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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 …

January 6, 2015
by Joe Rutter

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Rutter: Coming around on Tim Raines — my HOF ballot

Last year, I broke form and voted for Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. This year, I added another holdover candidate to my ballot: Tim Raines. With previous years’ Hall of Fame discussions centering on Steroid Era players and “who used” …

January 5, 2015
by Rob Biertempfel

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Seven for the Hall

There’s been a lot of talk recently about the so-called unfairness of limiting a Hall of Fame ballot to 10 players. Many (perhaps most) of my fellow voters in the Baseball Writers Association of America want to eliminate the cap, …

December 10, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel

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Winter meetings day 3

SAN DIEGO — Tony Sanchez‘s stint in the Dominican Winter League wound up being a lot shorter than he expected. After playing in just 10 games with Toros del Este, Sanchez was told by the team to go back to …

December 9, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Instant analysis: Pirates sign Liriano

SOUTH HILLS – The Pirates did not retain their No. 1 offseason target in Russell Martin but they did resign their No. 2 free agent, Francisco Liriano, on Tuesday. Liriano signed surprisingly early in the free agent process as the …

December 9, 2014
by Rob Biertempfel

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Winter meetings day 2

SAN DIEGO — Good day, and welcome to day two. If you’re still hunting stocking stuffers, the Pirates will be ready to take your cash starting 10 a.m. Friday, when single-game tickets go on sale. You can get them via …

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