spectacular, the...

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2009 Pirate Props

For entertainment purposes only, though I'd love to book a couple of these. The poll question stemmed from a wager I offered Vlad, that Garrett Jones would out-OPS Pearce in Indy.  I figured I'd...

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Steve Pearce Doesn't Get It

First, sincere apologies to Charlie and Bucs Dugout for having too much copyrighted material in my original FanPost on this. In today's PG article on Steve Pearce there are quotes from Don Long...

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Bucs Dugout is dead, long live Bucs Dugout (fantasy)

http://www.bucsdugout.com/2008/3/15/163346/764 After nearly running away with the regular season title, Charlie's team faltered late but held off the contenders to win the regular season title in...

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Daniel McCutchen Unimpressive, Yet Somewhat Encouraging

Dan McCutchen can pitch a little bit. His fastball sits at 91-93. He threw 30 pitches those speeds, and 15 of those were 92. He threw 93mph on his 99th pitch before striking out Brock Peterson...

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Gorzelanny Fans Ten Red Wings Again! Otherwise Unimpressive (Only Half-joking)

For perspective on that headline, you might want to read at least some of this diary I wrote in June of 2006 when Tom Gorzelanny also struck 10 Red Wings.Basically, he threw harder then, and harder...

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