Are The Pirates Setting A Higher Bar? Look at this Pittsburgh Pirates roster and notice a group of veterans standing in the way of hopeful prospects. That isn’t a bad thing. Let’s talk about how competition is the next phase in creating a winning organization in “30 Minutes of Pirates Talk!” Brought to you by! Craig Toth covers the Pirates for InsideContinue reading “Are The Pirates Setting A Higher Bar?”

Welcome Back, Cutch! Andrew McCutchen is back and the fan in Craig is super-pumped. Unfortunately he has some concerns. Are they valid? We look at what the veteran will bring to the 2023 Pirates. The Pirates also did well spending their international money. We break it all down in “30 Minutes of Pirates Talk!” Brought to youContinue reading “Welcome Back, Cutch!”

Breaking Down The Pirates Roster With Jason Martinez This week Craig is joined by Jason Martinez-Mr. Roster Resource-from Fangraphs to discuss the moves that have been made this off-season and those that still could be; along with what Pirates Fans can look forward to in the 2023 Season.  Brought to you by! Craig Toth covers the Pirates for Inside The Bucs Basement, andContinue reading “Breaking Down The Pirates Roster With Jason Martinez”

Pirates Winter Meetings Recap In order to appropriately recap the Winter Meetings, Craig welcomes Alex Stumpf-Pirates Beat Writer for DK Pittsburgh Sports-down to the basement to discuss the acquisition of Vince Velasquez, the Rule 5 Draft, A Clear Position of Need that Remains and Of Course, the Bryan Reynolds Situation.  Brought to you by! Craig Toth covers theContinue reading “Pirates Winter Meetings Recap”

Pirates Vs. Reynolds Might Not Be That Bad Craig and Chris tackle the obvious topic of the Bryan Reynolds’ Trade Request; and why you shouldn’t hit the panic button just yet.  Also, they add some thoughts on the Rule 5 Draft.  Brought to you by! Craig Toth covers the Pirates for Inside The Bucs Basement, and joins his buddy Chris at a 9-footContinue reading “Pirates Vs. Reynolds Might Not Be That Bad”

Under-The-Radar Pirates Pitching Targets Carlos Santana enters the fold, and the Pittsburgh Pirates now have another professional hitter in their lineup. It looks like the next phase of the rebuild has begun with a change in roster construction methods. The focus now turns to pitching, and we have a list of under-the-radar pitchers for Ben Cherington to targetContinue reading “Under-The-Radar Pirates Pitching Targets”

Easy Targets For The 2023 Pirates Roster The Pirates may have a full 40-man roster, but that doesn’t mean some interesting names didn’t just get Ben Cherington’s interest as other teams announced their non-tenders. We find more an infielder who has outperformed newly dealt-away Kevin Newman in recent years. We find RP and 1B help as well. We also start toContinue reading “Easy Targets For The 2023 Pirates Roster”

Pirates Must Create More Competition With realistic openings for MLB-level catchers, firstbasemen, outfielders and starting pitchers, the Pittsburgh Pirates should start looking for more than just “measuring stick” players this offseason. True competition won’t block young prospects in the team’s future plans. When the prospect can take a job, you know they’re truly ready for The Show.  Brought toContinue reading “Pirates Must Create More Competition”

A Whole New Ballgame? Bradenton Marauders play-by-play guy Spenser Smith joins us again for “30 Minutes of Bucs” with a look at the actual impact of MLB’s new rules for 2023. Spenser has been watching a new kind of baseball this season, and he has his take on what Pirates fans should expect from the game starting nextContinue reading “A Whole New Ballgame?”

Cherington Focuses On Pirates Getting Better Ben Cherington preached about getting better, and then added another cast-off to the Pirates roster in Zack Collins. Listen as we explain that players like Collins can no longer be the answer if the goal is to get better, even if you found some answers this season. Oneil Cruz certainly looks like one. HisContinue reading “Cherington Focuses On Pirates Getting Better”