It goes without saying that this spring and summer was full of disappointments for Pirates fans and those within the Pittsburgh organization; from the Front Office, all the way down to the most recently drafted and acquired players. Much of this goes beyond the 19-41 record, accumulating injuries and underwhelming individual performances on the bigContinue reading “Pirates Youth Movement: Top Prospects Highlight Instructional League Roster”
In the shortened 2020 Pittsburgh Pirates Season we have seen quite a few prospects given the opportunity to perform. Some of been given longer leashes than others and at least one in particular looks like he is here to stay. In only 24 games and 85 at bats Hayes launched 5 home runs and 14Continue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: Eye On The Future”
When I first started in this business, you know blogging, back in November of 2019, the first article I chose to write was about a young left handed first baseman that I had gone to see play toward the end of the summer at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida. That evening the PiratesContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: Mason Martin Sets His Target On The Roller Coaster”
After speaking with Garett Mansfield from the Altoona Curve at length about the notable performances of Jason Martin and Jared Oliva at the alternative site, he brought up the somewhat unexpected play of Pirates Infield Prospect Rodolfo Castro. Mansfield noted that Castro has executed well at the plate, making regular hard contact, as well asContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: Rodolfo Castro Is Impressing In Altoona”
There is something calming about your baseball team hitting. At the end of the day, it won’t erase what’s happened but it sure makes watching more fun. Let’s talk about a few things going on and see if we can’t jump start our thought process on this overcast Sunday Morning shall we? 1. Why Don’tContinue reading “Five Pirates Thoughts”
The wake of the MLB season finally coming into sight instantly brings to the surface questions that have been there all along but now take center stage. It’s one thing to figure out how all the MLB clubs can get back to work, its another thing entirely to develop a way to continue to develop the members of every player not part of the 60-man squads.
I’m sure some of you noticed, we’ve been fairly quiet over here at Inside the Bucs Basement. There is something to be said for a period of reflection, a step back to help yourself to end the cycle of riding the waves and the emotion that comes with them.
Over the last few months my feelings toward Major League Baseball have gone through what feels like a journey through the 5 Stages of Grief; denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. With what appears to be no end in sight to the negotiations between MLB and the MLBPA, I look back on the last monthContinue reading “Five Thoughts At Five: Moments In Time”
Sometimes we are all stuck up late or waking up early thinking about baseball because we are fans. These are the things that are on my mind right now, which lead to more questions than answers. 1) If the NL and AL teams are pretty much split up, why is the universal DH still aContinue reading “5 Thoughts At 5…AM”
Much of what I’ve seen since has been the expected excoriation of the A’s and I completely understand that thinking. Some have even done the math showing paying them the $400.00 bucks a week they were receiving would only cost the organization roughly 1 million dollars.