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On location: Cubs 7, Pirates 3

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (30-33) vs. Chicago Cubs (25-36)

Time: 7:05 p.m.

Site: PNC Park

TV, Radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here’s the official live box score.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page and our Bucco Blog. Rob Biertempfel and Travis Sawchik are on the scene for the Trib.

Here’s some of Gregory Polanco’s pregame press conference:

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.


  1. Reading says:


  2. SteelerMI says:

    Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:05 P.M. ET

    Chicago Cubs Lineup
    CF: Emilio Bonifacio
    LF: Junior Lake
    1B: Anthony Rizzo
    SS: Starlin Castro
    RF: Justin Ruggiano
    3B: Mike Olt
    2B: Darwin Barney
    C: Eli Whiteside
    SP: Travis Wood

    Pittsburgh Pirates Lineup
    3B: Josh Harrison
    RF: Gregory Polanco
    CF: Andrew McCutchen
    1B: Gaby Sanchez
    C: Russell Martin
    LF: Starling Marte
    SS: Jordy Mercer
    2B: Clint Barmes
    SP: Francisco Liriano

  3. Maz in Iowa says:


  4. Maz in Iowa says:

    So who is this Poblano guy? :)

  5. Bizrow says:

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  6. The only LH batter in the order besides Lirano. Must a pretty tough out.


  7. Patrick(ri) says:

    Don’t know but they say he is really hot.

  8. Nate83 says:

    Infield of Harrison, Mercer, Barmes and Sanchez. Who had that penciled in for any game this year. Should be interesting.

  9. Stuart says:

    Way to go Biz, and let the Polanco era begin!


  10. Nate83 says:

    Thanks for doing this. Can you add a frowny face for all cities with a Pirate fan?

  11. JohninOshkosh says:

    This unreal fan who didn’t go to the game can feel the excitement all the way here.

    It’s wafting out of PNC, floating over Ohio, making a beeline across lower Michigan and coming over magnificent Lake Michigan via gentle breeze.

    This is exciting!

  12. Matt hoffman says:

    I have seen a lot of posts stating that Polanco hasn’t been in AAA long enough. That may or may not be the case (arguementative at this point).
    I really have no point other than reflecting that Jose Castillo was called straight up from AA if my memory serves me correct. I wonder how many players are called straight up from AA?

  13. Nate83 says:

    “This is exciting”

    Why is something going on tonight? It can’t be to important. I heard they didn’t even sell the game out.

  14. Wild Bill says:

    Naje and I would like to point out that our birthdays also coincide with Kate Upton’s birthday.

    Gregory’s debut could not have come at any more significant date, with the possible exception of opening day.

  15. Maz in Iowa says:

    Saw someone on Dejan’s chat suggesting Harrison at SS.In what post apocalyptic world would anyone want Harrison at SS on an every day basis?

  16. NMR says:

    Really must not like Harrison’s defense up the middle. If you sit Pedro against a lefty and his replacement is Clint Barmes, you’re doing it wrong.

  17. Flbucco says:

    I have heard there have even been some players who did quite well who never played a game in the minor leagues – that cannot be possible could it?

  18. NMR says:

    Matt, you will see that every once in a while. Mostly with college guys.

    The player that seems to be brought up most as an example is Manny Machado. FWIW, he’s hit .250/.286/.373 since last June. 609 PA.

    Far from a given that he’s developed enough to be called a star at this point, or in the future.

  19. NMR says:

    A world in which video games and fantasy sports are played in lieu of the real thing.

  20. Nate83 says:

    My birthday was yesterday so technically it was announced officially on my birthday.

  21. Bizrow says:

    Agree, NMR, Pedro should be in there

  22. Matt hoffman says:

    Thanks NMR.

  23. Bizrow says:

    It goes without saying, this is the Nation of frowny faces ;-)

    Except so far today, maybe…

  24. Bizrow says:

    I think I heard the number is around 20 guys that never played in the minors

  25. Wild Bill says:

    Hope ya had a big time, Nate!

  26. Bizrow says:

    This is nuts, Dejan tweeted how GP did in BP

  27. Bizrow says:

    Happy Birthday to both of you lunatics

  28. Nate83 says:

    It now looks like he could have worked on his anger management skills with more minor league time.

    He admitted to throwing the bat but only after watching the tape. Apperently his brain wasn’t involved in the original decision to throw the bat. Oh yeah….he decided to argue his 5 game suspension because he appently forgot he admitted throwing the bat.

  29. Wild Bill says:

    Thanks, Biz.

  30. War_Horse says:

    I wish young Polanco every possible success in his first appearance on the big stage (full park or not), but it may be worth remembering that Pirate fans, including a few on this blog, worked themselves into a lather last year when Andrew Lambo was about to come up. We all had high hopes that he would add to the late summer pennant push. And he fizzled like spent fireworks on Saturday night at PNC. Seven hits (1 HR) in 30 ABs. He has shown some improvement at Indianapolish this season, but is injured now and out for a while. Let’s not be overwhelmed by the hype about Polanco, though I hope he makes it.

  31. Maz in Iowa says:

    Dick Groat…Harmon Killebrew…Catfish Hunter,,Dave Winfield..Mike Leake..John Olerud

  32. Nate83 says:

    I did. Hopefully you are having a good one today that ends with a Pirate win.

  33. Reading says:

    Xavier Nady.

  34. Bizrow says:

    Joe Horner, homered in his first game in the bigs (against the PBC)

  35. Bizrow says:

    There was a High School pitcher that I think went straight to the big leagues, Clyde? Texas Rangers?

    Never made much though

  36. Karen22 says:

    Polenta…cornmeal mush.

  37. Bizrow says:

    Working ourselves into a lather is our middle name here ;-)

    Its not just this place, you should hear the hosts on the FAN

  38. War_Horse says:

    I’m a bit too far away to listen to FAN radio, but I can imagine.

  39. pattonbb says:

    Cutch is about to be on Intentional Talk, for anyone with MLB.

  40. Arriba Wilver says:

    Anyone can fail, but there is really no comparison between the Polanco expectations and Lambo last year, aside from people wanted him up here. Not even sure Cutch came up with these expectations, but his call up kind of got lost in the meltdown over trading Nate.

  41. NMR says:

    That was stupid, no doubt. But then I again, I expect kids born in the 90s to do stupid things. Because they’re kids.

    Still has some growing up to do.

  42. Maz in Iowa says:

    But Lambo struggled at AA for …..maybe 2 full seasons.Not even a good comparison.Polanco has an excellent OBP.Great arm(super arm/defensive skills).Very good speed/baserunning skills.Polanco’s defensive skills alone would call for a promotion… his ability to steal bases and run down flyballs and throw out baserunners.

  43. Karen22 says:

    I just hope the young man isn’t reading all of the hype. I just want to see him play! Very excited to catch my first glimpse! Hubby & I were there for Cole’s debut last year – the atmosphere was electric. I mentioned this morning that it was Polanco Day and he took one look at the potential weather forecast and said he didn’t want to take a chance…we live in Indiana,PA, and it takes an hour and a half to get down there on a non-event weeknight. It’s 5:15 and he just apologized to me – there’s now very little chance of storms until late tonight. Crap! Too late!! Guess we have to root with ROOT! You CANNOT rely on a weather forecast unless you live in Phoenix!! EVER! :(

    And a big shoutout to the Real Deal Neil for a quick recovery! GOOOOOOOO BUCS!!! :)

  44. Chuck H says:

    Happy birthday, Nate83. Hope your BD present hits 2 homers tonight. Well, he is finally here, so stop biting your nails until his first at-bat. hope he’s the real thing and not just another auto out.

  45. NMR says:

    “He has shown some improvement at Indianapolish this season, but is injured now and out for a while.”

    Indiana. Polish. Polish, Indiana.

    Ok, I’m done.

  46. Brandie says:


  47. Jim S. says:

    Hehehe, Nate!

  48. Bizrow says:

    If he is what we hope he is, the hype will roll off his back like water on a duck

  49. Jim S. says:

    Word has it, his hair was also on fire this past weekend.

  50. Brandie says:

    Happy Birthday dude!

  51. Brandie says:

    Hope you are having an Untamed Birthday.

  52. Baywatch says:

    51 comments by 5:30! Make it FITTY-TWO! Y’ALL BETTER HURRY UP AND GET DRESSED FOR THE GAME! :-)

  53. Jim S. says:

    FWIW … on Twitter, DK commented that Polanco is very grounded, and answered questions as though none of this is getting to him whatsoever.

  54. Baywatch says:

    One more: If God sees fit to let me live to 80, I wanna have my grandson over that night to watch a double feature: “42” and “25!” Sniff …

  55. Bizrow says:

    David Clyde

  56. Karen22 says:

    :) – Evening, Brandie and Loonies!

  57. Bizrow says:

    I know, just reporting ;-)

    The FAN is available thru a link on the internet though, a good way to listen if the game is not on too “late” for you ;-)

  58. Bizrow says:

    Yeah, Jim, I heard a bit of his interview with the media on the radio, impressive

  59. Maz in Iowa says:

    Rene Gayo has said GP is very grounded,humble,appreciative and nothing like* cough cough* Johnny(let’s hear it for me)Manzeil.(no I don’t care about spelling his name correctly)

  60. Karen22 says:

    DITTO!! :)

  61. Karen22 says:

    I’ve heard that, too…but he’s still very young. Good luck, Gregory!!

  62. Florida Steeler says:


  63. Andrew says:

    2012-Today v LHP

    Alvarez: .196/.263/.335 wRC+ 67
    Barmes: .236.310/.338 wRC+ 81

    I think it is more of a tossup, Barmes’s bat speed is only declining, and Alvarez has been better this year but it is the best of two bad options.

  64. Arriba Wilver says:

    I thought watching games like this was why they invented HDTV.

  65. Smitty55 says:

    Hi guys, longtime lurker….but had to post about players who never played minor league ball. Youngest player ever was Joe Nuxhall..Either 15 or 16 whern he made his major league debut. Thanks for the daily info and all the laughs you folks provide me. It’s Go Gregory, and GO BUCS.

  66. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Even with knowing how bad Pedro is against LHP?

    I look at it as more of swapping him with JHay, even though he’s been in the lineup.

    Gentler on my stomach

  67. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Very, very small minority on that

  68. Baywatch says:

    +++ EGGZACKly!

  69. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Glad to see this thread is a bit more upbeat.

    It seems as though we had some “nubes” in there today that was on a DK head hunt.

  70. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    The Pirates need one of those “good story players.” (Cespedes, Springer, Trout etc.)

    You see it all over, it’s time for them to get one of those lucky star players.

    Let’s hope GP is that guy.

  71. Arriba Wilver says:

    How many at bats are we talking about for each?

  72. Arriba Wilver says:

    Self inflicted.

  73. Patrick(RI) says:

    Great tunnel photo. The last one like that I can recall was of Ian Snell (fingers crossed).

  74. John Lease says:

    Time to predict.

    I predict he pulls it down the line for a stand up double, scoring Josh Harrison as the Pirates take a 1-0 lead.

  75. Life goes on. If I have to choose between taking the convenient position or going with what I really think, that’s never difficult. A lot of bad information — or lack of information — went out there on this topic. I worked to get my own, came up with my own view, and that’s that.

  76. Andrew says:

    175 for Barmes, and 346 for Alvarez, so not large but on average a hitter, if not used in a platoon, should get around 120-150 PAs vs LHP a season.

    Here is a link for 2010-14, neither are good options, I don’t have a preference, I just hope for you #cantpredictbaseball.,2495,1830

  77. Andrew says:

    I think there is a bit of difference between a guy who was ranked top #10 this pre-season and one who was ranked in 50s in 2009 and then scuffled in the minors for several years.

  78. Thundercrack says:

    Maybe they like Mercer’s defense at second less

  79. pattonbb says:

    In non Polanco related news…..

    Buck Showalter called Griffey Jr “disrespectful” because he wore his hat backwards during BP. Now Buck’s pride and joy throws a bat at an opposing player, hits a catcher twice, and tries to start a benches clearing brawl 3 times and what does Buck say?

    “I thought Manny handled it better than someone with some experience [would],” he said. “It was also a good experience for him to have. He cares.” – Baltimore Sun.

    Not only is Buck an over rated manager, he’s also a huge hypocrite.  

    Now back to your regularly scheduled Polancomania coverage. Let’s Go Bucs!

  80. Thundercrack says:

    For what it’s worth, I agree with you regarding Polanco. And I learned a lot about the whole situation from your reporting.

    I’m just not sure some people were thrilled with the use of the term ‘stupid’. They may have thought you were calling them stupid, when you were calling the idea of bringing him up early stupid. (which some may think is the same thing)

    And the thought of your being a Nutting apologist cracked me up.

  81. Brandie says:


  82. 21sthebest says:

    I predict Polanco goes 5-4 with 7 homeruns, 15 RBIs, throws out 5 Cubs in one inning, gets the save, and they let him wear 21 for the rest of his career.

  83. Thundercrack says:

    Prayers answered. No Nevrett on tv!!

  84. cobra39 says:

    I prefer Neverette. I like them all except … Steve. Hate to say it, but true.

  85. Andrew says:

    I never understood how certain sports opinions can achieve the level politically partisanship.

  86. 21sthebest says:

    He looks taller than Cutch even from that overhead view.

  87. cobra39 says:

    Why didn’t Palanco catch that? He’s overrated, obviously.

  88. Thundercrack says:

    The fan threw the home run ball back on to the field.

    What if he would have hit Polanco in the head? That would have been bad

  89. tcb says:

    Liriano is raining on the parade. Not a good start to the game.

  90. FlBucco says:

    6’4″ vs 5’10”

  91. cobra39 says:

    He’s out!

  92. FlBucco says:

    Ability to respect those who have a different opinion would have helped – there were some real fans who wanted to see the team commit to winning now – and the Polanco decision was one of several things that we didn’t like – DK never felt he should acknowledge that as reasonable – chose to call us conspiracy nuts, stupid and idiots – I took it personally

  93. Thundercrack says:

    That dude can’t even get it out of the infield. We waited all that time….

  94. 21sthebest says:

    I wonder if Alex Presley is available.

  95. Thundercrack says:

    Or the guy that Jim Tracy ruined

  96. Thundercrack says:

    Fair enough

  97. Patrick(ri) says:

    Hope Brown is wearing his depends. Ridiculous future speculations.

  98. Andrew says:

    Neil Walker, great corporate spokesman.

  99. dennis g says:

    Bob Horner, never played in the minors but he did do a 3 year stint at ASU, which was the premier college baseball program at the time.

  100. dennis g says:

    Similar comments were expressed on various blogs when it was first suggested that Neil Walker replace Aki Iwamura. Obviously those who expressed them were wrong.

  101. pattonbb says:

    Zach Duke?

  102. dennis g says:

    Well Eddie Gaedel never played in the minor leagues either. During the war anything was possible.

  103. Thundercrack says:

    No the outfielder that he changed his approach at the plate

  104. dennis g says:

    Which is not to say that Nuxhall never pitched in the minors, he did, a lot, or that Gaedel played during WWII, he did not. Minor clarification. Resume misunderstanding or misinterpreting each other.

  105. dennis g says:

    Please where is it if possible to say?

  106. pattonbb says:

    Oh, you mean the other player Jim Tracy ruined.

  107. dennis g says:

    Let me be the first to comment on Polanco’s first hit and run scored. What a player.

  108. Brandie says:

    Woo hoo! St. Gregory and Cutch!

  109. Jandy says:


  110. Jandy says:

    Ahhhhh yes….I made it in from letting the dogs out, just in time to see Polanco single then Cutch homer. This is one happy Jandy :)

  111. Brandie says:


  112. Barb says:

    Well the injury bug strikes again. Man oh man can we ever catch a break?

  113. Brandie says:

    Jandy!!!! Good to see ya!!! Got another raise today!!!!

  114. Jandy says:

    ahahaha sistah, you outdid yourself up there ^^ with the Polanco Polka lol

  115. Barb says:

    Missed them both – I was in the basement doing laundry.

  116. Barb says:

    Way to go Brandecita.

  117. The Gunner says:

    So much for Lousiano, looks like he is hurt. Now, tighten your chinstrap because Jeanmar is coming in.

  118. Brandie says:

    Calling Vance Worley!

  119. Cobra39 says:

    Polanco gets a base hit. Take that, Dejan! Now who feels like an idiot!

  120. Jandy says:

    well dang, Bodacious!

  121. Jandy says:

    woop woop!! WTG my girl! :D

  122. JRay3 says:

    Ok thought team had enough depth to withstand Rodriguez going, Cole to DL for couple weeks.

    Now Liriano? Team can’t catch a break.

    Paging Vance Worley?

  123. The Gunner says:

    Yep, Brownie is acting like he could have an accident any minute.

  124. Jandy says:

    Can I add that I am extremely proud of you not to mention very happy?

  125. Barb says:

    I know I know a woman’s work……..well you get it.

  126. Jandy says:

    Get in line JRay, Brandecita already put the shout out…

  127. Jandy says:

    Heck yeah…hubby is working weird hours yesterday and today, I’ve been scrambling to get his stuff done so I can watch baseball lol

  128. Patrick(ri) says:

    T hey used to show it frequently on the Fox telecasts. Not sure what year it was.

  129. The Gunner says:

    The home plate ump is awful

  130. TJA says:

    Pitchers dropping like flies. Here’ a trade: Polanco for Verlander or Kershaw. OK…OK…I know….I just got back from vacation. I guess I sat in the Florida sun way too long! Brain got fried.

  131. Andrew says:

    I’d call that witch doctor, Joe Madden brought in for the Rays.

  132. Jandy says:

    AND your hair’s on fire ;)

  133. Jandy says:

    Marte looking like he’s figured it all out again :)

  134. The Gunner says:

    you spoke too soon, Jandy

  135. Jandy says:

    yeah…darn it!

  136. The Gunner says:

    it probably cost us a run. The bullpen is going to get another workout tonight.

  137. dennis g says:

    Not everything.

  138. Jandy says:

    it absolutely did

  139. Jandy says:

    Help me out here, guys. Why is Polanco popping them up high in the infield?

  140. Andrew says:

    If Marte was not aggressive in going for that double that fielder’s choice would have been a GIDP.

  141. John Lease says:

    Oh, how droll!

  142. Jandy says:

    Thanks Andrew, I wasn’t seeing that, but i follow ya

  143. John Lease says:

    The only value Gomez really has is as a fill in starter. He did OK there last year, let this be his audition.

    I’m not down with Vance Worley.

  144. Barb says:

    Well Casey is throwing some heat tonight.

  145. Andrew says:

    I think it did cost a run, I view Marte’s mistakes as a product of his aggressiveness. I hope he can cut down on them but sometimes you have to take the good with the bad, like Malkin and his turnovers.

  146. Brandie says:

    Thank you for all of the support!

  147. Jandy says:

    Good way to look at it

  148. Brandie says:

    Thanks Barbalicious!

  149. Jandy says:

    nice hustle by Cutch

  150. Jandy says:

    my pleasure indeed…makes my heart happy to see you back on track :)

  151. Brandie says:

    FREE SADLER! !!!!!!!!!

  152. Patrick(ri) says:

    I was wrong about Fox. I think they often showed the quote, but the photo of Snell, reaching up and touching the quote was published in the Post Gazette of August 8, 2008. I cannot figure out how to show the picture, but here is the URL:

  153. Jandy says:

    great inning by Sadler

  154. Lad 9 says:

    Chis Duffy.

  155. Jandy says:

    uh oh

  156. Lad 9 says:

    +++++++++++ You go Brandieeeeee!. Very proud of you!

  157. DemonDachshund says:

    Won’t happen cuz Nutting’s cheap.

    (Yes, that’s a joke.)

  158. Jandy says:

    bwahahahahahaha ;)

  159. Florida Steeler says:

    How damn stupid is that kid?? Even Brown asked if Marte can count.

  160. The Gunner says:

    Coonelly is such a horse’s a**. At least he appears to be coherent tonight.

  161. The Gunner says:

    Brown just said Polanco is learning how to play right field

  162. Jandy says:


  163. Florida Steeler says:

    Of course he did–he has to speak the Pirate BS about staying in the minors.

  164. The Gunner says:

    I think you, Jandy & Florida Steeler are the only people watching the game

  165. Florida Steeler says:

    Pitching is downright awful. Neal has to make a deal for Price or Smardja.

  166. Brandie says:

    FIRE BROWN!!!!!

  167. Florida Steeler says:

    I am about ready to turn on the recorded 24.

  168. The Gunner says:

    Brownie is starting to make excuses like Prince used to when the Pirates would be losing or playing bad. He must be listening to the Gunner’s old broadcasts in his spare time.

  169. The Gunner says:

    If Neal makea a deal, it’ll be for some scrubeenie, not Price or the boy from ND

  170. Arriba Wilver says:


  171. Jandy says:

    I’m rather flibbergusted with Polanco’s fielding ability…or lack of

  172. hockeymonster says:

    So DK tricked everyone into a buying a ticket just to watch Mr. Super Dos drop a can o’ corn? Did that really happen?

  173. cherokee23 says:

    I think he’ll make a move similar to the Wandy trade couple years ago

  174. The Gunner says:

    Yep, 210 pounds of golden bantam

  175. Jandy says:

    not the can of corn, the whole dang corndog!

  176. cherokee23 says:

    He should have caught the ball, but that was no can o corn

  177. Jandy says:


  178. Andrew says:

    If they have a lefty going in the bullpen, why bring in Ike? Sanchez has a better against RHP, than Davis does against LHP.

  179. Jandy says:

    I’m off to bed, will turn it on upstairs…

  180. The Gunner says:


    You’re a glutton for punishment, kinda like me

  181. M.L. says:

    If Polanco ends up being 3/4 the player McCutchen is, he will have a great career.

  182. M.L. says:

    BREAKING: Pirates fans…your owner does not care about winning. Why support a franchise that has 20 years to support this narrative (with one lucky year as argument against)? Demand better from your owner or this con will continue in perpetuity. Can’t understand why this is hard to discern? Stop supporting this franchise!

  183. The Gunner says:

    Quit talking like that

  184. Nothing doing concerning the Bucs tonight, especially after Liriano was pulled in the 3rd due to left side discomfort.d

  185. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    How about this setup for GP??

    Puig impersonation-Go!

  186. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Then start here with it-go away

  187. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Or not

  188. I won’t ever quit rooting for the Pirates, especially since one of my cousins insists on attending games at PNC Park regardless.

  189. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Gaby started

  190. Andrew says:

    Sic semper evello mortem Nutting!

  191. Andrew says:

    If you leave Sanchez in he would have faced the RHP. Though, I could be mis-remembering the sequence.

  192. M.L. says:

    Actually, you are right. I apologize to troll Pirates fans, because I understand your passion. But it pains me to see this franchise treat great fans the way it does. Is Pittsburgh a smaller city than St. Louis, Cincy, Milwaukee? Then why is the payroll so much lower? Ask yourselves and your owner that question and wait for a serious answer that passes the smell test. Spending isn’t the “end all be all”, but you have to spend to remain competitive on a consistent basis and not take advantage of your fanbase. That’s all I’m saying.

  193. dennis g says:

    Thanks a lot.

  194. dennis g says:

    Did you notice McCutchen breaking up the DP? No? That is because he quit running 15 feet from the base and turned into right field. Has Russell Martin done that later in the game Castro would have saved an error and gotten his force out. Of course none of this matters tonight.

  195. Chuck H says:

    Tonight the Bucs were 1 for 13 with RISP. Need I say more?

  196. dennis g says:

    Historically there were a number of players who played during the “bonus baby” era who did not lay minor league baseball. I believe Sandy Koufax was one. I think there was a risk of losing the player if they sent him to the minors in the first two years.

  197. M.L. says:

    This is Pirates will to win coming off most successful year in two decades. This is how they reward fans:

    Cincinnati Reds $112,390,772
    St. Louis Cardinals $111,020,360
    Milwaukee Brewers $103,844,806
    Chicago Cubs $89,007,857
    Pittsburgh Pirates $78,111,667

  198. The Bucs took their sweet time calling up Polanco to save money. But even calling him up now won’t be enough if the starting pitching doesn’t come through and they leave too many runners stranded and the defense is too sloppy. After all, baseball is a team sport and they all must pull their weight.

  199. Maz in Iowa says:

    Not a good game by anyone’s standards.

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