Yearly Archives 2011

Pittsburgh Pirates In 2011: Flashback To A Year Of Improbability

By Chad Carlson
This past year was certainly a memorable one for Pirates’ fans.  We saw the birth of a new regime under first-year manager Clint Hurdle, and the continued emergence of young players in their first exposure to Major League Baseball.  Entering the 2011 season, no one knew what to expect from such a young team with a new manager, and there were certainly highs and lows during one of the most notable seasons in recent Pittsburgh baseball memory.

Upon announcement of his hiring, Hurdle was immediately effective in inspiring and motivating both players and fans.  Still entranced in a record-setting losing streak for North American sports, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ community and supporters needed something to give them a reason to be relevant to fans again...
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Bucco Blurb: Pirates’ Top Offseason Move

By Chad Carlson

Although they haven’t been breaking national headlines, the Pirates have been busy this offseason, making moves and changing the complexion of their eventual 2012 roster.

Among the new acquisitions of the past few months include Rod Barajas, Clint Barmes, Nate McLouth, Erik Bedard, and Casey McGehee.  While the team could make more moves over the next few weeks and beyond, the majority of the holes in the lineup, with the exception of first base, have been filled.

With that being said, who has been the best acquisition for the Pirates thus far?

Rod Barajas

Apparently at the top of the Pirates’ priority list was the situation at the catcher position...
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Bucco Blurb: Jose Veras Out; Jason Grilli & Casey McGehee In

By Chad Carlson
The Pirates’ busy offseason continued on Monday, with two more moves that show a ton of promise for the upcoming 2012 season.
With a number of players nearing the arbitration deadline, the Bucs had some decisions to make, and they made a couple choices on Monday in regards to their bullpen, favoring Jason Grilli over Jose Veras.
Grilli was rewarded for his strong 2011 season with a one-year deal worth just over $1 million, while Veras was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for third baseman Casey McGehee.
I like both of these moves.  Grilli had a solid year out of the bullpen for the Bucs, and Veras was horribly inconsistent...
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Penn State vs. Duquesne Pre and Post Game Shows

Fans From The Stands was in attendance Saturday night at the Consol Energy Center as the Duquesne Dukes hosted the Penn State Nittany Lions.

Pregame Show:  http://www.youtube.com/user/zahatc#p/a/u/1/Stw2QAFzLJw

After the game Chad and Zane gave their thoughts on the basketball matchup.

Postgame Show:  http://www.youtube.com/user/zahatc#p/a/u/0/hBRZkvbMqjo

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see where Fans From The Stands will be broadcasting next.

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Bucco Blurb: Rating The Pirates’ Offseason Activity Thus Far

By Chad Carlson
Among the stories surrounding the Steelers and Penguins, which dominate the Pittsburgh media, the Pirates have been relatively busy this week.  Of course, the Winter Meetings were held this week in Dallas, and even though heading into the week, the Bucs were expected to be relatively quiet from an acquisition standpoint, the club actually made a number of moves over the past couple days.
Let’s summarize the moves the team made this week.  The Pirates signed Nate McLouth, whom they traded to Atlanta in 2009.  They also inked a deal with Erik Bedard, and DFA’d Jason Jaramillo and Pedro Ciriaco.  Ross Ohlendorf, to no one’s surprise, was released this week as well, while the Pirates also acquired Yamaico Navarro from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for two minor le...
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Roster Moves Continue For Pirates As Winter Meetings Conclude

By Chad Carlson
Though not comparing to the activity of other teams in baseball, the Pirates made a flurry of moves yesterday in Dallas…most of which are relatively acceptable from a fan’s standpoint.
The Bucs released Ross Ohlendorf, a move that most could have predicted following two terrible seasons for the 29 year old right hander.  Between injuries and overall lack of effectiveness on the mound, it was time for “Ohlie” to go.  Reports are that the Pirates still think he is much better than he performed, but still, it was clear he didn’t fit into the club’s plans for 2012 and beyond.
In addition, as was reported yesterday, Jason Jaramillo and Pedro Ciriaco were both designated for assignment in response to the signings of Nate McLouth and Erik Bedard...
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Bucco Blurb: Pirates’ Starting Rotation Set After Signing Erik Bedard

By Chad Carlson
Photo Credit: USA Today
As has now been officially announced moments ago, the Pirates have signed left-hander Erik Bedard to a one-year, $4.5 million deal.  The 32-year old went 5-9 last season with a 3.62 ERA in Seattle and Boston.  He has a career 3.70 ERA in his eight MLB seasons.
The Bucs have been searching for a left-handed starter to complete their pitching rotation, after declining the option on Paul Maholm.  While Bedard’s potential is great, there is the worry about his health.  His injury history includes shoulder and elbow surgery, knee, hip, and MCL issues, among others.  As long as he’s healthy, he’ll aid the team.  A left-hander pitching in PNC Park?  Great numbers are possible.
That being said, regardless of how this works out, this is a r...
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Bucco Blurb: Thoughts On Nate McLouth’s Return To Pittsburgh

By Chad Carlson
Photo Credit: Matt Freed/Post-Gazette
Rumors continue to swirl here on Wednesday of Winter Meetings week for all teams across the league, and it’s no different for the Pirates, although on a much smaller scale.
While clubs like the Cardinals, Cubs, Marlins, and Angels are vying for some of the game’s best, the Bucs are trying to improve their team in their own ways. 
As has been murmured about the past couple days, the Pirates have agreed upon a deal with Nate McLouth today, reported to become official later this afternoon.  It is a one-year deal worth $1.75 million.  Being a Major League deal, the Bucs will have to make room on the roster for McLouth, so we should be expecting a move soon.
I’m really not sure how I feel about this deal...
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Bucco Blurb: Winter Meeting News & Rumors

By Chad Carlson
Albert Pujols.  Prince Fielder.  C.J. Wilson. Mark Buehrle.  Jamie Moyer? 
While a number of teams take their shot at the major studs of the free agent market, our Pittsburgh Pirates are “at least moderately interested” in Jamie Moyer.  Yes, that’s right…Jamie Moyer, the 49-year old who is attempting a comeback after having Tommy John surgery in 2009.
Now it’s rather foolish to assume that just because they are in discussions that this may actually become a reality.  In fact, it’s highly improbable that the Bucs would make a move like this.  Of course, they would be able to add a left-hand to a starting rotation that certainly needs one, and financially, which is always a factor, Moyer would come very cheap. 
That being said, the Bucs are also interested ...
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Why Major League Baseball Needs To Realign

by Zane Heiple

Late last month Major League Baseball and the Player’s Association came to an agreement on a new five year collective bargaining agreement.  Some of the major points of this agreement were blood testing for human growth hormone, provisions around how teams can spend money on the first year player draft, the addition of a second wild card team in the playoffs, and an increase in the minimum salary from $414,000 in 2010 to $480,000 in 2011 and eventually $500,000 in the future.

The last key point was the movement of the Houston Astros from the National League Central Division to the American League West Division in 2013.  This move will create three five team divisions in each league and cause interleague play to take place throughout the season.  For me the question now is...
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