Top 5 Pirates Prospects: Dropping The Hammer

2-18-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) With the amount of curling that has been ingested in my home over the past week or so, accompanied by my family’s regular viewings of Marvel movies featuring Thor wielding his trusty Mjölnir, it’s no wonder I have hammers on the brain. Eventually, as the circuitsContinue reading “Top 5 Pirates Prospects: Dropping The Hammer”

A Pirates Spring Training On Hold

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-zitbr-11a9e36 Pitchers & catchers should be reporting this week. Instead we have slow-moving CBA negotiations. In the end, though, only one group is innocent and they will be hurt the most. Joe Drake from Prospects Live also joins us to talk about some exciting names he observed down on the farm. Craig Toth covers theContinue reading “A Pirates Spring Training On Hold”

Top 5 Pirates Prospects: Peaking My Interest

2-11-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement On Twitter) Nowadays it feels like every prospect-especially when it comes to the Pirates-needs to be labeled as something. Whether it be underrated, overrated, under the radar, relative unknown, forgotten, or any variation of these designations, they have to be seen as something; which is somewhat mind bogglingContinue reading “Top 5 Pirates Prospects: Peaking My Interest”

The Most Dangerous Game

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-civ6q-11a0360 Are you angry about the MLB Lockout? We’re with you. Let’s start throwing people out of baseball who make the game worse, and imagine the true reality behind ownership wealth. We go down a rabbit hole of conspiracy theories that may be wrapped in truth as Pirates fans wait for their game to return.Continue reading “The Most Dangerous Game”

Weathering The Storm Of Pirates Prospect Predictions

2-6-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) Over the past few weeks multiple storm fronts have passed through Western Pennsylvania; leaving behind a jumbled mess of snow and ice. Obviously this isn’t anything new to those of us who have lived in the area for as long as I have-43 years in June.Continue reading “Weathering The Storm Of Pirates Prospect Predictions”

Through The Prospect Porthole: Differing Opinions Concerning Carmen Mlodzinski’s Timeline

2-3-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement On Twitter) Obviously this off-season hasn’t really been close to normal in any way, shape, or form; unless of course you take the regular posts and articles from armchair GM’s, attempting to predict potential lineups and rotations for the Pirates during the upcoming season into consideration. Because onContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: Differing Opinions Concerning Carmen Mlodzinski’s Timeline”

Rebuilding The Pirates, With David Samson

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-j5s5c-1194837 David Samson ran two front offices for the Montreal Expos and Miami Marlins. He has done a few rebuilds and won a World Series. So, what does he think about what the Pittsburgh Pirates are doing? We ask questions and get some honest evaluations from the front office veteran. Hear how he evaluates BenContinue reading “Rebuilding The Pirates, With David Samson”

Through The Prospect Porthole: Trying To Make Sense of Lolo Sanchez’s Breakout Season

1-29-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) It’s that time of year again, when each of the major sites start to release their Top 100 Prospect lists; soon to be followed by every team’s Top 30 or so Minor League players for the upcoming season. As they do, fans will voice their positiveContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: Trying To Make Sense of Lolo Sanchez’s Breakout Season”

The Unfortunate Evolution Of MLB’s Hall Of Fame

1-24-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) As a lifelong baseball fan, the streets of Cooperstown, New York are by far the most hallowed grounds that anyone could ever envision stepping foot on. Since the initial induction ceremony on June 12, 1939, countless legends have walked the exact same path as every singleContinue reading “The Unfortunate Evolution Of MLB’s Hall Of Fame”

Through The Prospect Porthole: Tsung-Che Cheng Is Looking To Climb The Ranks

1-22-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) When reading about the meeting General Manager Ben Cherington-and one of his Assistants, Steve Sanders-had with the local sports media on Wednesday concerning the start of the International Signing Period, it seems that the focal point of some columns was a singular word-diverse-uttered by Sanders asContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: Tsung-Che Cheng Is Looking To Climb The Ranks”