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June 27, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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That swing

SOUTH HILLS – Gregory Polanco‘s swing has been compared to just about every great left-handed hitter of the modern era from Ken Griffey Jr. to the David Ortiz. I think you have to go back to the 1970s and 1980s …

June 25, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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The cornerstone that wasn’t

SOUTH HILLS – Remember when Jose Tabata was supposed to be part of the Pirates’ future? The former Yankee farmhand and top 30 overall prospect came over in the Xavier Nady deal in 2009 and was the first player under …

June 23, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Trade Pedro?

SOUTH HILLS – One of the questions posed to the distinguished and charismatic panel on WXPI’s Final Word last night — yes I was involved — was the following: should the Pirates trade Pedro Alvarez? It wasn’t a surprising question …

June 18, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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The 25 most valuable Pirates

SOUTH HILLS  – Back by popular demand is the Pirates’ 25 most valuable player list, which is essentially a trade value ranking. This is not a list tied only to 2014 value, rather, it’s all-encompassing value ranking. The list takes …

June 16, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Polanco-palooza

MIAMI – I wondered in this space earlier this month if Gregory Polanco could be Yasiel Puig. No, he’s not going to be a demonstrative, serial bat-flipper like Puig, but could Polanco be the rare type of impact rookie that …

June 11, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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Pittsburgh, we have a problem

SOUTH HILLS – This was supposed to be a blog entry recapping the feel-good story that was Gregory Polanco Day at PNC Park. (The Polanco statue to be unveiled next week  on the river walk). Baseball Gods usually laugh at …

June 10, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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Happy Polanco Day (though it comes under gray skies)

SOUTH HILLS – In case you retire early and rise late, Gregory Polanco will be called up today and is expected to make his major league debut against the Cubs. (Though the Cubs do have a lefty scheduled). Polanco breaking …

June 9, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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Monday Mop-Up Duty: the sum of all fears

PNC PARK – So much rests upon the right shoulder of Gerrit Cole. The way I see it there are three players the Pirates cannot afford to lose for large portions of the season: Andrew McCutchen – you might have …

June 6, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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Going off the board

SOUTH HILLS – The Pirates had an opportunity and a challenge on the first day of the draft Thursday. They had four picks in the top 73 thanks to the trade with the Marlins that landed the 39th overall pick …

 
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