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February 18, 2015
by Travis Sawchik

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The communication gap

SOUTH HILLS – Pitchers and catchers report today in Bradenton, Fla. and the full squad is due in on Feb. 24th, though a number of players have already arrived in camp. Each year, when the Pirates’ full squad migrates to …

February 16, 2015
by Rob Biertempfel

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Kang among early arrivals for spring training

BRADENTON, Fla. — Jung Ho Kang reported to Pirate City last Wednesday, a full week before pitchers/catchers and two weeks before position players are required to be in camp. “I’ve worked out here (four) days so far,” Kang said through …

February 13, 2015
by Travis Sawchik

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The case against shrinking the strike zone

SOUTH HILLS – There’s a number of reasons for baseball’s decline in offense, as run scoring contracted for an eighth consecutive year last season to 4.07 runs per team per game. That’s fewest runs per game since 1981. There’s the proliferation of …

February 10, 2015
by Travis Sawchik

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Can the Pirates’ pen be elite again?

SOUTH HILLS – The one area where the Pirates could regress to the mean in a significant, positive, low-cost way in 2015 (progression to the mean?) is simply through a better bullpen performance. Recall, one of the reasons the Pirates were so good …

February 2, 2015
by Travis Sawchik

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Monday Mop-Up: State of the Pirates

SOUTH HILLS – You can argue the Pirates will be challenged to reach the playoffs again in 2015. While the club did a nice job of scrambling this offseason, they did lose a player I voted as the team MVP in the …

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