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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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Can Pittsburgh make Starling Marte more selective without hurting him in other areas?

Ask Clint Hurdle about Starling Marte, and the Pirates manager with tell you that he’s an “electric player”. Marte, the first crest in the wave of Pirates farm system depth, reached the big leagues last year at 23. On the first pitch he saw, he homered into the left field seats, announcing his presence with authority.

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February 15, 2013 9:23 am

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

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Zachary Levine

Are the Pirates on the path to wasting their most valuable asset?

It was yet another losing season for the Pirates, but at least they displayed some reasons to believe things would start getting better soon. Sure, it was just one star and sure he stood alone in a lineup of virtual nothingness, but he was on the cusp of his prime and there were prospects on the way, including a no. 1 overall pick on the mound. So things were looking up on the Pirate Ship despite a brutal finish to an otherwise promising year. This streak of losing seasons had to come to an end sometime in the not-too-distant future.

Anyone who has been following baseball closely knows the story. But do you know the year?

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February 1, 2013 5:00 am

Raising Aces: Bush League: Jameson Taillon and Taijuan Walker

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Doug Thorburn

Sofa-scouting the mechanics of two high-profile pitching prospects.

In the first edition of Bush League, I discussed the viability of sofa-scouting high-level prospects by scouring the archives of MiLB.tv (for a modest subscription price). I also noted the advantages when evaluating pitchers as compared to position players, given the additional off-camera variables that exist for scouting hitting and defense, along with the caveat that pitchers can have volatile mechanics during their development years. The subjects of the original piece included the top two picks from the 2011 draft, Gerrit Cole and Danny Hultzen, and today we’ll take a look at another Pirate-Mariner combination of high-end pitching prospects.

Jameson Taillon and Taijuan Walker were both high-school products of the 2010 draft. Taillon was selected at number two overall by the Pirates, behind top pick Bryce Harper, and Walker was chosen 41 picks later by the Mariners during the supplemental round. I reviewed both pitchers back in July with a brief study of their back-to-back one-inning stints in the Futures Game, and the early returns were impressive. The mechanics of minor-league players are fickle and a pitcher might show different looks on any given day, especially when making a rare relief appearance in a nationally-televised showcase, so the offseason presents a great opportunity to take a deeper look into the performances of these two high-profile prospects.

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December 26, 2012 5:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Leery of Liriano

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Ben Lindbergh

Does FIP tell the truth about Liriano, or is his ERA a better indication of his talent?

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Led by two potential top-of-the-rotation arms, the Pirates' system is one of baseball's most impact-heavy collections of talent.

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Bud Selig thought about blocking the Marlins-Blue Jays blockbuster, but Bowie Kuhn did more than think about overturning trades during his time as commissioner.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

Bud Selig took six days to review the 12-player Marlins-Blue Jays trade before allowing it to stand. However, there is some precedent for a commissioner having the power to overturn trades, as Steven Goldman explained in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "You Could Look it Up" column on April 24, 2006.
 


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September 20, 2012 5:00 am

Prospect Profile: Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco

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Hudson Belinsky

Breaking down a pair of position player prospects who made major strides in the Pirates' system this season.

Evaluating talent on the international market can be even more difficult than it is on the domestic side. Often, prospect writers become enamored with bonus babies and neglect many of the talented players who sign for smaller bonus figures. Every year, a few of these under-the-radar prospects raise their profiles considerably. This season, the Pittsburgh Pirates system saw two Dominican players burst onto the prospect scene: Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco.

After a decent showing (statistically speaking) in the Gulf Coast League, Hanson advanced to full-season ball in 2012. He entered the season as the Pirates’ no. 17 prospect, according to Kevin Goldstein, described as a “young infielder [with] speed and an idea at the plate.” Now, one could make an argument that Hanson is the Pirates’ top position prospect.

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Ben and Sam discuss whether a team should have claimed Joe Mauer, what he's worth, and what his future will look like, then talk about the end of Erik Bedard's stay in Pittsburgh and how sad it is when a guy who's always either good or injured goes bad.

Ben and Sam discuss whether a team should have claimed Joe Mauer, what he's worth, and what his future will look like, then talk about the end of Erik Bedard's stay in Pittsburgh and how sad it is when a guy who's always either good or injured goes bad.

Episode 32: "Joe Mauer and his Contract Clear Waivers/The Demise of Erik Bedard"

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August 9, 2012 11:52 am

Overthinking It: Defending to the Crown

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Ben Lindbergh

This year's Pirates haven't crumbled like last year's Pirates, and the reasons why start with team defense.

With a 7-6 win over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday night, the Pirates ran their record to 63-47, pulling within 2 ½ games of Cincinnati in the NL Central. They remain tied with Atlanta atop the NL Wild Card standings. If the season ended today, the Pirates would be a playoff team. That’s not something we’ve been able to say very often after April in the last 20 years.

Last year at this time, the Pirates were in mid-free fall, fresh off a 10-game losing streak that put them under .500 for good. This year, that collapse isn’t coming. Pittsburgh’s 2011 team had a -39 run differential on this date last season, but this year’s edition has outscored its opponents by 35 runs. The Pirates haven’t played as well as their record would indicate, which explains why their playoff odds still sit below 60 percent. But even if their two-decade postseason appearance drought does go on a little longer, their streak of consecutive sub-.500 seasons is about to end.

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Baseball Prospectus and the Royalman Report Present All-Star Sunday at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Baseball Prospectus and the Royalman Report invite you to join us for a great day of baseball on Sunday, July 8 at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum with special guests, the Baseball Industry Network and Royals Authority

Thanks to the fine folks at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, we are proud to be able to offer our guests the following:

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Pedro Alvarez's big-league career hasn't begun quite as the Pirates hoped it would, but will his future be more like Brad Eldred's or Jose Bautista's?

​​​Believe it or not, most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Pat Lackey is the writer, editor, chief scientist, and head brewmaster of Where Have You Gone, Andy Van Slyke?, a blog that's been chronicling the peaks and valleys of Pittsburgh Pirate fandom since 2005. He has been a grad student for more than half of that time. You can find him on Twitter @whygavs, where he'll be more than happy to talk about pretty much anything, including, but not limited to: baseball, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh baseball, good science fiction, bad science fiction, just fiction in general, beer, making beer, and comic books. No, he has not set a defense date yet.
 


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December 14, 2011 4:08 am

The BP Broadside: Cottleston Pirates

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Steven Goldman

In one key regard, the young Pirates are older than you think.

In A.A. Milne’s original Winnie-the-Pooh stories, there is a little song called “Cottleleston Pie,” which is the song Pooh sings when he’s confused by some piece of information:

Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie,
A fly can’t bird, but a bird can fly.
Ask me a riddle and I reply
Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie.

Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie,
Why does a chicken? I don’t know why.
Ask me a riddle and I reply
Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie.







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