PIRATES RUMORS & GOSSIP

Mets’ Ike Davis Is Now Pirates’ Ike Davis: Shrewd Move For Buccos

Something shocking happened. You’re not going to believe me. It’s incredible, unbelievable, and totally could not have been for seen: the Pirates plan of platooning Gaby Sanchez and Travis Ishikawa at first base isn’t working out. Crazy, right? As of April 19, Ishikawa is batting a paltry .206 with one homer and Sanchez is raking to the tune of  .226 with 3 bombs. Sanchez’s...
Via Off The Bench
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Chris Stewart comes off DL, Tony Sanchez to Indy

The @Pirates reinstate C Chris Stewart from the 15-day DL; option C Tony Sanchez to Triple-A Indianapolis. — MLBRosterMoves (@MLBRosterMoves) April 19, 2014 New Pirates catcher Chris Stewart has finished his rehab in the minors and has joined the team, meaning Tony Sanchez is headed back to Indianapolis to play every day. When Stewart was acquired, I wasn’t a fan of the move...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates' Jordy Mercer leaves game with ankle injury

Most Pirates fans had their attention turned to the team's acquisition of first baseman Ike Davis from the New York Mets.  On the field though, they lost to the Milwaukee Brewers last night 5-3, dropping the Pirates record to 8-9 on the season.  They also lost second baseman Jordy Mercer halfway through the game when he got hit in the ankle with Martin Madonado's spikes...
Via Sports Injury Alert
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: What did they get in Ike Davis?

Follow me on Twitter @jim_krug; opening image credit dailystache. Some thoughts following a surprisingly early-season trade by the Pittsburgh Pirates to land 1B Ike Davis from the New York Mets. 1.  Props to GM Neal Huntington for quickly realizing the Travis Ishikawa/Gaby Sanchez platoon wasn’t working, even though he probably should’ve realized that over the offseason,...
Via isportsweb.com
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates trade for 1B Ike Davis

After a full offseason, spring training, and 17 regular season games, the Pirates have finally made a legitimate attempt to solve their first base problem. There have been rumors for months about the Bucs and Ike Davis, and on Friday the speculation finally came to an end with a somewhat oddly timed April trade, announced right before the game. The Pirates sent pitching prospect...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Breaking: Ike Davis traded to Pittsburgh Pirates

After 18 months of teasing, the New York Mets have finally broken up with  Ike Davis, sending him to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league reliever Zach Thornton and a player to be named later.  According to CBS’s Jon Heyman, the PTBNL is “significant”, so there’s that. Right now, this trade looks like nothing to celebrate but not necessarily a loss.  The biggest part...
Via Mets360.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Were 3-year Huntington/Hurdle extensions justified?, part 2

Part 2 in a 2-part series; opening image credit Sports Illustrated.  Read Part 1- weighing GM Neal Huntington’s extension- right here.  Follow me on Twitter @jim_krug After steering his 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates through a previously tumultuous August-September stretch to clinch the club’s first playoff appearance in 21 years, the club kicked off the 2014 campaign by extending...
Via isportsweb.com
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Brewers bullpen implodes in 11-2 loss to Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Andrew McCutchen hit his first homer of the season and drove in three runs, Pedro Alvarez had a three-run shot and pinch-hitter Josh Harrison broke a tie with a long ball in the seventh inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates handed the Milwaukee Brewers their first road loss, 11-2 on Thursday night. Harrison's two-run drive down the left field line off Rob Wooten...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Mike Tyson pretends to bite Tony Sanchez's ear (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes.Retired heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Thursday night's Pittsburgh Pirates game. Tyson threw a high strike to Pirates catcher Tony Sanchez, then posed with Sanchez for a few photos. During a couple of them, Tyson pretended to bite Sanchez's ear, an obvious reference to that infamous Evander...
Via Holdout Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Next man up: Gregory Polanco’s time is fast approaching

Release the prospect hounds! Yesterday, they had George Springer‘s Astros debut to slather over; soon they should have another stud outfield prospect to get excited about too. After Pittsburgh’s starting right fielder Jose Tabata left yesterday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds with “mild” concussion-like symptoms* - an injury sustained when he crashed into the...
Via The MLB Nation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball – Hardball High: Week One

Paul Goldschmidt Alright, class, school is in session. With the first two full weeks of Fantasy Baseball (and in the case of head-to-head leagues, the first matchups) in the books, we’re starting to get a better idea of the Fantasy Baseball 2014 outlook, separating contenders from pretenders. For the most part, those who invested in bats early have reaped the rewards. First round...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates Travis Snider Uses His Face Instead Of Glove

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Travis Snider who is affectionately known as “Lunchbox” for his admiration of meat decided to use his face as a lunch bucket. Snider slid for a dying quail on the right field foul-line and the ball inadvertently landed on his beak. The ball was ruled fair as it struck Snider in the face in fair territory sending the outfielder back to his position...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Travis Snider fails to catch fly ball with his face (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes.Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Travis Snider had a bit of a mishap in the outfield when he was hit in the face with a fly ball during Monday night's game in Cincinnati.In the bottom of the fourth, Reds batter Todd Frazier hit a popup down the line into short right field. Snider made a sliding attempt to catch the ball as he crossed into...
Via Holdout Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds-Pirates April 14 Rain Delay Information

Press release from the Reds: Tonight's game with the Pittsburgh Pirates was suspended at 10:56 p.m. after a 1 hour, 38-minute delay and will be completed tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. prior to the regularly scheduled game at 7:10. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. The score is tied, 7-7, after 6 innings. Non-premium tickets may be exchanged at the box office for tomorrow's continuation...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
4 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Travis Snider takes ball to the jaw going for catch

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Travis Snider’s face does not catch popups nearly as well as his glove. During the fourth inning of Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Reds, Snider attempted to make a sliding catch near the right-field foul line, only to have the fly ball just miss his glove and instead nail him right in the jaw. The play was initially ruled a foul ball...
Via NESN.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss
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