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Last Build Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2010 02:24:29 +0000

 



“Boom! You’re welcome!”johnesparrow

Tue, 17 Aug 2010 02:16:59 +0000

The above quote is from Fake Neal, some time ago- I am positive he said it/wrote it, but I cannot find a link anywhere. In any case, it seems appropriate today, with Taillon and Allie both Bucs. I am chasing a deadline right now, so some quick thoughts over dinner. – 2.25M for Allie? What? […](image)


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Taillon and Allie- are you ready?johnesparrow

Mon, 16 Aug 2010 08:07:34 +0000

By this time tomorrow, I expect Pirate fans will have Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie as the newest members of the farm system. At this point, it would be a major disappointment if both don’t sign. I am astonished at how little press the signings have gotten, in terms of comments from either side, not […](image)


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Exploding draft budgetsjohnesparrow

Sun, 15 Aug 2010 19:42:47 +0000

One wonders where this is going to lead eventually, but it’s now clear that the Nationals and Pirates will both be teams that comfortably reach 8 figures in signing bonuses in the 2010 draft. Apparently the Nats have committed around $3M to Sammy Solis and AJ Cole, and about $800K on Robbie Ray. That’s almost […](image)


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WTF, Russell?johnesparrow

Sat, 14 Aug 2010 08:04:16 +0000

I don’t worry about losing games. Over the last few years, I have seen enough of that. I worry about losing players. The Pirates aren’t in the kind of position yet where they can afford to lose their players with nothing on the line. I have also mostly been on John Russell’s side since he […](image)


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Draft Signingsjohnesparrow

Fri, 13 Aug 2010 05:50:26 +0000

There is something very magical about watching something you believe in grow. At the same time, you start worrying about a lot of things too, and every decision starts becoming more and more critical. Much the same can be said of Pirate fans who watched in distress as Dave Littlefield laid to waste an organization […](image)


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Saturday morning ruminationsjohnesparrow

Sat, 07 Aug 2010 18:02:50 +0000

Before anything else, my sincere thanks to both readers of the blog for emailing their thoughts on the clearly-thought provoking post on how to get an ace for the Pirate staff. As a blogger, it’s awesome to hear from your readers, and those being the first ones I have received will certainly be cherished, even […](image)


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Deadline Comments- Part 3- A missed opportunity? And a flight of fancy!johnesparrow

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 07:27:21 +0000

This is a more speculative post than others, and in the spirit of Pirate fans who are finally starting to see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel, I am going to finish with another bit of “what the Pirates can do”, and how they can move closer to contention. Of course, the […](image)


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Action in the bullpenjohnesparrow

Thu, 05 Aug 2010 06:25:23 +0000

So Chris Resop is finally a Pirate. All my wild eyed speculation and suggestions of trading for him turned out to be unnecessary after all. It’s a little strange though. You can see the Braves didn’t want to lose him, which is why they called him up and also why they hid him on the […](image)


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Deadline Comments- Part 2- Dotel and the Capps effectjohnesparrow

Wed, 04 Aug 2010 06:31:19 +0000

Continuing with the discussion of the trade deadline, who expected that Matt Capps, non-tendered by the Pirates in 2010 would have a 2010 like this one? Wins the All Star game, and then brings back Wilson Ramos from the Twins, in what was either a brilliantly prescient move by the Twins, or one made in […](image)


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Deadline Comments- Part 1- Bowker and the OF/1B situationjohnesparrow

Tue, 03 Aug 2010 05:30:45 +0000

Deadlines will come and deadlines will go, but Smizik apparently will go on forever. Oh and don’t even dare venture into the comment space, if you don’t want your day wasted. Charlie attempted to answer some of their questions on Bucs Dugout, but that’s about as far as I d recommend going! In any case, […](image)


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