PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — On Saturday the Pirates one-upped their own recent waiver-wire deal for the Mets’ Marlon Byrd with yet another big-name trade in an effort to emphatically end a 20-year playoff drought.
PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — For a long time, he certainly wasn’t the most well-received pro sports executive in town, but the patience of Bob Nutting seems to be paying off in his team’s surprisingly successful 2013 season.
PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — The topic du jour Wednesday was a dropped fly ball by Pirates leadoff man Starling Marte that opened the door to a 4-3 come-from-behind win by the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in 14 innings Tuesday night.
Pittsburgh Pirates Chairman Bob Nutting said that he is committed to bringing a winner to Pittsburgh on The Fan Pirates Preview Monday morning.
In the first exhibition game of the 2013 season, lefty Jeff Locke set the bar pretty high in the battle for the fifth spot in the Pirates rotation in the Bucs’ 3-2 win at the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday afternoon at Charlotte Sports Park.
The Pirates 2010 and 2011 first round draft picks – Jameson Taillon and Gerrit Cole – squared off against one another in the Black-Gold intra-squad scrimmage Friday afternoon at McKechnie Field.
Just a few years ago, Kyle McPherson was a Neanderthal – at least on the mound.
Jeff Locke was just a young, Single-A pitcher with a lot of upside in 2009. That’s when he was traded by the Atlanta Braves to the Pittsburgh Pirates in a very unpopular move at the time.
Jason Grilli talked with the Fan’s Dan Zangrilli today in Bradenton, Fla. after a story came out that the Pirates closer was critical of team management at last year’s trade deadline.
Vic Black, the Pirates supplemental first round pick in the 2009 draft, enjoyed a 13 save season, where he held opponents to a .189 batting average in 2012, while allowing just one run in both June and July combined while pitching for Double-A Altoona.
After an injury riddled 2012 season that saw the usually reliable Jeff Karstens in an on-again, off-again role because of health issues, it was expected he would no longer be with the team at season’s end.