Earning A Spot On The Pittsburgh Pirates

Over the last week or so we have been hearing about the idea of meritocracy existing within the Pittsburgh Pirates clubhouse. Both General Manager Ben Cherington and Manager Derek Shelton have talked about the need for a playing time to be earned and that healthy competition is necessary for growth. Many people have taken theseContinue reading “Earning A Spot On The Pittsburgh Pirates”

The Pirates Defensive Focus

This past off-season, as we are all aware, the Pirates went through a pretty significant house cleaning, followed by the ushering in of a new regime lead by General Manager Ben Cherington and Team President Travis Williams. From the beginning new organizational philosophies were discussed; including a “player centric” model, the need to identify, acquire,Continue reading “The Pirates Defensive Focus”

Making A Call To The Pen

Last year, every time then Manager Clint Hurdle would reach for the bullpen phone in the dugout it was almost always a total crapshoot as to which pitcher, and more likely which version of each particular pitcher, would rise from his chair to begin warming up on the mound. In a season of inconsistencies, injuries,Continue reading “Making A Call To The Pen”