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05-24

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Short Relief: Votto's Insult Comedy, Weaver's Embarrassment Comedy, and Nancy's Achievement
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Jason Wojciechowski, Patrick Dubuque and Nathan Bishop

05-09

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Short Relief: Golden Gloves and Geography Game Shows
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Holly Wendt and Kate Preusser

05-03

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Short Relief: Onomastics, A LeBlanc Slate, and One Hero's Trial
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Nathan Bishop, Jeffrey Paternostro and Jason Wojciechowski

05-02

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Short Relief: Cats Review a Reds-Pirates Game, Eric Thames's Beginning's End, and Sixty Year Old All-Star Snubs
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Kate Preusser, Matt Ellis and Emma Baccellieri

04-25

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Short Relief: How Baseball Killed America, A Rabbit Killed Baseball, and History Killed a Fun Fact
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Mary Craig, Kate Preusser and Emma Baccellieri

04-21

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Short Relief: A Murder of Orioles, Unsolicited Career Advice, and the Best Deja Vu
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Matt Sussman, Mary Craig and Annie Maroon

10-09

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The BP Wayback Machine: A Tip of the Cap to Aramis
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Baseball Prospectus

10-01

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Advance Scouting Series: Andrew McCutchen
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Jeff Moore

07-01

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 235: Alex Rios' Value/How the 2013 Pirates Were Built
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-11

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The Call-Up: Gerrit Cole
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Mark Anderson and Paul Sporer

03-28

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Prospectus Preview: These Questions Three: The Maybe-Next-Years
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Bradford Doolittle and Harry Pavlidis

02-28

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 150: 2013 Season Preview Series: Pittsburgh Pirates
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

02-27

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BP Unfiltered: Grapefruit League Journal: Pittsburgh Pirates
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Mike Ferrin

02-15

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Skewed Left: How Can the Pirates Make the Most of McCutchen?
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Zachary Levine

02-01

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Raising Aces: Bush League: Jameson Taillon and Taijuan Walker
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Doug Thorburn

12-26

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Transaction Analysis: Leery of Liriano
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Ben Lindbergh

12-10

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Pittsburgh Pirates Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

11-20

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Gift of Kuhn
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Steven Goldman

09-20

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Prospect Profile: Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco
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Hudson Belinsky

08-30

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 32: Joe Mauer and his Contract Clear Waivers/The Demise of Erik Bedard
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-09

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Overthinking It: Defending to the Crown
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Ben Lindbergh

06-30

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BP Announcements: Kansas City All-Star Weekend Meetup - July 8, 2012
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Joe Hamrahi

05-15

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Pedro Alvarez and the Ghosts of Pirates Prospects Past
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Pat Lackey

12-14

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The BP Broadside: Cottleston Pirates
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Steven Goldman

09-19

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Pittsburgh Pirates
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Ben Lindbergh, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

08-20

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Transaction Analysis Blog: Pirates Extend Tabata
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R.J. Anderson

08-16

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Divide and Conquer, NL Central: Winless in Milwaukee
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Larry Granillo

05-24

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Painting the Black: Should the Pirates Walk the Plank?
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R.J. Anderson

03-31

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Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

03-11

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Divide and Conquer, NL Central: Unwinding the Misery Clock
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Larry Granillo

10-11

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GM for a Day: Pittsburgh Pirates
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John Perrotto

09-15

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Pittsburgh Pirates
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Marc Normandin, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

08-30

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On the Beat: No Problem with the Pirates
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John Perrotto

08-26

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Prospectus Perspective: Acting Like Thieves or Rational Agents?
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Matt Swartz

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Deadline Day Outcomes in the NL
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Christina Kahrl and Kevin Goldstein

07-13

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Another Look: The 1952 Pirates
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Bob Hertzel

06-21

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On the Beat: Monday Update
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John Perrotto

06-13

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One-Hoppers: Keelhauled
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Ben Lindbergh

06-07

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Ahead in the Count: Production and the Draft
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Matt Swartz

04-04

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Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

02-25

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Team Health Reports: Pittsburgh Pirates
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Will Carroll

09-21

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Pittsburgh Pirates
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Baseball Prospectus

06-04

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Transaction of the Day: The McLouth Trade
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Christina Kahrl

05-22

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On the Beat: Lowlights in Steel City
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John Perrotto

04-08

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On the Beat: Changes in Slow Motion
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John Perrotto

04-06

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

12-29

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Future Shock: Pirates Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

10-07

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You Could Look It Up: The Best-Worst Blue Jays versus the Best-Worst Pirates
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Steven Goldman

08-28

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Future Shock: And in This Corner...
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Kevin Goldstein

04-15

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You Could Look It Up: Hit Second and Like It
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Steven Goldman

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Jason breaks down a baseball player's roast, Patrick attends a kid's friend's birthday party, and Nathan enjoys some slow radio airtime.

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Holly on the iambic quadramater of Omar Vizquel playing catch, and Kate teases the new hit game show of the summer.

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Nathan retitles those who have been improperly named; Jeffrey distills that old LeBlanc magic, and Jason tells the story of a man west of a house.

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Kate tries to share the passion and excitement of Reds baseball, Matt explores the final moments of a lost career, and Emma ranks the recepients of the rage of Ford Frick.

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Mary discovers a world delivered to Hitler by baseball, Kate watches a rabbit destroy the human facade, and Emma searches for Lithuanian baseball and winds up in Boston.

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Matt ranks the current Orioles first base depth chart, Mary looks at a former two-way player and thinks of new ways, and Annie enjoys an old, familiar feeling.

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The career of Aramis Ramirez, as told through BP writers past and present.

As the season comes to an end, so too does Aramis Ramirez's career. In honor of his retirement, and to look back at his long, successful career, let's review 19 years of BP Annual comments about him, as he grew into one of the most consistent hitters of this generation.

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The key to getting Andrew McCutchen out.

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Ben and Sam discuss their technical difficulties, Alex Rios' trade value, and the origins of the surprisingly successful Pirates.

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June 11, 2013 5:00 am

The Call-Up: Gerrit Cole

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Mark Anderson and Paul Sporer

Our top-ranked preseason prospect makes his major league debut tonight.

The Situation: Pittsburgh left-hander Wandy Rodriguez is suffering from inflammation in his left forearm, causing him to miss a start and forcing the Pirates to look for a replacement in the rotation. Enter Gerrit Cole, the top-ranked pitching prospect on BP’s preseason rankings, who will make his major-league debut on Tuesday night in Pittsburgh.

Background: A first-round pick of the Yankees in 2008, Cole opted not to sign and instead honored his commitment to UCLA, where he topped the Bruins’ rotation for three years. In 2011, the Pirates made him the no. 1 overall pick in the draft and signed him with an $8 million bonus. The right-hander made his official pro debut in 2012, dominating High-A Bradenton through 13 starts. He allowed just 53 hits in 67 innings while striking out 69 batters en route to a 2.55 ERA. The Pirates pushed him to Double-A Altoona in the second half of last season, and he responded with a 2.90 ERA and over a strikeout per inning in 12 starts. After another promotion to Triple-A Indianapolis to start the 2013 season, Cole has posted a 2.91 ERA in 12 starts with just 44 hits allowed in 68 innings, though he has seen his strikeout rate dip to 6.2 whiffs per nine innings.

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The fourth installment of a five-part series on the pressing questions confronting each team in 2013.

In the week leading up to Opening Day, we're asking and answering three questions about each team in a five-part series ordered by descending Playoff Pct from the Playoff Odds Report. Today, we continue with a look at the group of six teams with the second-worst odds of winning at least a Wild Card. As a reminder, you can find links to our preview podcasts for each team here.

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Ben and Sam preview the Pirates' season with R.J. Anderson, and Pete talks to Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Pirates beat writer Rob Biertempfel (at 17:03).



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