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5 Short Relief: Votto's Insult Comedy, Weaver's Embarrassment Comedy, and Nancy's Achievement by Jason Wojciechowski, Patrick Dubuque and Nathan Bishop
1 Short Relief: Golden Gloves and Geography Game Shows by Holly Wendt and Kate Preusser
4 Short Relief: Onomastics, A LeBlanc Slate, and One Hero's Trial by Nathan Bishop, Jeffrey Paternostro and Jason Wojciechowski
3 Short Relief: Cats Review a Reds-Pirates Game, Eric Thames's Beginning's End, and Sixty Year Old All-Star Snubs by Kate Preusser, Matt Ellis and Emma Baccellieri
4 Short Relief: How Baseball Killed America, A Rabbit Killed Baseball, and History Killed a Fun Fact by Mary Craig, Kate Preusser and Emma Baccellieri
1 Short Relief: A Murder of Orioles, Unsolicited Career Advice, and the Best Deja Vu by Matt Sussman, Mary Craig and Annie Maroon
2 The BP Wayback Machine: A Tip of the Cap to Aramis by Baseball Prospectus
17 Advance Scouting Series: Andrew McCutchen by Jeff Moore
3 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 235: Alex Rios' Value/How the 2013 Pirates Were Built by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
7 The Call-Up: Gerrit Cole by Mark Anderson and Paul Sporer
8 Prospectus Preview: These Questions Three: The Maybe-Next-Years by Bradford Doolittle and Harry Pavlidis
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 150: 2013 Season Preview Series: Pittsburgh Pirates by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett
0 BP Unfiltered: Grapefruit League Journal: Pittsburgh Pirates by Mike Ferrin
13 Skewed Left: How Can the Pirates Make the Most of McCutchen? by Zachary Levine
11 Raising Aces: Bush League: Jameson Taillon and Taijuan Walker by Doug Thorburn
6 Transaction Analysis: Leery of Liriano by Ben Lindbergh
44 Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Pittsburgh Pirates Top 10 Prospects by Jason Parks
0 The BP Wayback Machine: The Gift of Kuhn by Steven Goldman
11 Prospect Profile: Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco by Hudson Belinsky
3 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 32: Joe Mauer and his Contract Clear Waivers/The Demise of Erik Bedard by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
20 Overthinking It: Defending to the Crown by Ben Lindbergh
0 BP Announcements: Kansas City All-Star Weekend Meetup - July 8, 2012 by Joe Hamrahi
6 Baseball ProGUESTus: Pedro Alvarez and the Ghosts of Pirates Prospects Past by Pat Lackey
4 The BP Broadside: Cottleston Pirates by Steven Goldman
4 Kiss'Em Goodbye: Pittsburgh Pirates by Ben Lindbergh, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider
3 Transaction Analysis Blog: Pirates Extend Tabata by R.J. Anderson
2 Divide and Conquer, NL Central: Winless in Milwaukee by Larry Granillo
17 Painting the Black: Should the Pirates Walk the Plank? by R.J. Anderson
42 Pre-Season Predictions by Baseball Prospectus
5 Divide and Conquer, NL Central: Unwinding the Misery Clock by Larry Granillo
7 GM for a Day: Pittsburgh Pirates by John Perrotto
4 Kiss'Em Goodbye: Pittsburgh Pirates by Marc Normandin, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider
7 On the Beat: No Problem with the Pirates by John Perrotto
35 Prospectus Perspective: Acting Like Thieves or Rational Agents? by Matt Swartz
9 Transaction Analysis: Deadline Day Outcomes in the NL by Christina Kahrl and Kevin Goldstein
2 Another Look: The 1952 Pirates by Bob Hertzel
27 On the Beat: Monday Update by John Perrotto
2 One-Hoppers: Keelhauled by Ben Lindbergh
4 Ahead in the Count: Production and the Draft by Matt Swartz
29 Pre-Season Predictions by Baseball Prospectus
6 Team Health Reports: Pittsburgh Pirates by Will Carroll
7 Kiss'Em Goodbye: Pittsburgh Pirates by Baseball Prospectus
30 Transaction of the Day: The McLouth Trade by Christina Kahrl
21 On the Beat: Lowlights in Steel City by John Perrotto
1 On the Beat: Changes in Slow Motion by John Perrotto
28 Preseason Predictions by Baseball Prospectus
26 Future Shock: Pirates Top 11 Prospects by Kevin Goldstein
6 You Could Look It Up: The Best-Worst Blue Jays versus the Best-Worst Pirates by Steven Goldman
1 Future Shock: And in This Corner... by Kevin Goldstein
0 You Could Look It Up: Hit Second and Like It by Steven Goldman
Jason breaks down a baseball player's roast, Patrick attends a kid's friend's birthday party, and Nathan enjoys some slow radio airtime.
Holly on the iambic quadramater of Omar Vizquel playing catch, and Kate teases the new hit game show of the summer.
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.
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.
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.
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. The career of Aramis Ramirez, as told through BP writers past and present.
As the season comes to an end, so too does '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. Aramis Ramirez Read the full article...
The key to getting Andrew McCutchen out.
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
Our top-ranked preseason prospect makes his major league debut tonight.
The Situation: Pittsburgh left-hander 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 Wandy Rodriguez , the top-ranked pitching prospect on BP’s Gerrit Cole 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 . 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. ERA
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March 28, 2013 5:00 am
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. The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.
February 28, 2013 5:00 am
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).