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magnumo

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Born and raised in Pittsburgh, graduated from Carnegie Tech. Spent most of my adult life in Virginia. Now retired in Virginia.

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Opening Day Lineup - Former Pirates

Just for fun, I concocted a lineup of former Pirates, from the opening day lineups posted at MLB.com: h...

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Russell Martin's Ejection

The story about Martin's ejection from yesterday's game is all over the media. The main point made by the writers seems to be Martin's intensity..... having Leroux's back when he thought the umpire...

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Non Roster Invitees

We're up to 20 NRI's for Spring Training. Fortunately, the Pirates' page at MLB.com seems to have an up-to-date list: http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/team/roster_nri.jsp?c_id=pit We all...

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The 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates?

It may be premature to speculate about how the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates will perform within the NL Central.However, with the official announcement of the Grilli deal ($2.75 mill for 2013, including...

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Kyle Kaminska - a prospect?

Kaminska is the minor league pitcher who came over from the Marlins with Gaby Sanchez in exchange for Gorkys Hernandez and that 2013 draft pick. Seems that he pitched a very nice game in his first...

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Speculation about the Bucs' Bullpen

In Saturday night's win against the Marlins, Brad Lincoln came into the game with 2 outs in the 8th, and then pitched the 9th inning for his first save.In today's (Sunday's) win, Jared Hughes...

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Finally, some good sense on pitch counts is emerging.

I don't remember whether it was this board or elsewhere that the current process of pitcher conditioning (and what I call "babying" pitchers' arms) was discussed recently. At any rate, one side...

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Pirates' Struggling Offense: OBP and Runs Scored

Everyone knows that the Bucs' offense has been pretty bad. But checking out on-base-percentage for the team and individual players brings the problem into even sharper focus. After last night's...

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Pirate Rotation - A Concern

This early in the Pirates' season, the offense has been awful, but the rotation and the bullpen have pitched pretty well for the most part (certainly above average as compared to the rest of MLB)....

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ESPN's Top 500 MLB Players

ESPN recently completed a series of articles where they created a list of the top 500 players in MLB. They used a panel of 34 experts who assigned points in various categories to each player in...

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Wrap-up: Top 10 Most Disappointing Pirates Since Y2K

Our poll for #10 on the list wound up with Brandon Moss and Pedro Alvarez in a tie. Rather than try a run-off, we'll let the tie stand. So..... our Top 10 (actually 11) Most Disappointing Pirates...

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#10 Most Disappointing Pirates Since Y2K

One more to go. Our top 9 most disappointing Pirates since Y2K are: 1. Andy LaRoche 2. Oliver Perez 3. Chad Hermansen 4. Derek Bell 5. Ian Snell 6. Akinori Iwamura 7. Dave...

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#9 Most Disappointing Pirates Since Y2K

Bryan Bullington won the #8 spot, with Brad Eldred the runnerup. Here's the list so far: 1. Andy LaRoche2. Oliver Perez3. Chad Hermansen4. Derek Bell5. Ian Snell6. Akinori Iwamura7. Dave...

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#8 Most Disappointing Pirates Since Y2K

Since we actually had one more vote in the #7 poll than we did for #6, I'm going to follow the suggestion of Midnight Moose and continue (with sincere apologies to Trogluddite). Our community list...

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#7 Most Disappointing Pirates Since Y2K

Akinori Iwamura was voted into the #6 position on our latest list: 1. Andy LaRoche2. Oliver Perez3. Chad Hermansen4. Derek Bell5. Ian Snell6. Akinori Iwamura Interest seems to be waning,...

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#6 Most Disappointing Pirates Since Y2K

We have a consensus top five "most disappointing Pirates since Y2K," as follows: 1. Andy LaRoche2. Oliver Perez3. Chad Hermansen4. Derek Bell5. Ian Snell I have removed Jason Schmidt from...

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#5 Most Disappointing Pirates Since Y2K

Derek Bell edged out Ian Snell for the #4 slot on our list, which now consists of the following most disappointing Pirates since Y2K: 1. Andy LaRoche2. Oliver Perez3. Chad Hermansen4. Derek...

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#4 Most Disappointing Pirates Since Y2K

Chad Hermansen was the decisive winner for #3 in the poll. Results to date for most disappointing Pirates since Y2K are:: 1. Andy LaRoche2. Oliver Perez3. Chad Hermansen Since Tim Alderson...

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#3 Most Disappointing Pirates Since Y2K

Since Oliver Perez had an insurmountable lead in the voting for #2, it appeared appropriate to cut that poll off a tad early and declare Ollie the winner. 1. Andy LaRoche2. Oliver Perez I have...

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#2 Most Disappointing Pirates Since Y2K

The results of the voting put Andy LaRoche at the top of the list of "Most Disappointing Pirates Since Y2K" (with Oliver Perez a close second). 1. Andy LaRoche Based upon a rather arcane...

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Biggest Disappointment Since Y2K #1

Seems to be enough interest to go ahead with this. We now have a list of 40 candidates. I will attempt to set this up the same as epoc did for the community prospect list, since that seemed to...

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Most Disappointing Pirates Since Y2K

This subject came up in the "...Inability to Develop a Shorstop" thread, created by rj.reynolds..... and I decided to give it a try and see where it goes. The idea is to create a community list of...

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Bad Bullpens?

I am NOT a fan of Bob Smizik. However, I read his stuff about the Pirates (because I read everything in the local media about the Pirates). His current article is titled "About Those Pirate...

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Strikeouts

  Strikeouts have been debated many times in many places, in terms of how bad it is for a hitter to strike out. Everyone knows that strikeouts are bad for a team's offense, but..... How much...

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ESPN's Free Agent Rankings

ESPN has their free agent list up, including 164 players as I type this. The total number probably will change for one reason or another.At any rate, as is their normal practice, ESPN ranks the...

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Pirates' 2003 FA Class: Is it possible to repeat today, even in part?

The Pirates have made a long list of (mostly unsuccessful) free agent signings during the losing streak. Most Pirate fans recognize and accept that, in most cases, the Pirates cannot and will not...

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A Comparison

Just about everyone (including me) agrees that Dave Littlefield was a dreadful GM. During DL's 6 years at the helm, the Pirates record was 421-549 (.434).During Huntington's 4 years as the Pirates'...

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2012 Pirates' Starting Rotation

There has been a lot of speculation about what to expect from the 2012 Pirates.  I'm guessing that the consensus would be that Pirate fans expect some improvement in the offense, based upon a...

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Winning Season?

When can Pirate fans expect one?A number of thoughts and observations:- Since their high point on July 19 (51-44, .537), the Pirates have been downright awful (11-29, .275).- Not only have their...

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Free Fall Continues

The 2011 Pirates hit their high point at 51-44 (.537) on July 19.  In the 24 games since that date, the team has played at a 5-19 (.208) pace.  I was hoping the 10-game losing streak was just a...

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