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October 30, 2007
by rob biertempfel


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Forget about A-Rod

Many of my brethren are writing stories today rating their teams’ chances of signing free agent Alex Rodriguez. GMs from the Phillies, Mets, Giants, Dodgers, Mariners, Rangers, Angles, Tigers, Indians and perhaps even the Nationals might soon be chatting with …

October 25, 2007
by rob biertempfel


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Tick … tick … tick …

Word comes today that the New York Yankees might be set to announce their new manager as soon as tomorrow, barely a week after Joe Torre opted not to return for 2008. The Kansas City Royals and Cincinnati Reds already …

October 23, 2007
by rob biertempfel


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McCutchen on track for stardom

ESPN baseball analyst Keith Law believes Pirates outfield prospect Andrew McCutchen is going to be a star. Law, who once worked in the Toronto Blue Jays’ front office, recently returned from scouting the Arizona Fall League. He gushed about McCutchen, …

October 16, 2007
by rob biertempfel


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Farrell the right fit?

The latest name to surface in the Pirates’ manager search is John Farrell, who’s in his first year as pitching coach for the Boston Red Sox. Farrell, 45, was the Cleveland Indians’ director of player development from November 2001 until …

October 15, 2007
by rob biertempfel


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Big-name guy for the Bucs?

The NL Central added another marquee manager over the weekend when the Cincinnati Reds hired Dusty Baker. Baker won 53 percent of his games in 14 seasons with the Cubs and Giants. He joins a high-profile group that includes Lou …

October 9, 2007
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Trim the fat

A lot of attention has been focused, and deservedly so, on the personnel changes at PNC Park — the arrivals of Frank Coonelly and Neal Huntington, and the departure of Jim Tracy and his coaching staff. But even after a …

October 5, 2007
by rob biertempfel


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The envelope, please …

The Pittsburgh chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America annually hands out two postseason awards to the Pirates. The Roberto Clemente Award goes to the team MVP. The Chuck Tanner Award is given to the player who best conducts …

October 4, 2007
by rob biertempfel


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Can Doumit do it?

Ryan Doumit ended this year on the disabled list, adding another frustrating chapter to his brief, injury-filled history with the Pirates. With all the struggles catcher Ronny Paulino — his batting average plummeted by nearly 50 points and his defense …

 
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