Bookending Bryan Reynolds

3-18-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement On Twitter) Over the past few seasons-as a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates-it seems like the majority of information being presented to us is simply a replay, or a recording of media sessions and interviews from the previous year(s). At times the names have changed, but for theContinue reading “Bookending Bryan Reynolds”

Pirates Baseball (And Mike Persak) Returns! Mike Persak of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette joins us to break down the start of Spring Training for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Who has a shot of making the team? When will we see some of the young prospects get their chance? Will Ben Cherington go after a bigger name in Free Agency? Is the planContinue reading “Pirates Baseball (And Mike Persak) Returns!”

Pirates Sign Free Agent Following Extended Lockout. Fail To Make Formal Announcement To Avoid Fan Backlash.

Obviously this an overly dramatic interpretation of what actually took place on the first full day after the MLB Lockout was finally lifted; as a new CBA was approved by the MLPA and the league’s owners. Yet, it also seems fairly fitting considering the Pirates propensity to botch even this simplest report of a transaction;Continue reading “Pirates Sign Free Agent Following Extended Lockout. Fail To Make Formal Announcement To Avoid Fan Backlash.”

Top Five Pirates Prospects: Odd Men Out

3-12-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement On Twitter) It’s amazing how much things can change from one moment to the next based simply on a singular event or decision. Earlier this week-and for the previous three plus months-the news surrounding Major League Baseball focused mostly on the continuous CBA Negotiations, the MLB Lockout andContinue reading “Top Five Pirates Prospects: Odd Men Out”

New Rules May Mean New Problems As the CBA negotiations drag on, we chat about some new rule proposals that may show up when baseball resumes. It doesn’t take much to figure out how the new rules may lead to a slew of issues that will be funny to watch and maddening to those playing the game. Craig Toth coversContinue reading “New Rules May Mean New Problems”

Through The Prospect Porthole: Preparing To Reshuffle The Pirates Minor League Players

2-8-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement On Twitter) Exactly one month from today the Minor League Baseball Season will officially open for 90 affiliated teams across the United States. For the Pirates this means the Bradenton Marauder, the Greensboro Grasshoppers and the Altoona Curve players will officially take the field for the first timeContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: Preparing To Reshuffle The Pirates Minor League Players”

Everyone Has An Agenda

2-5-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement On Twitter) As I glance across the current landscape of Major League Baseball-and more accurately the social media side of things-I am immediately transported back in time to the playgrounds of my youth; where two young boys are arguing over who’s dad could beat up the other’s. AlthoughContinue reading “Everyone Has An Agenda”

Let’s Make A Deal? They went late into the night on Monday trying to hammer out a new CBA before MLB’s self-imposed deadline to prevent a delay to the 2022 season. We also have Daniel Victor from Prospects 1500 to tell you why Mitch Keller is about to turn a big corner…if we get to the season…maybe…who knows.Continue reading “Let’s Make A Deal?”

Through The Prospect Porthole: Carving Up The Complex League

2-26-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement On Twitter) A couple of blog posts ago I wrote about the general overuse of the terms underrated, overrated, under the radar, relative unknown, forgotten or even breakout when it came to describing Pirates Prospects in the Farm System. Towards the end of my rant piece I madeContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: Carving Up The Complex League”

What Really Matters For The Pirates In 2022? Monday may have been the most progressive day in the CBA Negotiations thus far, but are you terribly concerned about what actually ends up in the final agreement? Sure we are going to break it all down for you, but then robot umps whisk us away to another part of the multiverse. Upon ourContinue reading “What Really Matters For The Pirates In 2022?”