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Wakeup Call: Tuesday vacation thread

I’m on vacation until Monday, but I have this post here for Joe to place his links and for any commenting on stuff. I’ll put one of these up all week.


  1. JAL says:

    7 Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Spring Training Tracker


    8—Pirates Prospects

    John Sickels Ranks the Pirates Farm System 12th Overall

    Winter League Playoffs 1/23 — Ledezma Earns A Win

    9 McEffect

    N.L. Central Top Prospects – Chicago Cubs

    10 Rumbunter

    The Fix 1.0: Our Pittsburgh Pirates News Update

    Starling Marte Latest Pirate Prospect in MLB Top Ten List>/b>

  2. JAL says:


    11 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    Dan Patrick reports Braun may be cleared of positive test

    12 Houston Chronicle

    Solomon: Astros need changes but not to name

    13 ESPN

    The biggest baseball offseason storylines

    14 Sports Illustrated

    Bidders for bankrupt Dodgers talking about combining groups

    15 Federal Baseball

    Wire Taps: Washington Nationals, Prince Fielder Rumors Day 245.

  3. JAL says:


    16 Bleacher Report

    Pittsburgh Pirates: The 10 Proudest Moments in Franchise History

    17 IS Sports

    Pittsburgh Pirates: GM Huntington’s Offseason “Portfolio”

    18 Minor League Ball

    2012 Baseball Farm System Rankings

  4. JAL says:

    Steelers Blogs

    19 Behind the Steel Curtain

    Just Making it to the Super Bowl is a Great Thing

    1979 and 2012: Two Different but Similar Years of Transition for one Fan and his Beloved Steelers

    A Comprehensive Look at Offensive Coordinators in the NFL for the Past Five Seasons

    20 Steelers Depot

    Steelers Six From Around the Web

    21 Steelers Gab

    King: Don’t Be Shocked to See Jim Caldwell as the Next Steelers OC

  5. JAL says:

    Title song Downtown, Petula Clark, 1965. First of a string of hits by her. She is now 79 and about to open for two weeks at Feinstein’s in New York City.

  6. Jandy says:

    Surprisingly, AO got 3 games. More surprising, Z-man got nothing, not even a fine. I expected a fine, similar to PK Subban getting fined for his continued shenanigans. That’s another one that needs a lengthy suspension.

    Petula Clark, 79 and still performing live??? Amazing!
    Thanks for the links JAL =)

  7. Milo Hamilton says:

    I’m a huge Sinatra fan. But there was a time in the 60’s when Frank tried a little too hard to be hip. I thought they should have taken all those songs and put them together in an album entitled – Frank, What Were You Thinking ? Here’s a classic instance. Downtown.

  8. CWalton_67 says:

    @Jandy–I figured Ovi would get suspended, but I don’t understand how he got the same number of games suspension as Engelland, who was not a repeat offender. I expected more from Shanahan. If the NHL was serious about ending head shots, he would have gotten ten games. And Michalek should have been suspended for a game. His hit was blatant, and dangerous.

  9. January 24

    25 days until Pirate Spring Training

    Pirate starting pitching——”What, me worry?!” quoth Alfred . . . . .

  10. Jandy says:

    CWalton, I agree in one respect that Michalek should have gotten something.. But I was leaning towards a fine, as that is all that PK Subban got for slew footing Kunitz. There’s a another player (I use the term loosely) that needs severe discipline. Michalek’s hit wasn’t extreme, though he did hit the head, but I don’t think it merited suspension.
    Agree with you 100% tho, that Ovie should have gotten at least 10 games. This is his third suspension. Had that been Cooke, well, he’d have been banned from the league. Nuff said.

  11. JohninOshkosh says:

    Happy to see “Moneyball” get some Oscar nominations this morning. Always has amazed me that in the incredibly rich history of American cinema there have only been a handful of great baseball movies. Especially, given how intertwined baseball is in the American DNA.

    Similarly amazed that there has never been a great biopic about Clemente. His story has the great drama of triumph, intolerance, achievement and loss. Some great books about his life-but no films.

  12. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Thank God for Ray Searage. I’m sure Karstens and Morton do, based on their success and newly-padded wallets. Searage has the ability to make a silk purse out of the proverbial sow’s ear and Kerigan (Dave, whatever Kendall called him) had the opposite effect.

  13. tmp444 says:

    Ovie has pulled out of the all-star game, blaming the suspension. Hopefully the NHL will go one better and put James Neal in his place.

  14. Kevin says:

    Neal belonged there first anyway, but I agree tmp…

  15. #8 from JAL’s list above a very interesting take on the Pirates’ farm.

    Another SBNation link from that page gives even a better evaluation of Neal Huntington and his tenure here: fair but critical. Quick Analysis: will Bucs in fact EVER arrive?!?

    It ticks me off a little that my Spring, 2010 assessment—the Bucs won’t be at .500 until 2013 at best——appears to be accurate. I would have much rather been wrong!!

  16. Jandy says:

    @ tmo and Kevin, heck, that’s GREAT news. With Toews likely out, looks like Nealer may get in there yet :)

    So, Ovie is being a spoiled child. Someone should make him stand at the chalkboard and write “I will not leave my skates to make illegal hits to the head ever again” 100 times ;)

  17. Kevin says:

    @Jandy – as long as Shanahan provides the video commentary as to why he is receiving the punishment…

  18. Jandy says:

    Kevin ~ How do you make a video of a thick skull like Ovie’s that nothing sinks into? ;)

  19. Milo Hamilton says:

    Prince Fielder signs with Detroit.

    Remember when free agents wouldn’t go there ?

  20. Jandy says:

    Milo ~ wow. Detroit’s sports teams are improving. Wings are good, have been for years. Lions did well this past season. Now the Tigers get Fielder. Who’da thunk it?

  21. Milo Hamilton says:

    Today the Pirates did nothing .

  22. Kevin says:

    I guess their offer to Prince just wasn’t….oh, wait. Nevermind.

  23. Eric Bowser says:

    Well, the best management team in sports would tell you the difference between the Pirates and Tigers is attendance. PNC averaged 24k fans, Comerica had 36k.

  24. Dave G in Mason, OH says:

    Fielder signs with the Tigers!

    Detroit has erased the last possible excuse for the Pirates not signing a superstar (too small of a market to afford one).

    Today, this fan’s ‘internal value’ of the Pirates’ current management team has evaporated to next to nothing…

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