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January 28, 2015
by Travis Sawchik


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How many eggs are in Polanco’s basket? (Updated with podcast)

SOUTH HILLS – So the Pirates were not quite done shaking up the roster this offseason, sending projected fourth outfielder Travis Snider (a ‘superhero’ as described  by Carlos Gomez) to the Orioles last night for prospect Stephen Tarpley and a prospect to be named …

January 27, 2015
by Travis Sawchik


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Thames and Cantu as Rosetta Stones?

SOUTH HILLS – Humans are always in search of  translation tools. Because the Rosetta Stone had text in three different scripts it became the key to understanding Egyptian language. The film Imitation Game detailed how Alan Turing cracked the German enigma code, …

January 26, 2015
by Travis Sawchik


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Monday Mop-Up Duty: The new commish said what?

SOUTH HILLS – Rob Manfred conducted one of his first interviews as MLB  commissioner over the weekend with ESPN. What he said was frightening. ESPN’s Karl Ravech interviewed Manfred and the questioning got around to adjustments he would consider to …

January 22, 2015
by Travis Sawchik


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The Neil Walker dilemma

SOUTH HILLS – One of the more interesting players the Pirates will soon have to make a decision on is Neil Walker. Not only was Walker arguably the top offensive second baseman in the NL last season, he’s of course a …

January 19, 2015
by Travis Sawchik


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Monday Mop-Up Duty: A nice offseason but …

SOUTH HILLS – The Pirates’ ownership and front office groups put forth a much more robust offseason effort than a winter earlier when the Pirates committed only $7 million combined to free agents Edinson Volquez and Clint Barmes.(Though the Pirates also signed Charlie Morton to …

January 17, 2015
by Travis Sawchik


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Unknowns mark opportunity with Kang … and a $90 million payroll?

SOUTH HILLS – In some ways, there’s more unknown with Jung Ho Kang then any high-profile, international free agent before him. After all, there has never been a KBO position player to be posted and transition to the major leagues. So while the …

January 15, 2015
by Travis Sawchik


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Does Alvarez’s absence matter? And Fixing Morton

CLARK BUILDING -Much has been made about Pedro Alvarez‘s absence from the Pirates’ January minicamp in Florida this week. While he’s not the only regular missing, other regulars not in attendance are not in the process of learning new positions and …

January 7, 2015
by Travis Sawchik


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Mr. Automatic: Jordy Mercer

SOUTH HILLS – Jordy Mercer is probably better than you think he is. He certainly exceeded my expectations in 2014. He was just a slightly-below-average offensive player playing shortstop, while becoming a much more consistent defender. In fact, he became …

 
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