The Pirates Minor Leaguers Hold A Key To The Future

10-28-21 By Craig W. Toth (aka @bucsbasement on Twitter) For almost as long as I can remember, my eyes have always wandered to the Pirates Minor League System, and everything that it entails; even when the team was competitive in 2013-15. From player performance and projections to coaching techniques and evaluation. All while soaking inContinue reading “The Pirates Minor Leaguers Hold A Key To The Future”

Pittsburgh Pirates Chairman Of The Board, Robert Nutting, Is Not A Good Owner

10-23-21 By Craig W. Toth (aka @bucsbasement on Twitter) This obviously goes without saying, and is more than likely an understatement of how many of you actually feel based on the barrage of comments that often follow many, if not most of the articles myself and Gary write. It doesn’t even have to be anContinue reading “Pittsburgh Pirates Chairman Of The Board, Robert Nutting, Is Not A Good Owner”

The Pirates Current Rebuild Has Fans Looking At The Past

10-19-21 By Craig W. Toth (aka @bucsbasement on Twitter) For any current Pittsburgh Pirates Fan over a certain age, 2010 seems to be somewhat of a distant memory. However, recently I have seen the 2021 team being compared to this ball club more and more; not simply on account of their nearly identical 100+ lossContinue reading “The Pirates Current Rebuild Has Fans Looking At The Past”

Pirates Arbitration Decisions Could Spell The End of The Line For A Couple Of Veterans

10-15-21 By Craig W. Toth (aka @bucsbasement on Twitter) At this point it can be safely assumed, with almost certainty, that many Pirates Fans have at least a general understanding of the arbitration process in Major League Baseball. In a very simplistic manner of speaking, the Pirates must tender a contract to all arbitration eligibleContinue reading “Pirates Arbitration Decisions Could Spell The End of The Line For A Couple Of Veterans”

Pirates Rule 5 Decisions Have Moved To The Forefront

During the Pittsburgh Pirates most recent season, more eyes and ears were directed towards the Farm System than I can really remember, at least in my recent memory. Part of this obviously was due to the fact of the product that was on the field at PNC Park, but the more obvious reason was theContinue reading “Pirates Rule 5 Decisions Have Moved To The Forefront”

The Pirates 2021 Season Comes To An End

In some ways it feels like it was just yesterday, while in others it could have happened in a different lifetime, however, in all actuality I sat down to write the 2021 Edition of My Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction Piece a full six months ago. Obviously, I wasn’t super optimistic about the upcoming season as myContinue reading “The Pirates 2021 Season Comes To An End”

Oneil Cruz Finally Debuted For The Pirates On Saturday Night

10-4-21 By Craig W. Toth (aka @bucsbasement on Twitter) Clearly, in the eyes of many Pirates Fans, the most exciting aspect of the Pittsburgh Pirates final series of the season was the debut of their tallest position player in team history, 6’7” shortstop Oneil Cruz. Once the news of his promotion dropped on Friday night,Continue reading “Oneil Cruz Finally Debuted For The Pirates On Saturday Night”

Pirates Put An Exclamation Point On Their 100 Loss Season

10-1-21 By Craig W. Toth (aka @bucsbasement on Twitter) Last night versus a dismantled Chicago Cubs lineup-one without Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant-the Pittsburgh Pirates lost their 100th game in the 2021 season; the 9th of its kind in their 140 year franchise history, and the first since 2010. Now, it’s not likeContinue reading “Pirates Put An Exclamation Point On Their 100 Loss Season”

Local Boy Trey McGough Makes Every Inning Count In Altoona

9-30-21 By Craig W. Toth (aka @bucsbasement on Twitter) The Bradenton Marauders captured the Low-A Southeast League Championship with a sweep of the Tampa Tarpons nearly a week ago. After the rain held off the long enough, the Greensboro Grasshoppers fell to the Bowling Green Hot Rods in the deciding game five of the High-AContinue reading “Local Boy Trey McGough Makes Every Inning Count In Altoona”

Pirates Win After An Appearance From The So-Called Bad Mitch Keller

9-29-21 By Craig W. Toth (aka @bucsbasement on Twitter) I’ve written and said almost everything I possibly could about the journey of Mitch Keller; from former top prospect in all of Major League Baseball to polarizing starter for your Pittsburgh Pirates. At the end of 2020 when Keller went on his 11 inning no-hit streak,Continue reading “Pirates Win After An Appearance From The So-Called Bad Mitch Keller”