Pittsburgh Pirates

2013 MLB Pennant Races: A to Z

An alphabetical look at the keys to the 2013 MLB pennant races.
From A to Z, here are the keys to the 2013 MLB pennant races.

Pedro Alvarez

Maybe the third baseman was rushed through the Pirates’ system, or maybe he’s been a little slow to develop, but the Pirates have been rewarded for their patience with the young slugger. The second overall pick in 2008 is tied for the NL lead in homers and is fourth in RBIs. If the Bucs can hang on and win the NL Central, Alvarez will be a key component.

2013 MLB Trade Deadline: Winners and Losers

Breaking down the most recent baseball trades
Last season the most impactful trades didn’t seem that impressive when they were announced. But the additions of Hunter Pence and Marco Scutaro by San Francisco shifted the balance of power toward the Giants in the NL West and eventually led to a World Series championship. Often it’s the little things that seem to matter most, like solid defense, eating innings and clubhouse unity. The frenzy at the trade deadline last Wednesday never really materialized, but there were a handful of significant trades over the past few weeks that could affect the 2013 pennant races.

Last season the most impactful trades didn’t seem that impressive when they were announced. But the additions of Hunter Pence and Marco Scutaro by San Francisco shifted the balance of power toward the Giants in the NL West and eventually led to a World Series championship. Often it’s the little things that seem to matter most, like solid defense, eating innings and clubhouse unity.

Road Trip: The best things to do in Pittsburgh

Where to go before and after Steelers, Penguins and Pirates games in Pittsburgh.
Where to go before and after Steelers, Penguins and Pirates games in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh is one of the country’s great professional sports cities — with the NHL’s Stanley Cup-champion Penguins, the NFL’s Steelers and MLB’s Pirates. But there is so much to do in Pittsburgh when you’re not rooting for one of the black-and-yellow championship contenders.

 

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NL Wild Card Game Preview and Prediction: Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

NL aces face off for right to face Cardinals in NLDS
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NL Wild Card Game Preview and Prediction: Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

It's a shame that the Cubs and Pirates are only playing a one game, winner-take-all Wild Card matchup instead of the seven-game series this NL Central rivalry deserves. But make no mistake, this game is going to be must-watch television. 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates Mt. Rushmore (Franchise Four)

Who are the top four players in Pittsburgh history?
<p> The question posed recently whether Derek Jeter should be considered as part of the Yankees’ Mt. Rushmore piqued my interest. Not really the Jeter-Yankees part, but the idea that teams should have their own Mt. Rushmores. Who are the four individuals that have risen above all others for each organization? The question sounds simple. Even two guys sitting in a bar can figure that out, right? Not so fast. Let the arguments begin.</p>

Major League Baseball is promoting an effort to identify the best four players in each team’s history with their "Franchise Four." We selected our choices for Mt. Rushmores a few years ago. Here are updated versions for all 30 teams. Who are the four baseball players that have risen above all others for each organization? The question sounds simple, right? Not so fast. Let the arguments begin.

 

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