PIRATES RUMORS & GOSSIP

WATCH: Pirates fan makes incredible diving catch over railing

The best catch from MLB’s Wednesday slate of games might have come from a fan. On James Paxton’s 57th pitch of the night, Pirates Jung Ho Kang launched a long foul ball towards the right field foul pole. The ball curved well out of the reach of any Mariners outfielder, but it gave this young Pirates fan a chance to make the catch of a lifetime. Going full extension from his...
Via The Comeback
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Game 100: Pirates 10 Mariners 1

The main problem of the Pittsburgh Pirates was perfectly on display in this two-game series against the Seattle Mariners: sometimes, the starting pitching works and sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes, the offense strings its hits together, and sometimes it spreads them out. Sometimes, the Pirates look ready to beat anyone, and sometimes it’s hard to remember how they ever win. As...
Via WHYGAVS?
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Inbox: Should Bucs buy or sell at Trade Deadline?

PITTSBURGH -- Welcome to a special Trade Deadline edition of the Pirates.com Inbox.
Via Pirates.com
10 hours ago

Blue Jays, Erik Kratz Agree To Minors Deal

The Blue Jays and veteran catcher Erik Kratz have agreed to a minor league pact, according to Ben Nicholson-Smith and Shi Davidi of Sportsnet. He’ll join Triple-A Buffalo and provide the organization with some depth behind the plate. Kratz was designated for assignment by Pittsburgh last week and elected free agency rather than accepting an outright assignment to the Pirates...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
12 hours ago

Gerrit Cole and David Freese combine for circus play at first base

Well they work on this play at spring training but not quite this variety. Check out Pirates ace Gerrit Cole covering first base as David Freese has only one good way to get a grounder to him.  Cole had everything working against the Mariners as he spun a complete game with only three hits and one run allowed in a 10-1 win.
Via FOX Sports
13 hours ago

This Pirates fan went all out -- and over a railing -- for a catch

Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Logan Morrison might have had the catch of the night on Wednesday, but that's what he gets paid to do.This Pittsburgh Pirates fan, though? Fueled by nothing but passion for the game and a deep-seated desire to bring home a souvenir, he went over the railing to catch a foul ball.In the full video, you can see him go toppling over the railing .. and then...
Via FOX Sports
14 hours ago

Cole pitches 3-hitter, Pirates rout Mariners 10-1

PITTSBURGH (AP) Gerrit Cole pitched a three-hitter for his first career complete game and slumping Andrew McCutchen had a three-run home run among his three hits as the Pittsburgh Pirates rolled to a 10-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night. Making the 88th start of his four-year career, Cole (6-6) struck six and walked one while winning for the first time since...
Via Associated Press
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tyler Glasnow is talented but needs more polish

PITTSBURGH — It was a move that generated plenty of talk-show chatter and social media reaction in the Steel City. The Pittsburgh Pirates called up four pitchers from Triple-A Indianapolis to make their first major league starts before finally giving right-hander Tyler Glasnow his chance on July 7 against the Cardinals at St. Louis. The decision […] The post Tyler Glasnow is...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

Game 99: Mariners 7 Pirates 4

With the Pirates up 4-2 in the top of the third last night, I told my dad that I thought the Pirates would need six or seven runs with the way that Liriano had been pitching. Franklin Gutierrez hit the next pitch out of the park to tie the game at four. We went outside to walk the dog, came back, and it was 7-4. We spent the next couple hours watching the Pirates put runners on base...
Via WHYGAVS?
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Pirates are in a weird place: their biggest need is their best minor league strength

Despite all of their issues with starting pitching and a month of June that reminded most Pirate fans of the Bad Old Days, the Pirates are not in bad shape as we round up to the trade deadline. With last night’s results, they’re 1 1/2 games behind the Marlins for the second wild card spot, lumped in with the Cardinals and Mets. The Marlins are 2 1/2 behind the Dodgers, so that...
Via WHYGAVS?
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates reinstate catcher Eric Fryer from paternity list

The Pittsburgh Pirates continued to jumble their catchers Tuesday, as they reinstated catcher Eric Fryer from the paternity list and optioned catcher Elias Diaz to Triple-A Indianapolis. The Pirates added the 30-year-old off waivers from NL Central-rival St. Louis on July 3. At the time, both of Pittsburgh’s catchers — Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart — […] The post...
Via Today's Knuckleball
2 days ago

QUIZ: Name every player on the roster of the 1979 ‘We Are Family’ Pittsburgh Pirates

The 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates won their fifth World Series, defeating the Baltimore Orioles for the championship. The popular disco song "We Are Family" by Sister Sledge was the team's theme song that year. How many of the players on that MLB championship roster can you name?
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates place Tyler Glasnow on 15-day DL

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed right-handed pitcher Tyler Glasnow on the 15-day disabled list. Glasnow pitched into the fourth inning in his start against the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday before being removed with right shoulder discomfort. Glasnow was making his second major-league start and allowed two runs and four hits, walked three and hit two batters...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Pirates win with help of Brewers error

The Little League World Series is still a few weeks away, but the Pittsburgh Pirates took advantage of the kind of play you usually only see on the Little League diamond. It won them the game in walk-off fashion. With the Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers tied in the bottom of the ninth at 2-2, Josh Harrison got himself into scoring position with a lead-off triple. Of course, that...
Via The Comeback
8 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Pirates' Jameson Taillon hit in head by line drive

Pittsburgh Pirates rookie pitcher Jameson Taillon was hit in the head by a line drive during his outing on Tuesday, but he remained in the game. Taillon was nailed in the back of the head by a line drive from Hernan Perez with one out in the second inning. The batted ball was traveling at 105 mph: The ball went into left field and allowed Perez to reach via a single. He retired...
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen’s Reminder That Baseball Is Cruel

Every baseball player has bad days — it’s an inevitability in a sport so deeply tied to failure. For the most part, these failures are quickly dismissed and/or forgotten. A rough seven-run outing for a pitcher is a day when he just didn’t have “it” or batted balls had eyes. An 0-for-4 game at the plate is barely a hiccup in the span of a 162-game season. But, on occasion...
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates prospect somehow turns double play while falling backwards

Baseball fans are treated to some outstanding glove work in the big leagues, but those working their way up the ranks can flash the leather, too. Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Stephen Alemais, who plays for the team's Single-A affiliate, the West Virginia Black Bears, turned one of the best double plays in all of baseball this year. The catcher fielded a bunt, threw a one-hopper to...
Via FOX Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Young fan shows the emotional ups & downs of an 18-inning baseball game

An 18-inning game isn’t easy on anyone, and especially isn’t easy on a kid who just wants his Pittsburgh Pirates to win. The Nats Park crowd began to dissipate for Sunday’s game between the Pirates and Washington Nationals, but one kid stayed around, and the TV cameras were able to catch his triumphs and trials of an 18-inning game: He dealt with the roller coaster of emotions...
Via The Comeback
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Latest On The Pirates’ Rotation

Multiple reports last week indicated that the Pirates are shopping left-hander Jon Niese, and and today Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review adds that the Bucs are trying to move Niese and/or fellow lefty Jeff Locke (Twitter link). Trading either struggling southpaw would create a permanent spot in the Pittsburgh rotation for Tyler Glasnow, whose name, as noted by Biertempfel...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Odor reportedly rejected extension offer from Rangers

Right hooks notwithstanding, Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor has had a fantastic year. With 16 home runs and 46 RBIs on a .275/.296/.491 slash line in the first half of the season, Odor has flashed tremendous power for a middle infielder and has helped Texas to a comfortable lead atop the AL West. The 22-year-old has done well to boost his value, and he knows it. According to...
Via Larry Brown Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates reportedly shopping pitcher Jon Niese

With the August 1st trade deadline quickly approaching, the Pittsburgh Pirates are firmly asserting themselves as members of the seller camp. According to a report by Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Friday, the Pirates are actively shopping left-hander Jon Niese. The 29-year-old Niese has gone 7-6 this season with a 4.87 ERA, a 1.53 WHIP, and 68 strikeouts...
Via Larry Brown Sports
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Projecting Pirates Call-Up Josh Bell

Almost right after after treating us to Tyler Glasnow day, the Pirates are giving us another promising debutante to fuss over. First base prospect Josh Bell will debut for Pittsburgh in tonight’s game against the Cubs. Bell crushed Triple-A pitching this year to the tune of .324/.407/.535. Bell posted a healthy .212 ISO in Triple-A this year, but in years past, he’s hit for an...
Via Fangraphs
20 days ago  |  Discuss

The Good Outweighs the Bad with Pittsburgh’s Tyler Glasnow

Less than a month ago, the Pirates called up top prospect Jameson Taillon from the minor leagues, and slotted him into their struggling rotation. With Taillon now sidelined by shoulder fatigue, the Pirates have once again dipped into their minor-league repository. Today, they’ve called up yet another top-tier pitching prospect in Tyler Glasnow. Glasnow’s spent the past three...
Via Fangraphs
21 days ago  |  Discuss
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