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January 18, 2015
by Rob Biertempfel

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A bit more background on Kang

Now that Jung Ho Kang is on their roster, every Pirates regular season game and also a few spring training games this year will be televised in South Korea. “Because of the time difference (Korea is 14 hours ahead of …

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 14, 2015
by Rob Biertempfel

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Mercer ready for Kang’s challenge

BRADENTON, Fla. — Jordy Mercer‘s Twitter feed blew up Tuesday night after free-agent infielder Jung-ho Kang fired a shot across the bow during a press conference at Incheon Airport in Seoul. Kang is on his way to Pittsburgh to finalize …

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, …

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