The Big Orange Guy's Top 5 Puerto Rico Baseball Trivia Facts

The week between Christmas and New Year's Eve is usually one of the heaviest traveled weeks in the U.S.  This week, I have found myself on the island of Puerto Rico.  As I have mentioned many times in the past, in my articles, one of the biggest sp »»

MLB News: Pittsburgh Pirates Fire Manager John Russell

Russell led the Pirates to 103 losses and lost his job as a result. »»

MLB News: Former Pirates GM Joe L. Brown passes away at 91

Joe L. Brown, who served as the Pittsburgh Pirates' general manager from 1955 to 1976 and in 1985 on an interim basis, passed away on August 16. He was 91. Brown made multiple big moves during his long tenure as Pirates general manager, including »»

MLB News: Former Pirates Pitcher And Broadcaster Nellie King Passes Away At 82

Nellie King, who pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1954 to 1957 and later broadcast for the team, died at 82 on August 11. Though an excellent starting pitcher in the minor leagues—he won 20 games in 1948 and 16 the next season—it was as »»

Erik Kratz Earns Call-Up to Big Leagues

Most people who saw this blog post title probably asked themselves “Erik who?" and skimmed right passed it to read something more interesting. For the nine people who clicked the link, I commend you. Indeed, Erik Kratz is hardly a household name »»

Who'll be Selling...Trade Deadline Sellers

Now that we're in June, many teams are starting to consider the way they are headed. Many teams are going to be conceding already and selling off anything that can bring in prospects. Here are a few teams I can see doing that... Arizona Diamondbac »»

The Best and Worst Team Drafts...So Far

After looking at most teams, here are the top and bottom 3 teams from the draft. Most won't add to many more impact players; plus we probably won't know the impact guys until 3-4 years down the road at the earliest. Top 3 1. Boston Red Sox Notable »»

The Sorry State of the NL Central

It was only a few years ago that the NL Central looked pretty good; the Cardinals were always in the mix, the Cubs would battle right there with them, and the Astros always had their say in the standings. Over time, Milwaukee improved to be part of »»

30 Teams in 30 Days: Pittsburgh Pirates Top 10 Prospects

1. Pedro Alvarez, 3B – Alvarez is a true power threat, which the Pirates have been missing. He's got a nice swing and his eye has gotten better in the minors; the results have shown in a lower K rate. His defense is a question mark, as many sco »»

30 Teams in 30 Days: Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable

Our guest blogger is Matt Seybold from The Sporting Hippeaux. Question 1 - When will the team see dividends from trading veterans? Matt: I'm not sure whether this refers to veterans they've already traded or veterans they'll be looking to trade th »»

30 Teams in 30 Days: Pittsburgh Pirates Preview

Pittsburgh Pirates 62-99, 6th Place NL Central 2009 Review: The 2009 Pirates were pretty much like the teams the previous 15 years – bad. The team continued to sell off veteran players to re-fill the system with prospects. They traded Nate McL »»

The Baseball Outsider - Mets, Cubs, Yankees and 36 Points

The Mets have decided that they will lower their centerfield wall from 16 feet to 8 feet. They are assuming that lowering this fence will increase the number of home runs hit at CitiField. However, it is their lineup that needs improvement. More h »»

How Did They Get Their Name - Part 5 of 6, the National League Central

I was watching a baseball game on television during the 2009 baseball season, and I started to wonder about the teams that were playing and how they got their names. I started to do a little research into some team names and found the history intere »»

MLB's Non-Tendered Players

Yesterday MLB clubs had to decide if they were to offer contracts to players under team control; i.e. players that had less than 6 years MLB experience. Depending on amount of service time, the teams can either assign contracts or they can go to arb »»

Some Quick Notes and Rumors: MLB Winter Meetings Day 2

Day 2 was busier than day 1. Tons of news coming out of Indianapolis. First, congrats to Whitey Herzog on being inducted into the Hall of Fame. Whitey was the first manager that I was exposed to growing up. He's a class act and deserves this like »»

2010 MLB Free Agent Class: Part 5

Over the next few weeks, I'll be looking at the 2010 free agent class by team. I'll list all of the free agents along with their Free Agent Status (A/B). NL Central Chicago Cubs Chad Fox John Grabow - A Kevin Gregg - A Rich Harden - B Reed Johnson »»

A Look at the MLB Trade Deadline

The trade deadline has come and gone (it's been almost a month now) and legendary blogger and Oakland Athletics fan Aaron Cameron and myself look at some of the major trades that happened. The Cardinals get Matt Holliday from the Athletics for Brett »»

MLB News and Notes

Angels clinch AL West crown with win over Yanks, Rangers' loss...ChiSox slugger Konerko has sprained MCL, return up in air...Braves manager Cox vows to return next year...Twins to push for 2014 All-Star Game...Brewers claim Coffey from Reds...Rays C Riggans needs knee surgery...Reds' Phillips to have surgery on broken finger...Giants' Lewis to have season-ending surgery...Grievance hearing on Alvarez begins...Padres pick up Haeger off waivers »»

MLB News Update

Smoltz wants to return...Big Mac making a comeback...Alvarez arbitration hearing...More on Pujols surgery... »»

More on the Pedro Alvarez Contract Issues

Pirates President Frank Coonelly has released a statement about the Pedro Alvarez deal: "At the Pirates' request, the Office of the Commissioner today placed Pedro Alvarez on Major League Baseball's Restricted List. The Pirates were forced to request that Pedro be placed on the Restricted List because we were informed by his agent, Scott Boras, that Pedro will not sign the contract to which he agreed on Aug. 15. Boras further informed us that Pedro will not report to the club unless we renegotiate his contract and agree to pay him more than the $6 million signing bonus to which he agreed. »»

Pirates First Round Pick Not Signed?

According to, it looks like #2 overall pick Pedo Alvarez has not signed his deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates and his agent, Scott Boras, is looking to re-negotiate the deal. Apparently, Alvarez came to a verbal agreement after the August 15th, midnight deadline and will not sign the deal until it's revised. Boras wants to get another $200,000 for his client, which would match the bonus Buster Posey received. »»

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