Through The Prospect Porthole: Pirates Prospect Rankings

1-22-23 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) The last season Bryan Reynolds was a prospect, he didn’t make his way inside the Top 100; and, he barely fit inside the Pirates Top 10. Four years later we are battling with the idea of having our best player asking for a trade. That sameContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: Pirates Prospect Rankings”

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.”

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”

Through The Prospect Porthole: September Call-Ups

Yes, I realize that we are less than two weeks into May, but I have already heard mentions of players that we could possibly see in a Pirates uniform at PNC Park by the end of the year; most of the time as a player added to the roster when this season is presumptively overContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: September Call-Ups”

The Top 10 Ways to Enjoy a Rebuild – Justin Verno

The 2021 Major League Season is off and running, and the Pirates sit a few under .500 just 29 games in.  While some guys such as Adam Frazier, Colin Moran, and a few others are off to a good start, most are playing to expectations. As predicted there will be a lot of losing at 1500 Federal Street this year. 

Tyler Anderson Knows His Role, And He Accepted It

As I sat down at my deck, coffee in hand, to do my my morning pursuing of Pittsburgh Pirates Social Media-I know I am a glutton for punishment-I noticed a fairly common theme from some Pirates Fans, feeling bad for Tyler Anderson because of the lack of run support he was provided; while pitching aContinue reading “Tyler Anderson Knows His Role, And He Accepted It”

Through The Prospect Porthole: AAA (Formerly Known As The Alternate Site) and The New High A Are Ready To Play

When the AAA-Indianapolis Indians and High A-Greensboro Grasshoppers Rosters were unveiled, I immediately grabbed my phone and asked Siri how long it would take me to get to First National Bank Field. The bad news is that it came out to 6 hours and 55 minutes, on the first leg of a 870 mile roundContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: AAA (Formerly Known As The Alternate Site) and The New High A Are Ready To Play”

It’s A Rebuild

Over the past few weeks, the Pirates have shown life beyond some of the original expectations; especially when it comes to the near shutdown nature of the game once it reaches Pittsburgh’s bullpen. However, there is no mincing of words even as they reached beyond the .500 mark; this is a rebuild plain and simple;Continue reading “It’s A Rebuild”

Cahill’s Rough Start Ends In 7-1 Loss To The Brew Crew

After a enjoyable and relaxing Friday night for Pirates Fans, where it seemed like their team couldn’t do anything wrong, tonight’s game was a quick drop back into the reality of what it’s like to cheer for a rebuilding ball club. Enter the veteran pitcher, Trevor Cahill, whose signing was a little curious at theContinue reading “Cahill’s Rough Start Ends In 7-1 Loss To The Brew Crew”

The Revolving Door Of Roster Projections and Suggestions

For anyone that has seen the movie Elf with Will Ferrell, you will probably recall the scene where he runs around in the revolving doors, comes out to the trash can, throws up and proceeds to go right back for more. If you haven’t, you can probably just imagine the times you have gone inContinue reading “The Revolving Door Of Roster Projections and Suggestions”