Pittsburgh Pirates All-Decade Team


By John Perrotto Looking back at the Pirates in the 2000s, as the decade comes to a close, there have been some positives for the franchise. For one, they opened PNC Park in 2001 and it is generally considered the best facility in the major leagues. Secondly, uh, secondly, well there really is no second. The 2000s consisted of a whole lot of losing by the Pirates as they finished under .500 during all 10 seasons of the decade. That pushes their streak of losing seasons to 17, a record for major North American team sports. However, let’s sift through the rubble of the 2000s, a period in which the Pirates never won more than 75 games in a season and averaged nearly 94 losses a year to try to pick an all-decade team for the woebegone franchise: Catcher_Jason Kendall. Even though “The Kid” wasn’t as good in the 2000sRead More »

Pirates would like prospect Jose Tabata to begin next season in Class AAA


One of the more interesting storylines for the Pirates going into the 2010 season will be whether top hitting prospect Jose Tabata claims a roster spot coming out of spring training. Tabata, 20, was promoted up to Class AAA Indianapolis last week after batting .303 in 61 games for the Altoona Curve (AA) and is on the verge of being MLB ready. Tabata has been on a tear since early July and has continued his strong play in AAA, batting .385 in three games with Indianapolis. With the minor league season ending in early September, it has been speculated that Tabata would be a potential September call-up. Indications are that won’t be the case and infact, Tabata will not have a strong chance of making the club out of spring training. It is expected that Tabata will spend the first couple months of the 2010 season in the minors, soRead More »

Pirates trade Adam Laroche to Boston for two prospects.


The Pirates have traded Adam Laroche to the Boston Red Sox. The Pirates will receive pitcher Hunter Strickland and shortstop Argenis Diaz according to Alex Spiere of WEEI. The 29-year-old Laroche is batting .247/.329/.441 this season with 12 home runs and 40 RBI and is in the final year of his contract which pays him $7.05 million per season. It is being speculated that the Pirates will pay some of Laroche’s salary. The only other known team to show an interest in Laroche has been the San Francisco Giants. The Red Sox were in pursuit of Nationals 1B Nick Johnson but the asking price for Laroche is much lower. * The first impression on the return for Laroche is that it isn’t much, although Strickland is a player the Pirates like a lot. Hunter Strickland, Age 20 Height: 6-5 Weight: 200lbs Pitcher: Throws Right – Strickland’s fastball sits 89-91 MPH,Read More »

Pirates, Marlins in trade talks


Marlins eyeing Matt Capps Pittsburgh Pirates closer Matt Capps converted his 13th straight save opportunity on Tuesday and he’s a player teams are giving a strong look as the trade deadline is less than 25 days away. The Florida Marlins are making a play for Capps after failing to land Baltimore closer George Sherrill in trade talks. The Pirates would like a right-handed hitter with power to balance a lineup that leans to the left and the Marlins would be willing to trade first baseman Gaby Sanchez, who is hitting .289 with eight home runs and 30 RBIs in 49 games at Class AAA New Orleans after missing a month because of a sprained knee. The Pirates, though, want more than just Sanchez, who is becoming a little old for a prospect as he turns 26 on Sept. 2, in return for Capps. Another team expressing interest in Capps is

Lack of run support has negated improvements in other areas


By Paul Ladewski CHICAGO – Leave it to home plate umpire Mark Carlson to do what the Pirates haven’t done often enough this season. Actually knock an opponent pitcher out of the box. But not even the ejection of Chicago Cubs hot head Carlos Zambrano was enough to shake the Pirates out of their latest funk in a 5-2 setback at Wrigley Field on Wednesday afternoon. Throw out a rare 10-run outburst in the series opener two nights earlier, and the Pirates scored 13 runs in their last seven games. “We’ve been there the last few years,” said firstbaseman Adam LaRoche, who had one of the eight singles that his team totaled for the day. “It’s just one of those stretches where nothing goes right.” Outfielder Reed Johnson broke a 2-2 deadlock with a solo home run against reliever Jesse Chavez in the eighth inning. The Cubs added a pairRead More »

Pirates shutout for second consecutive game


CHICAGO — If it’s late May, then it can’t be too early for the Pirates to look back to the future. It sure beats a look at back at what happened against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night, which to say another shutout loss, 4-0, the second for the Pirates in as many games. The Pirates were limited to five hits, and in the process, they wasted another solid performance on the mound. Starter Ross Ohlendorf allowed three earned runs in 7 2/3 innings but was stuck with the loss, anyway. “I mean, we’ve mixed in different guys,” said manager John Russell, who sounded like someone who had exhausted most if not all of his options. “The last time we went through this, even the bench guys struggled a little bit. We just gotta stay together and try to have good at-bats.” If the Pirates haven’t found the answersRead More »

Pirates complete sweep of Marlins, win 7-4


Pirates improve to 9-6 on the season Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Adam Laroche who has been among the major leagues worst hitters in the month of the April the past three seasons, is off to his best start in a Pirates uniform. Laroche went 4-for-5 while bother Andy Laroche drove in a pair of runs as the Pittsburgh Pirates (9-6) beat the Florida Marlins 7-4 Wednesday afternoon at PNC Park, to complete a three game sweep of the Marlins (11-4). The Pirates had 10 hits on the afternoon and got timely scoring as the Pirates scored runs in five different innings. Nyjer Morgan and Jack Wilson each added RBI singles. Laroche is hitting

Duke throws CG, 4-hit shutout in 7-0 win


In front of a sell out crowd, Zach Duke threw a four hit, complete game shutout leading the Pittsburgh Pirates (4-3) to a 7-0 victory over the Houston Astros (1-6), Monday afternoon at PNC Park. Duke (2-0) is off to a strong start after a 5-14 season in 2008 and credits pitching coach Joe Kerrigan for the turnaround. Duke‚Äôs complete game shutout was the first by a Pirates pitcher in a home opener since 1978 While Duke dominated on the pitchers mound, Freddy Sanchez had three doubles, starting a five run third inning for the Pirates. Adam LaRoche who is notoriously a slow starter in April had three hits including a two run homer in the third inning to give the Pirates a 4-0 lead. Nyjer Morgan capped off the Pirates 5-run third inning, with a two-run single, scoring Ramon Vazquez and Jack Wilson. Ryan Doumit added a solo homerunRead More »

4/9 lineup: LaRoche brothers scratched


3B Andy LaRoche and 1B Adam LaRoche will be scratched today for the Pirates. Adam LaRoche will be replaced by Eric Hinske and Roman Vasquez will remain in the starting lineup at thirdbase. Pirates Lineup Nyjer Morgan LF Freddy Sanchez 2B Nate McLouth CF Ryan Doumit C Eric Hinske 1B Brandon Moss RF Ramon Vazquez 3B Jack Wilson SS Ross Ohlendorf P