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Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker win Silver Slugger Awards

Whoever it is that announces Silver Slugger Awards (Major League Baseball? Louisville Slugger? Some PR guy with a Twitter account?) announced them today and the Pirates have two winners this year: Neil Walker and Andrew McCutchen. I don’t have an incredible amount of insight to add to stories like this one: there are a lot […]

Heyman: Russell Martin wants five years, Pirates going to “unusual lengths”

There’s not a whole lot of new news here, but Jon Heyman gives us the first Russell Martin update of the off-season:

Pittsburgh, which extended the $15.3 million qualifying offer that he will surely turn down, is said to be quite interested in bringing back Martin to the point of going to unusual lengths for them to try to make it happen. The Pirates, as was reported here, made a multiyear proposal during this his walk season, and while such a late try was a long-shot, it is believed to have been a serious effort on their part.

He adds that the Cubs and Dodgers are likely going to be big players for Martin, the Blue Jays are interested, and that Martin’s agent is presumably looking for a five-year deal since that’s what Brian McCann, Yadier Molina, and Miguel Montero all got in recent years.

So, to recap: a lot of teams want Martin, including the Pirates, and the deal he signs is going to be for many years and many dollars, which probably doesn’t bode well for the Pirates.


The off-season: Focusing on pitching and catching

Major League Baseball’s free agency period officially opened today at midnight (or maybe yesterday at 5 PM, or maybe at 2:09 AM, I don’t really know specifically when it happened) and while the Pirates are likely to be mostly inactive until they hear from Russell Martin and Francisco Liriano on their qualifying offers — I […]


The Pirates’ payroll and Russell Martin

If we’re being honest, I don’t like to spend a whole ton of time worrying about the Pirates’ payroll. There is, quite simply, nothing I can do about it. The front office has to accept the number ownership gives them and put the best team they can on the field with it, and I’m more interested […]

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Oscar Taveras dies at 22

I sat down to watch tonight’s World Series game with my laptop fully intending to get WHYGAVS fired up again. There are two ideas for posts that have been kicking around in my head for a while (they involve payrolls and shifts, which shouldn’t be surprising) and I was determined to hammer one of them […]

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The Royals are in the World Series (and yes, I’m a little bit jealous)

My first reaction to the Royals sweeping the Orioles out of the ALCS and clinching a World Series berth last night was the same as any non-A’s/Angels/Orioles fan with a shred of decency and a sense of wonder: This is really cool. The Royals were pathetic for just as long as the Pirates were, and they […]

Low strikes are making the strike zone huge

What I found was perhaps not surprising – the strike zone did continue to expand, and that expansion was almost entirely due to the bottom of the zone dropping once again. What surprised me was that this season saw the largest single year increase in the size of the strike zone in the PITCHf/x era. I’m […]


The aftermath

“Speak up, destiny, speak up! Destiny always seems decades away, but suddenly it’s not decades away; it’s right now. But maybe destiny is always right now, right here, right this very instant, maybe.”  — Walter M. Miller, A Canticle for Leibowitz When the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirate season ended, I was pretty OK with it. The […]

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I just wanted to take a second to say thanks to everyone that’s said kind things about me and/or WHYGAVS on Twitter or otherwise over the last few days. This season has been quite a ride, and I have quite a bit more to say about it, but I want to take a few days […]


NL Wild Card Game: Giants 8 Pirates 0

Let’s start with this: From when I got down to Pittsburgh around 5 PM until the first pitch was amazing. There were a handful of moments from 2001-2007 at PNC Park where I’d look at my dad or my friend or whoever I was at the game with and say, “THIS! This is it! This […]

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The 2014 National League Wild Card Game: There’s not much left to say

Now that it’s time to write a game preview for this game, I sort of feel talked out. I’ve said my piece about Edinson Volquez and about the Pirate offense and about the historical precedent between the Pirates and Giants and the nature of these one-game playoffs. I haven’t talked about the Giants much, but most […]