Sunday MLB Nine to Notes: From the Bill Chuck Files of 1/17/16

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files of January 17, 2016 Ken Griffey, Jr. hit 55 homers against the Twins, the most of any opponent, and he even hit three against the team whose cap he’ll be wearing, the Seattle Mariners. Nelson Cruz hit twice as many homers (44) as doubles (22) in 2015. […]

Is Pirates’ Rotation Prepared for NL Central Warfare?

To paraphrase manager Clint Hurdle, the Pittsburgh Pirates have serious street cred when it comes to fixing pitchers. From A.J. Burnett (twice) to Francisco Liriano, and Edinson Volquez to J.A. Happ, the Pirates have a track record of extracting maximum value from low-cost, low-profile signings and trades. They take castoffs from MLB’s Island of Misfit […]

Neal Huntington’s Pittsburgh Pirates

I recently received an email from Dan Duquette, who brought to my attention the efforts of his colleagues to recognize the work of Neal Huntington who in their opinion deserves to be recognized as the 2016 Sporting News MLB Executive of the Year. Now as you are debating whether Yoenis Cespedes has played for the Mets long […]

Peter Gammons: Pirates and Cubs play out an Indian Summer series

PITTSBURGH–As a kid, I never knew why they called it “Indian Summer,” only that it was what we hoped for growing up in a Central Massachusetts town of 2500. It meant getting off the bus in the early afternoon and playing stickball or, if there were enough kids, baseball, and that when we tucked the […]

J.A. Happ, Power Pitcher?

When the Pirates acquired J.A. Happ from the Seattle Mariners on July 31, the transaction seemed like little more than a Band-Aid move to cover for the sudden loss of A.J. Burnett, whose comeback season in Pittsburgh was interrupted by a strained right elbow. Happ had become a vagabond starter, getting swapped from Houston to […]

Without Burnett, is Bucs’ Rotation in Trouble?

The Pirates possess the majors’ third best record and are positioned to punch their third straight ticket to the postseason thanks largely to stellar starting pitching. The Bucs’ offense has disappointed, ranking 17th in park-adjusted OPS despite returning largely the same lineup that placed 6th in that category last year. The rotation has stepped up, […]

Around the majors report: Game recaps

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) YANKEES 8, TWINS 5 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E – – – – – – – – – – — – Yankees 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 […]

Around the majors report: Game recaps

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) PIRATES 6, CARDINALS 5 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 R H E – – – – – – – – – — — — — — – […]

Around the majors report: Game recaps

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) TIGERS 12, MARINERS 5 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E – – – – – – – – – – — – Tigers 0 1 0 2 0 5 4 […]

Around the majors report: News report

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) The Pirates placed 3B Josh Harrison on the 15 day DL. Harrison has torn ligaments in his left thumb and is expected to miss about 6 weeks. YEAR AGE TRAA RCAA FRAA OBA SLG OPS OWP […]