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  • Derek Shelton reportedly interviewing with Mets and Pirates this week

    SNY TV "According to a report from the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Derek Shelton will interview with both the Mets and Pirates this week.  SNY's Andy Martino had previously reported that Shelton was among the list of candidates set to receive an in-person interview with..." October 16

  • 'Everybody's got their own version of ethics': Tipping pitches gets magnified in modern-day MLB

    USA Today "In baseball's new era of big data, high-definition cameras and tablets in the dugout, pitch-tipping – and how teams decipher and share the information – has become less about gamesmanship and entered something of an ethical gray area. It's..." October 15

  • MLB and the MLBPA are discussing opioid testing. This seems like the wrong move.

    Hardball Talk "Evan Drellich of The Athletic reported this morning that Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association are in discussions that could lead to the creation of a testing regime for opioids. This, obviously, comes in the wake of the July 1 death of Angels pitcher..." October 15

  • Alex Rodriguez safe, but ESPN may break up ‘Sunday Night Baseball’ team

    Sportress of Blogitude "Alex Rodriguez, entering the final year of his deal with ESPN, is expected to remain in his current analyst role on the “Sunday Night Baseball” broadcast team, but he could be the only holdover from the current crew next season. Andrew Marchand of the New York..." October 15

  • 2019-20 Qualifying Offer Value To Decline For First Time

    MLB Trade Rumors "The value of the qualifying offer will be set at $17.8MM for the coming winter, per Jayson Stark of The Athletic (via Twitter). That’s down by $100K from last year’s mark of $17.9MM. In every prior year that the QO has been in existence, it has risen. The offer price is..." October 15

  • Sam Fuld Declines To Interview For Managerial Vacancies With Cubs, Mets, Pirates

    Yardbarker "Former big league outfielder Sam Fuld, currently serving as the Phillies’ Major League player information coordinator, declined the opportunity to interview with the Cubs, Mets and Pirates for their managerial vacancies, MLBTR has learned. The 37-year-old Fuld, who had..." October 15

  • Pirates To Interview Ryan Christenson For Managerial Opening

    SI "Ryan Christenson, former outfielder and current bench coach for the Oakland A's, will interview for the open position as Pirates manager some time next week. This feels very natural for Pittsburgh to go looking through the coaching ranks of successful small market teams. The..." October 15

  • Twins’ bench coach Derek Shelton has ‘good chance’ at Pirates’ manager job

    Yardbarker "After being part of the Minnesota Twins' breakout 101-win season in 2019, bench coach Derek Shelton is reportedly drawing strong interest as a managerial candidate and has a good chance at landing a gig. According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, Shelton is a hot candidate..." October 11

  • Which managerial opening is the most desirable?

    Hardball Talk "As we wait for tonight’s NLCS to kick off — a preview on that will be up later this morning — let’s talk about all the managerial openings, shall we? With the Dodgers giving Dave Roberts their vote of confidence last night — and none of the remaining..." October 11

  • MLB denies changing baseballs used in playoffs

    The Score "Major League Baseball issued a statement Thursday denying the baseballs being used in the 2019 playoffs are different than those used in regular-season play. The statement comes amid concerns MLB changed its baseballs for the playoffs following a regular season that saw record power..." October 11

  • Pirates’ Brilliant Tweet Gets Savagely Trolled By Baseball World

    Sportsnaut "As baseball fans tuned in for Thursday’s Game 5 ALDS clash between the Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros, the Pittsburgh Pirates did their best to avoid being trolled on social media. A pitching duel between Gerrit Cole and Tyler Glasnow gave fans the perfect opportunity to..." October 10

  • MLB May Have Completely Changed its Baseballs for the Playoffs and Nobody Knows Why

    12 Up "Well, Rob Manfred, what in the actual heck do we have here? For Major League Baseball fans out there, there are few things more thrilling than seeing the ball fly out of the park. The "Chicks Dig the Long Ball" theory exists for a reason, after all. Everyone loves..." October 10

  • Finding A Match In A Starling Marte Trade

    MLB Trade Rumors "Pirates center fielder Starling Marte isn’t a perfect player, but he’s a very good one. And he’s now within two seasons of free agency, with the Bucs looking increasingly unlikely to contend before that time comes. The 31-year-old ought to have plenty of appeal,..." October 09

  • Japanese slugger Yoshitomo Tsutsugo will be posted for MLB teams this offseason

    CBS Sports "The MLB postseason is in full swing, but it is never too early to look ahead to the hot stove season, and a big new free agent will be available this winter. The Yokohama DeNA BayStars in Japan announced Monday that they will post slugging outfielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo for MLB teams this..." October 07

  • Looking For The Best Match In A Mookie Betts Trade

    MLB Trade Rumors "First of all, there’s more than a decent chance that Mookie Betts will still be a member of the 2020 Red Sox.  As per Sox president/CEO Sam Kennedy, the team’s intention to get payroll under the $208MM luxury tax threshold is a “goal but not a..." October 06

  • League, MLBPA Mull Further Changes To Drug Policy

    MLB Trade Rumors "A slow night in transactional and hot stove-related news allows for a closer reading of the previous week’s industry news, and a Wednesday piece from the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin is certainly deserving of a look, for those who missed it upon publication. In the shadow of the..." October 06

  • Players' union boss Tony Clark skeptical of apparent spending plans by teams

    Yardbarker "After a 2018 offseason that saw countless veterans linger on the free agent vine much longer than anticipated, MLBPA executive director Tony Clark is expecting yet another cooled stove this winter. Judging from comments made to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal on Thursday, he..." October 06

  • Pirates, AT&T Sports Networks Agree On Multi-Year Extension To Broadcast Games

    CBS Pittsburgh "The Pittsburgh Pirates and AT&T Sports Networks agreed on a new TV deal. On Friday, AT&T Sports Networks announced the move in a press release. The network will continue to be the regional telecast for the Pirates, including at least 150 live Pirates games, pre- and..." October 05

  • John Gibbons Hopes To Interview For Managerial Vacancies

    MLB Trade Rumors "Former Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons is throwing his hat in the ring for the many managerial openings across Major League Baseball, per MLB Network’s Jon Morosi (via Twitter). Gibbons last managed a major league team in 2018 when he led the Toronto Blue Jays to a record..." October 05

  • What Happens When Everyone Can Hit 30 Home Runs?

    MLB Trade Rumors "When I was a kid, prior to the 1994 strike, it was common for about a dozen MLB players to hit 30+ home runs in a season.  The only notable exception was in 1987, when the so-called “rabbit ball” led to 28 players hitting 30+ home runs.  There was an apparent..." October 04

  • Pirates Part Ways With Ray Searage, Tom Prince

    MLB.com "The Pirates’ coaching staff for next season won’t officially take shape until they hire a new manager to replace Clint Hurdle, but they have already informed two longtime coaches that they will not return in 2020. Pitching coach Ray Searage and bench..." October 04

  • Sam Fuld being mentioned as candidate for Pirates manager

    Larry Brown Sports "The Pittsburgh Pirates are in the market for a new manager after deciding to fire Clint Hurdle last week. A familiar name to baseball fans reportedly is being mentioned as a candidate for the job. Sam Fuld, who played eight seasons as an outfielder between 2007-2015, keeps coming..." October 03

  • MLB considering easing marijuana policy

    Sportsnaut "Major League Baseball is one of four major professional North American sports leagues that still test for marijuana. It also does not allow the substance to be used as a pain-killing alternative. This is all taking place in a country that has seen several states legalize marijuana for..." October 03

  • Jason Kendall would like to be the Pirates' next manager

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Jason Kendall wants to manage the Pirates. He thinks he’d be pretty good at it, too. Yes, seriously. “There’s something that I owe to the city of Pittsburgh,” Kendall said by phone Monday afternoon from his Kansas City home. “I truly..." October 03

  • Gear up for a lot of managerial changes

    MLB.com "The baseball industry is poised to witness one of the most turbulent offseasons in memory among its managerial profession. On the first full day of the Major League Baseball offseason, six managerial searches were underway. More jobs could open in the coming days as..." October 02

  • Ex-Pirates Employee Sends Wild Text to Reporter About Auditing Bob Nutting as Clint Hurdle Revenge

    12 Up "The division in Pittsburgh has reached a new low to be frank. For the Pirates, this past season was another embarrassing one. The team finished the campaign in dead last of the NL Central with a 69-93 record. It led to the firing of veteran manager Clint Hurdle, who had..." October 01

  • At Least 16 MLB Fans Were Maimed By Foul Balls This Year

    Deadspin "For the first time since Major League Baseball required the extension of foul ball nets to the ends of the dugouts before the 2018 season, individual teams have begun to take the injuries suffered by their fans seriously. As detailed in a story I reported earlier this year, foul..." October 01

  • Ranking Joe Maddon's 10 most likely landing spots, including the Phillies and Padres

    CBS Sports "On Sunday, the Chicago Cubs announced manager Joe Maddon would not come back for a sixth season. Maddon's tenure with the Cubs, then, ends with four playoff appearances and 90-win campaigns, as well as the 2016 World Series title that snapped Chicago's title drought. On..." September 30

  • Pirates’ GM Neal Huntington says he’s looking for ‘good baseball man’ to replace Clint Hurdle

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "First on Neal Huntington’s to-do list this offseason is finding a replacement for former manager Clint Hurdle, who was fired Sunday. Huntington will get the chance to hire the second field manager of his 12-year tenure as Pittsburgh Pirates general manager. Hurdle replaced John..." September 30

  • Pirates Pitching Coach Ray Searage Says He Expects To Be Fired

    CBS Pittsburgh "Following a season that saw the Pirates finish 69-93 record and fire their manager Clint Hurdle, Ray Searage said he expects to be the next to go.   Ray Searage told me he’s expecting to be..." September 30

  • Tim Anderson, Christian Yelich win AL, NL batting titles

    Hardball Talk "White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson went 0-for-2 in Sunday’s season finale, but still comfortably won the American League batting title with a .335 average. He is the first member of the White Sox to win the batting title since Frank Thomas in 1997. Anderson slashed .335/.357/.508..." September 30

  • Pirates fire manager Clint Hurdle

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Neil Huntington called this season of losing streaks, clubhouse fights and on-field brawls “a collective shortcoming” by everyone in the organization. But the only man out of a job Sunday was manager Clint Hurdle, fired at PNC Park an hour before the Pittsburgh..." September 29

  • Yankees' Aaron Judge tops MLB jersey sales for third consecutive season

    CBS Sports "  Major League Baseball has released its list of top jersey sales and for a third straight year, Yankees' slugger Aaron Judge sits at the top. At first blush, it seems a surprise, but digging deeper it makes sense. Of course a Yankees player is going to lead..." September 27

  • Francisco Liriano Plans To Pitch In 2020

    Yardbarker "Set to turn 36 next month, Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano hopes to keep pitching for a couple of more seasons, Stephen Nesbitt of The Athletic reports (subscription required). There’s no word on whether the Pirates are interested in re-signing the pending free..." September 27

  • Clint Hurdle will return to manage Pirates in 2020

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "In the wake of a 91-loss season, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle told Stephen Nesbitt of The Athletic he has been assured by team officials that he will return next season, his 10th with the organization. But while speaking to several reporters Wednesday night after..." September 26

  • Three Needs: Pittsburgh Pirates

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’re continuing with our “Three Needs” series, in which we take a look at the chief issues to be addressed for clubs that have fallen out of contention. We’ve already focused on the Mariners, Tigers, White Sox, Marlins, and Rangers. Now..." September 25

  • 2019 MLB Free Agents: Predictions for Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon and Top Stars

    Bleacher Report "As Major League Baseball winds down the regular season and 10 teams begin the quest for a World Series next week, early work is being done by all 30 clubs on this winter's free-agent class.  Leaving aside the top players available for a moment, the storyline to watch in free..." September 25

  • Felipe Vazquez moves prisons ahead of child sex case court date

    TMZ "Pirates pitcher Felipe Vazquez will face a Pennsylvania judge Wednesday in his child sex case -- where he's expected to enter a plea to charges he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl. TMZ Sports has obtained Vazquez's new mug shot ahead of his court hearing..." September 25

  • MLB has new strikeout record for 12th straight season

    The Score "Major League Baseball has a new single-season strikeout record for the 12th straight season. New York Yankees lefty Stephen Tarpley's punchout of Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Willy Adames was the 41,208th of the 2019 campaign, breaking the previous mark set in..." September 25

  • The 2019 MLB all-rookie team

    Yardbarker "Whether they premiered as blue-chip prospects or less-touted minor leaguers just trying to make a name for themselves, first-year big leaguers have provided an inordinate amount of intrigue this season. While some of the youngsters on this list are already well on their way to superstardom,..." September 24

  • Justin Turner, Tommy Pham, Roberto Osuna To Be Represented By Newly Formed Agency

    MLB Trade Rumors "Long-time MLB player representative Greg Genske has formed a new agency along with former Ballengee executive Alex Hicks, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter). The new outfit will be known as GEM Agency and will initially feature several former Genske clients. According to..." September 24

  • Baseball ties record for most 100-loss, 100-win teams

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday the Dodgers became the third team to win 100 games this season. It’s the third straight year that there have been three 100-win teams, so if you don’t pay much attention to history you might think it’s pretty common. Not really. Despite the three-peat in that..." September 23

  • Josh Bell, Starling Marte hope to return before season's end

    MLB.com "The Pirates haven’t given up hope that they’ll see first baseman Josh Bell and center fielder Starling Marte on the field before the regular season ends. More than anything, that’s because Bell and Marte -- two of the Bucs’ best players this year --..." September 19

  • Who will be next skipper to join 2K wins list?

    MLB.com "Bruce Bochy’s 2,000th managerial victory is in the books, and, while a Cooperstown calling was already a foregone conclusion with or without this milestone, this puts the soon-to-be-retired Giants skipper in some rare and heady company. Only 10 other managers -- Connie..." September 19

  • Pirates Select Contract Of Jake Elmore

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have selected the contract of utilityman Jake Elmore, per a club announcement. He’ll fill out the active roster down the stretch. Elmore, 32, was on and off the Pittsburgh 40-man roster earlier this season. He has appeared in parts of six MLB campaigns, each..." September 18

  • Police: Felipe Vazquez Did Suspect Girl Was Underage

    TMZ "Pennsylvania State Police say MLB pitcher Felipe Vazquez suspected the victim in his child solicitation case was underage when he first met her ... but he had sex with her anyway. TMZ Sports has obtained the police criminal complaint filed by the Penn. State Police in..." September 18

  • Pirates' Chris Archer On Felipe Vazquez, 'We're Hoping That Stuff's Not True'

    TMZ "Pirates ace Chris Archer appeared floored by the child sexual assault allegations against his teammate, Felipe Vazquez ... saying the crimes he's accused of are "heinous" and he hopes they're not true. "I do have a 14-year-old sister,"..." September 18

  • Felipe Vazquez allegedly met underage victim at PNC Park

    Larry Brown Sports "Details of Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez’s alleged solicitation of a minor continue to get more disturbing. Four more charges were filed against Vazquez on Tuesday after police in Pennsylvania spoke to the alleged victim. She told police that she first met Vazquez in..." September 17

  • Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez arrested, charged with solicitation of child

    WTAE Pittsburgh "Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Felipe Vazquez has been arrested on charges of computer pornography - solicitation of a child and providing obscene material to minors, authorities said Tuesday. Vazquez is being held in the Allegheny County Jail, awaiting extradition to Lee County,..." September 17

  • Pirates Shut Down Chris Archer

    Clutch Points "The Pittsburgh Pirates will shut down starting pitcher Chris Archer for the remainder of the 2019 season, general manager Neal Huntington announced on Sunday:   Chris Archer will be shut down for the rest..." September 16