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MMO Free Agent Profile: Antonio Bastardo, LHP

Antonio BastardoPosition: Relief PitcherBats: Right — Throws: LeftBorn: September 21st, 1985 (Age 30) The Mets need a lefty in the bullpen, that much is certain. Sure they have other needs as well, but with top left-handed sluggers like Freddie Freeman and Bryce Harper in our division, being able to get dangerous hitters like them out is absolutely imperative. The two highest...
Via Mets Merized Online
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Schedule notes: One day closer to Opening Day

You can go ahead and shave one day off that Opening Day countdown…the 2016 opener was just moved up from Monday April 4th to Sunday April 3rd. That will make the game (which is against St Louis) the first one of the entire MLB season and it will be televised on ESPN. So that’s kinda cool. #OPENINGDAY NEWS: MLB announced the #Pirates vs. #STLCards will play at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Joakim Soria Wants A 3 Year Contract Worth $27 Million

Joakim Soria, who is one of the best relief pitchers on the market, is looking for a contract worth approximately $27 million over three years according to Jayson Stark of ESPN. The Mets are in need of another shutdown pitcher to pair with Jeurys Familia, and Soria looks like a perfect fit. Over the course of his career, Soria has been one of the best relief pitchers in baseball...
Via Mets Merized Online
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates' Kang 'progressing very, very well,' could be ready for Opening Day

Jung Ho Kang on the field prior to the 2015 NL Wild Card game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park. Jared Wickerham Getty ImagesFor the first time since his rookie season was ended abruptly with a broken leg in mid-September, word has come from the Pittsburgh Pirates camp on how Jung Ho Kang's recovery has been so far."He has checked every box medically...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Pirates Spring Training Schedule

Start the countdown… Our 2016 #SpringTraining schedule’s out & includes a game in Indy vs the @Reds! Check it: — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) November 17, 2015 Kind of cool that Indy gets to see the major league team as they close out the spring – instead of those two exhibitions in Philly the Pirates have done the...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
7 days ago  |  Discuss

MMO Free Agent Profile: Joakim Soria, RHP

Joakim Soria Position: Relief Pitcher Bats: Right — Throws: Right Born: May 18, 1984 (Age 31) The Mets have a big gap in the bullpen, right between their starting pitcher and closer Jeurys Familia. The free agent market for relievers is fairly strong this offseason, with the most sought-after reliever probably being submariner Darren O’Day. However, Joakim Soria comes in a very...
Via Mets Merized Online
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies re-sign Leroux to minor league deal

Per Baseball America 's minor league transactions page, the Phillies have re-signed pitcher Chris Leroux. Leroux can most recently be seen pitching a few hours ago for Canada in the WBSC Premier12, throwing seven innings of run one ball against the Netherlands. Lots of familiar names on the Canada team...
Via Philliedelphia
10 days ago  |  Discuss

McCutchen wins fourth-consecutive Silver Slugger Award

Andrew McCutchen has won the most Silver Slugger Awards in Pirates franchise history. Justin K. Aller Getty ImagesAfter a slow start to the season, Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen turned things around at the plate in 2015, and has been rewarded with yet another Silver Slugger Award.McCutchen, who was hitting .185 on May 5, quickly reversed his fate in the batter...
Via Fox Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Starling Marte 2015 Defensive Highlights

Starling Marte is your 2015 NL Gold Glove and MLB Defensive Player of the Year Award winner in LF, which shouldn’t surprise any Pirate fan.  The numbers certainly back it up, but this is one of those cases where you really don’t need to look at a stat sheet for a second to tell how good he is. We enjoyed gems like these from Marte all season (and ever since he reached the majors...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Joakim Soria, Red Sox show mutual interest

Joakim Soria must have left an impression on Dave Dombrowski. The Red Sox met with Soria’s agent Tuesday night at the MLB General Managers Meetings in Boca Raton, Fla., a major league source told the Boston Herald’s Michael Silverman on Wednesday. Nothing appears imminent, but the sides have mutual interest, according to Silverman. This supports a previous report from FOX Sports’...
13 days ago  |  Discuss

So long, Aramis: Ramirez officially retires after 18 seasons

Aramis Ramirez could probably still play regularly, but he's decided to close the book on his MLB career.  David Kohl USA TODAY SportsLate last week, 37-year-old third baseman Aramis Ramirez officially announced his retirement. It was a decision he had already stated publicly, but he confirmed it once the World Series ended. As quoted by Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes, Ramirez reiterated...
Via Fox Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

McCutchen receives souvenir from boy he visited in hospital

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen is well-regarded in MLB circles for the great works he performs off the field related to his many charitable endeavors. A visit to an ailing boy in the hospital has come around full-circle for McCutchen in a heartwarming way he never could have predicted. McCutchen earlier this year paid a visit to Matt Groeber, a young fan who was...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen receives home run ball from fan he visited in hospital

If there’s one thing we know about Andrew McCutchen (besides that he’s really good at baseball) is that he makes quite the impression on young fans. This past season, the former National League MVP made the day of a young Pirates fan by giving him his batting glove and a couple of fist pounds. McCutchen...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Does Charlie Morton Get So Much Love?

The Pirates parted ways with Vance Worley this week after he was outrighted off the 40 man roster and claimed by the Orioles. That closes the book on the Vanimal’s two years stint with the Bucs. During that time Worley posted a 12-10 record with a 3.31 ERA and a 3.59 FIP. The way the Pirates handled Worley this past season still perplexes me. His production was never valued by...
Via Hidden Vigorish
October 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Sean Rodriguez apologizes about outburst, including to water cooler

On Wednesday night, Pirates utilityman Sean Rodriguez lost his damn mind and attacked a water cooler in the Pirates dugout after a benches clearing almost-fight in the seventh inning. Let’s remember it, shall we? wow, baseball fights are vicious — Mike Tunison (@xmasape) October 8, 2015   On Thursday, Rodriguez apologized for his actions…and...
Via The Outside Corner
October 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs live to play another day

“We’re rascals, scoundrels, villains, and knaves,​ Drink up, me ‘earties, yo ho. We’re devils and black sheep, really bad eggs,Drink up, me ‘earties, yo ho.” -Yo Ho A Pirate’s Life For Me, Pirates of the Caribbean The 2015 regular season built up to this game. No division in baseball was like the NL Central with not just three deserving playoff teams, but...
Via The Sports Post
October 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs dominate Pirates to advance to NLDS

I Tweeted the following from Wrigley Field on August 9: Fantastic game at Wrigley. Cubs up 2-0 in ninth, Giants load bases, then three consecutive K's, last on 3-2 pitch. Crowd explodes. Baseball. — David Laurila (@DavidLaurilaQA) August 9, 2015   Yesterday, Joe Maddon called the four-game set that culminated with that out a “seminal moment.” According to the Cubs...
Via Fangraphs
October 07, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Sean Rodriguez beats up Gatorade cooler

Sean Rodriguez made quite an impression on MLB fans Wednesday. The Pittsburgh Pirates infielder got the start at third base and didn’t get a chance to hit in the game, but he sure made up for it later on. When the Pirates and Chicago Cubs got into a bases-clearing incident after Jake Arrieta was hit...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
October 07, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Cubs, Pirates get in benches-clearing incident

The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates got into a benches-clearing incident during their one-game playoff on Wednesday after Jake Arrieta was hit by a pitch in the top of the seventh inning. Arrieta was on the hill for the Cubs and pitching a shutout. He hit Francisco Cervelli in the fifth and Josh Harrison in...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
October 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Five critical questions that will decide NL Wild Card game

Unlike in the American League, there was absolutely no drama about who would be represented in the National League Wild Card Game. Rather, the race was more about where it would be played. The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs separated themselves from the pack so far that it was hard for the San Francisco Giants, who finished a remote 13 games out of the final Wild Card spot,...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
October 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Five questions about the National League Wild Card game

It doesn’t seem fair that the teams with baseball’s second and third-best records are playing in a sudden death elimination game, but those are the breaks. The Chicago Cubs (97-65) travel to Pittsburgh to play the Pirates (98-64) to win the right to move on to the NLDS in St. Louis. Unlike the AL game that saw two sputtering teams see which one could be less worse than the...
Via The Outside Corner
October 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Arrieta-Cole, objectively one of best playoff matchups ever

Individual performances tend to be magnified in the postseason, and that is especially true of pitchers. While 16-18 other players appear in the lineups and many others will have profound impacts on the outcomes of games over the next month, the starting pitcher will likely have more influence over the outcome of a single game than any other player. Everything is magnified in the...
Via Fangraphs
October 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Gerrit Cole is now the most important Pirates player

Gerrit Cole might not be the best player on the Pittsburgh Pirates — Andrew McCutchen probably still holds that distinction — but over the course of the next 10 days, perhaps no pitcher in the National League, or perhaps in Major League Baseball, will have a greater impact on his team’s season. Cole has slid under the radar of the Cy Young race as Clayton Kershaw, Jake Arrieta...
Via Fangraphs
September 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates manager Hurdle selling CD collection to benefit charity

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is selling over 2,300 music CDs to benefit charity. The former MLB outfielder turned manager is putting his large CD collection up for auction to benefit a local radio station (91.3 WYEP), and Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (USA). WYEP is a non-profit radio station that has served the greater Pittsburgh area for over 40 years. The stated...
Via Sportsnaut
September 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Gregory Polanco easily retires Trevor Cahill on a 9-3 putout

Usually when we see 9-3 putouts, a catcher or pitcher is running, the right fielder is playing shallow, and uncorks a laser beam of a throw to retire the baserunner. And on Tuesday in Pittsburgh, that’s exactly what happened when Gregory Polanco gunned out Trevor Cahill, who wasn’t even running hard to first. At least Cahill did his job for the Cubs on the mound – he...
Via The Outside Corner
September 15, 2015  |  Discuss

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