Pirates-Offseason Lookahead: Blalock & Baldelli on the Pirates radar?


By John Perrotto Photo: David Hague – Inside Pittsburgh Sports The Pirates’ 2009 season was in its final ugly days when manager John Russell began looking forward to 2010. “This was sort of a unique season in that it was almost like we had two different teams, one before the trades and one after,” the manager. “It was tough for the fact you were bringing a lot of players from a lot of different organizations and putting together in the middle of the season. “Things will be different next year. We’ll go through a full spring training together. Everyone will know everyone else better. Everyone will have a better understanding of the Pirates’ way of doing everything. I’m excited about it.” It is understandable why Russell and the rest of the Pirates want to put 2009 in the rearview mirror as they went 62-99 and finished with the second-worst recordRead More »