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I'm thinking if any organization says "Call the low strike!", it's the PBC.

1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/october-2014/low-strikes-are-making-the-strike-zone-huge.html

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With the exception on Hayden, I'm mystified how any of the other players citied have the first thing to do with the 2014 version of the Raiders, as they were picked by GMs who are gone, played for coaches who are gone, and blesed by an owner who is dead, and you can't get more gone than that.  Unless you're contending that Gallery put a voodoo curse on the Raiders on his way out the door, there's no there there.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/thisgivensunday/2014-articles/five-draft-picks-why-the-raiders-wont-make-the-playoffs.html

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@Carnegie Chip Well said, Chip.  This beats the ever-lovin' hell out of debating whether to non-tender Xavier Nady or not.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/uncategorized/nl-wild-card-game-giants-8-pirates-0.html

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@BobRoss1 I think you're underestimating what Baumgarner accomplished last night; not only was his line excellent (10K, 1 BB, 4H), but he was following the Tom Seaver playbook and getting strike one all night long--he was ahead in the count on just about everybody.  Some games you just get beat, and you need to tip your cap to the other guy ; to call this game "a huge step back...in any hope of developing into a real world series contender" is a extreme overreaction to one game.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/uncategorized/nl-wild-card-game-giants-8-pirates-0.html

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Is it too early to get all Bill Russell with it and go puke in the bathroom?

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/october-2014/the-2014-national-league-wild-card-game-theres-not-much-left-to-say.html

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Why do I have the feeling that Bob Smizik is going to ask his nurse "Robertson!  Why the hell isn't Robertson playing first tonight?"

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/october-2014/bob-robertson-and-the-giants-tonight-everyone-matters.html

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@nickjuneau24 If he starts nibbling and is taking enough time to write a sonnet between pitches like he does sometime, ithe mental and physical health of Pirate fans isn't safe either.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/uncategorized/pirates-officially-announce-edinson-volquez-as-wild-card-game-starter.html

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After reading this article, I can see why your avatar is designed to keep you anonymous.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/theoutsidecorner

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"Good Red Sox!  Roll over!  Play dead!"

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/september-2014/game-151-pirates-9-red-sox-1.html

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This club is going to do something wild, whether it's a ridiculous run through the post-season or a heart-breaking collapse at the finish, and I suspect it will lead to open-heart surgery for me either way.

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/september-2014/game-150-pirates-4-red-sox-0.html

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It would still be perfectly acceptable to go to the bullpen without it resulting in Pirate Nation breaking out in a cold sweat.

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/september-2014/game-146-pirates-4-phillies-1.html

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If nothing else, at least the Phillies are trotting out Jerome Williams, another example of their commitment to youth.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/september-2014/a-late-recap-game-144-phillies-4-pirates-3.html

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My cardiologist also agrees that it is time for the Pirates to play a little more consistently.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/september-2014/game-143-pirates-6-phillies-4.html

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As Stan Coveleski said so many years ago...Lord, baseball is a worrying thing.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/september-2014/game-137-cardinals-5-pirates-4.html

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Ike looks more like a young Alec Guinness than Guinness did,, though I think Guinness may have taken fewer pitches.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/august-2014/game-133-pirates-3-cardinals-1.html

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To sum up:  relief pitchers are fungible, games like this are not.

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/august-2014/game-131-cardinals-3-pirates-2.html

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Just in!  Pirates steal Dave Giusti from the Cards for Carl Taylor!

Sorry.  I had the B-R transactions page from 1969 open.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/july-2014/lets-try-this-again-trade-deadline-open-thread.html

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I believe the original title of a certain well-known Stephen Vincent Benet short story was "The Devil and Ray Searage".

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/july-2014/game-105-pirates-5-giants-0.html

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Well, if the Pirates are going to get to 90 wins, they're gonna have to dance with who brung 'em, because I don't see a lot of help on the trade market; if the possibility of Weekend at Morneau's, Part II is the best option, there's just no there there.

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/july-2014/the-2014-pittsburgh-pirates-first-half-not-good-or-bad-but-enough-of-both-to-be-maddening.html

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I'm not sure the Pirates need Suzuki to back up Russell Martin.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/theoutsidecorner

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The leading scorer for the legendary 2003-04 club?  Dick Tarnstrom.  The leading scoring forward? The ever-happy-to-be-here Aleksey Morozov.  That 2003-04 attendance figures show the exact number of masochists living in the 'Burgh at that time.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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If nothing else, the Pirates at least figured out how not to screw up the bullpen usage in high-leverage situations--just don't have them.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/july-2014/game-91-cardinals-5-pirates-2.html

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Anytime Frieri's HR/FB rate wants to start regressing to the norm would be nice.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/july-2014/game-90-cardinals-5-pirates-4.html

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Michael Martinez isn't the poor man's Josh Harrsion as much as he  is the wretched homeless person's Josh Harrison.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/uncategorized/clint-barmes-to-the-disabled-list-with-groin-injury-michael-martinez-to-take-his-spot.html

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That homerun...I remember flat-out ridiculous, and it looked just like that.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/july-2014/game-84-pirates-5-diamondbacks-1.html

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Given Harrison, Locke, and Worley's performance to this point of the season, I'm guessing NH took out a second mortgage on his eternal soul.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/june-2014/game-83-pirates-3-diamondbacks-2.html

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It was nice to see Worley embracing the Ray Miller mantra by working fast, throwing strikes, and changing speeds...and thank God it was him matched up against Dice-K instead of Volquez; a game with those two on the mound might last longer than the Mezozoic Era.

4 months ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/june-2014/game-79-pirates-5-mets-2.html

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@steve_010 National League pitchers hit .123 last year, and with pitchers not hitting in the minors, it's not going to get any better.  As far as the so-called "strategy" involved with having the pitcher bat ...well, strategy involves choices, and if you have someone in the nine-hole who can't do anything with the bat, you have almost no choices at all.  The DH is a good thing, and it's time for the NL to get on board.

4 months ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/june-2014/game-78-rays-5-pirates-1.html

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As an aside, I was listening to the Rays feed of the game on radio last night, and not only are the Tampa radio crew both unknowledgeable and unfunny, I have never heard anyone dog their own player like these guys did to Yunel Escobar.  Single up the middle? Time to talk about how poor his range has been this year.  Marte gets a hustle double?  Y'know, Escobar could have had the tag down faster.  Yunel hits a hard single that only a nice play from Cutch keeps from being a double?  Gee, it's nice to Escobar running hard out of the box, and isn't great how Andrew McCutchen plays hard all the time?  I was waiting for them to implicate Escobar in the JFK assassination. Look, I hate blatant homers as much as the next guy, but I've never heard anything like the way they constantly mofo-ed Escobar in my life.

4 months ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/uncategorized/game-76-pirates-8-rays-1.html

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Jason Grilli, closin' like Greg Norman.

4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/june-2014/game-72-pirates-4-reds-3.html

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At some point, the Pirates have to realize that "closer" is not the same thing as having a Cloak of Invincibility; if Grilli's not getting the job done--and he isn't--it's time to try other options.

4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/june-2014/game-70-reds-6-pirates-5.html

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Can't we do an SEC thing and schedule the Cubs 50 or 60 times a season?

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/june-2014/game-66-pirates-4-cubs-0.html

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While a 28th-round draft pick isn't likely to make The Show, let alone provide a lot of long term value, you're still crapping a draft pick away for 15 minutes of publicity.  That's not what good organizations do.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://hallofverygood.com/2014-articles/just-call-him-johnny-baseball.html

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Drafting for need is an NFL strategy; I'm a bit leery of this pick.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/june-2014/pirates-go-way-off-map-select-arizona-high-school-shortstop-cole-tucker-with-24th-pick.html

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It is still awfully difficult to watch Volquez' starts--even last night he was really grinding, and if he didn't have some stretches where he was locatng his breaking ball very nicely, it might have gotten ugly.  His fastball command is still spotty at best.

5 months ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/may-2014/game-46-pirates-3-nationals-1.html

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@mwr505 Maybe he's reading Treinen's mind--Harrisburg's no great shakes, but anywhere is better than Syracuse.

5 months ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/may-2014/edinson-volquez-tries-to-stay-in-the-rotation-against-the-nationals.html

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@TomBrenholts1 As opposed to the Mets, who turfed the reasonbly useful Kyle Farnsworth two days before his contract became fully guaranteed so they could save 750K.  God, what a Mickey Mouse organization.

5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/may-2014/the-return-of-wandy-rodriguez.html

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When you get to the point where you're only chucking that fastball up there at 87 or so...well, it's tough to have separation between your "hard stuff" and your off-speed pitches, and if big-league hitters can time your stuff, it ain't gonna be pretty.  If I was Pedro Allvarez, I'd be decked out like Marc-Andre Fleury, just in case.

5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/may-2014/the-return-of-wandy-rodriguez.html

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I'm singing "Always look on the bright side of life" in my very best Eric Idle voice.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/may-2014/game-27-orioles-5-pirates-1-game-28-orioles-6-pirates-5.html

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Well...heck, yeah.  There's obvioulsy something wrong with being a contender and starting the season with the right corner of the diamond featuring The Two Travises and Jose Tabata, Fourth Outfileder For Hire, but the Bucs problems to this point can't be summed up in the phrase "Whither Polanco?"

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/may-2014/slow-starts-gregory-polanco-and-everything-else.html

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I think a big part of the issue is that the Mets approach to hitting--they literally want their guys to hit it deep counts, and there are a lot of their guys--Ike chief among them--who just lost and unable to ever pull the trigger.  Sandy Alderson pulled a classic sell-low on this one (maybe he's calling Garth Snow and asking for trade tips) and NH took his lunch money.

6 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/uncategorized/some-thoughts-on-the-ike-daviszack-thornton-trade.html

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If anyone ever asks anyone else the question, "Why do you love baseball?", they should simply direct them to this post.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/april-2014/cadaco-all-star-baseball-my-grandfather-and-me.html

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It's a win in the bank; when opportunity knocks (i.e., when the team in the other dugout is the Cubs) you have to answer.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/april-2014/game-7-pirates-7-cubs-6.html

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In just shy of 2000PAs, Gaby Sanchez has all of five successful sacrifice hits.  Just sayin'.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://whygavs.com/april-2014/game-3-cubs-3-pirates-2-2.html

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I think this deal ends up being a steal for the Bucs.

7 months ago on Heyman: Pirates agree to extension with Starling Marte

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Years ago, Bill James wrote that one of the hallmarks of a bad organization was the refusal to try the unknown or unproven, preferring known meidiocrity to uncertainty.  If that doesn't descriobe the decision to start a season with Travis Ishakawa as the long half of a platoon, I don't know what does.

7 months ago on Pirates appear dangerously close to giving regular season at-bats on Travis Ishikawa

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Spot on, Pat; Polanco fits the profile of a guy who is going to settle in somewhere in the Marte-to-Cutch spectrum, but there's no guarantee that he's going to pull a Cutch and play at an All-Star level from day one.  I would also argue that the Pirates status as a contender is a reason not to start him in Pittsburgh; if you're playing for the Astros, a rookie can struggle in April and it just doesn't matter, becuase you're going to finish 40 games out anyway.  If Polanco started the season slow, then you get into the situation where you're tempted to yo-yo him between the minors and PNC, and that's not often helpful in advancing a players development.  Again, I agree with you--let's see where Polanco is come the middle of June.

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Gregory Polanco and Big League readiness

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I'm still skeptical, but I watched a whole lotta Glavine while he was pitching with the Mets, and one of the chief reasons he was able to survive pitching to just one spot and one spot only is that he got every borderline call from the umpires.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Monday Morning Required Reading: Harry Pavlidis and Dan Brooks on Pitch Framing

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Frankly, I'd take Chris Dickerson over either snider or Decker, and it's not like I'm particularly big on Dickerson.

8 months ago on A few things to look out for during spring training

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