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  • Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay lead newcomers on the 2019 Hall of Fame ballot

    Hardball Talk "The Baseball Hall of Fame has released its ballot for 2019. The newcomers to the ballot, two of whom I presume will be first-ballot inductees, include Mariano Rivera and Roy Halladay: Roy Halladay Todd Helton Andy Pettitte Mariano..." November 19

  • MLB partners with DAZN to create live look-in show for baseball fans

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball and DAZN, the fast-growing global live and on-demand sports streaming service, have finalized plans to create a weeknight show for baseball fans to follow game-by-game action in real time beginning in the 2019 season.  The yet-to-be-named program,..." November 16

  • MLBPA thinks all 30 teams will take a “file-and-trial” approach to arbitration

    Hardball Talk "There’s something interesting deep in Ken Rosenthal’s latest notes column. It’s about arbitration, with Rosenthal reporting that the players union believes that all 30 teams will take a “file-and-trial” approach to arbitration this winter. If..." November 16

  • MLB, Fox Sports Reach Reported $5.1 Billion Rights Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball announced today that it has reached a new seven-year, multiplatform agreement with FOX Sports spanning the 2022-28 seasons. Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal reports (via Twitter) that the contract’s rough value is a staggering $5.1 billion — a..." November 15

  • Rob Manfred to get a five-year contract extension today

    Hardball Talk "The owners meetings are going on down in Atlanta this week. Unlike a lot of gatherings of baseball dignitaries, we tend not to get much news out of them, however. We know the owners do things like light cigars with $100 bills and, I dunno, play games of chess on human-sized chess boards with..." November 15

  • Cleveland Indians trade Erik Gonzalez, others to Pittsburgh Pirates for Jordan Luplow, Max Moroff

    WKYC "The Cleveland Indians have made their first trade of the offseason. On Wednesday afternoon, the Indians and Pirates agreed to a deal that sent infielder Erik Gonzalez and right-handed pitchers Tahnaj Thomas and Dante Mendoza to Pittsburgh in exchange for outfielder Jordan Luplow and..." November 14

  • Will Jung Ho Kang be Enough to Jump-start the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Lineup?

    Bucs Dugout "Now that the Pittsburgh Pirates have officially welcomed Jung Ho Kang back for 2019, what does that mean for the rest of the offseason? The Pittsburgh Pirates, like every single other team in MLB, have a shopping list in place as they hit the..." November 13

  • MLB Owners Expected To Approve Extension For Rob Manfred

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball owners are expected to meet next week to vote on a five-year extension for commissioner Rob Manfred, reports USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. He’d need the approval of ownership representatives from 16 of the 30 teams, though Nightengale reports that Manfred..." November 09

  • Pirates Re-Sign Jung Ho Kang

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates announced that they’ve signed third baseman Jung Ho Kang to a one-year, Major League contract for the 2019 season. Kang, who is now repped by Wasserman, returned to the Pirates organization in 2018 after missing the 2017 campaign and much of the 2018 campaign due to..." November 08

  • MLB reportedly working on ways to discourage sign stealing

    Larry Brown Sports "Paranoia about sign stealing was more rampant than ever during the MLB playoffs this year, and the league is trying to find ways to cut down on that heading into 2019. According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, Major League Baseball is in the process of trying to implement rules and..." November 07

  • MLB's Hyped $1 Billion Free-Agent Class Actually Isn't That Good

    Bleacher Report "The free-agent market this winter includes the National League's Most Valuable Player—from 2015. And the American League's MVP—also from 2015. And the AL Cy Young winner. And two others who finished in the top five in MVP voting in their respective..." November 07

  • MLB considering moving trade deadline back

    Sportsnaut "One of the interesting possibilities coming out of the GM meetings is not a potential deal, but a big change to the MLB trade deadline. MLB is considering moving the non-waiver deadline back from its traditional July 31 date. In the process, the waiver deadline of August 31 would be..." November 06

  • Hall of Fame announces the “Today’ Game” era ballot

    Hardball Talk "The Hall of Fame just announced the nominees for this year’s Veterans Committee ballot. Well, they don’t call it the “Veterans Committee” anymore, but it basically is. It’s now done with an era-system which rotates every year, and this year’s era is the..." November 05

  • Is baseball even capable of making superstars anymore?

    Yahoo! Sports "Early in her seminal Babe Ruth biography, “The Big Fella,” Jane Leavy, the gifted storyteller of bygone ballplayers, perfectly encapsulates his place at the intersection of America’s game, Americana and America today. The forebear of modern politicians and religious..." November 05

  • GMs to consider eliminating trade waivers

    Hardball Talk "The General Manager Meetings are taking place in San Diego this week. We don’t often get a lot of general news from those. Heck, at the moment two teams — the Giants and the Orioles — don’t even have general managers. The best way to think of the GM Meetings is to think..." November 05

  • Red Sox, Braves top Gold Gloves; Nolan Arenado continues streak

    ESPN "Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print The Boston Red Sox, just a week after winning the World Series, had the most players in the American League named as Rawlings Gold Glove winners, with right..." November 05

  • Pirates hire Rick Eckstein as hitting coach

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Rick Eckstein, who was hired Friday as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ new hitting coach, brings with him teaching experience on a variety of levels. Eckstein, 45, has tutored hitters in the major and minor leagues and college. He spent the past two seasons as the Minnesota Twins’..." November 03

  • Pirates Sign Patrick Kivlehan To Minor-League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "According to a report from John Dreker of PiratesProspects.com, the Bucs have opted to add outfielder Patrick Kivlehan to the organization by way of a minors pact. The 28-year-old, then, latches on with his fourth MLB organization in the past calendar year (and seventh in his..." November 01

  • Ryan Lavarnway outrighted, elects free agency

    Bucs Dugout "The Pirates have outrighted catcher Ryan Lavarnway off the 40-man roster and he’s elected free agency. November 01

  • Pirates To Decline Option Over Josh Harrison, Jung Ho Kang

    Pittsburgh's Action News 4 "The Pirates have declined options on infielders Josh Harrison and Jung Ho Kang for the 2019 season, the team announced Wednesday. Harrison will be paid a $1 million buyout, according to The Athletic reporter Ken Rosenthal. Harrison and Kang will now be free agents who can..." October 31

  • Inside MLB's Big Pitch-Tipping Problem

    Bleacher Report "For all the fuss this month about sign stealing, the key matchup in the World Series may have nothing to do with which team has the other team's signs. Sometimes, you don't need the signs. Sometimes, the pitcher tells you what's coming. He may do it..." October 22

  • Joe Musgrove Undergoes Abdominal Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates announced today that righty Joe Musgrove has undergone surgery to address the abdominal issue that bothered him late in the 2018 season. He is expected to be “on or close to a regular schedule” for the coming spring. Musgrove’s campaign came to an early..." October 19

  • MLB could see $1B revenue increase from legalized sports gambling

    Sportsnaut "Major League Baseball might not be too excited by the Supreme Court ruling earlier this year that overturned a nation-wide ban on sports gambling. But as states take it upon themselves to open up sportsbooks in the wake of said ruling, America’s pastime could soon see an..." October 18

  • Pirates Prospect Ji-hwan Bae Found Guilty Of Assaulting Former Girlfriend

    MLB Trade Rumors "Pirates prospect Ji-hwan Bae has been found guilty by a South Korean court of assaulting his former girlfriend. Naver Sports reported the news, with Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic covering the story in further detail (subscription link). Allegations arose earlier this..." October 16

  • Dodgers’ David Freese takes shot at Pirates for not going for it?

    Larry Brown Sports "David Freese was one of the lucky players at the MLB trade deadline this year who went from a mediocre team to a World Series contender, and he was not afraid to call attention to that after the Los Angeles Dodgers punched their ticket to the NLCS on Monday. Freese, who was a hero for..." October 09

  • Pirates Outright Nik Turley

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have outrighted left-hander Nik Turley off the 40-man roster, per John Dreker of PiratesProspects.com. He’ll presumably become a minor league free agent. The 29-year-old Turley was claimed off waivers from the Twins last November. He enjoyed..." October 05

  • Pirates Dismiss Jeff Branson, Jeff Livesey

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates announced Monday that they will not bring hitting coach Jeff Branson and assistant hitting coach Jeff Livesey back as Major League coaches for the 2019 season. No additional coaching changes are expected, per the press release. “We appreciate all of the time, energy..." October 01

  • Sources: A federal grand jury is investigating MLB's international dealings, and officials on all sides are worried

    Yahoo! Sports "The plundering of Latin America wasn’t Major League Baseball’s original sin. It’s simply the one that has festered the longest. Corruption of all kinds – illicit payoffs, bonus-money skimming, doping teenagers with performance-enhancing drugs – has been treated as..." September 28

  • Jung Ho Kang Likely Set To Return To Pirates

    MLB Trade Rumors "Pirates third baseman/shortstop Jung Ho Kang is likely set to return to the team this weekend after a near two-year hiatus, according to reports from Rob Biertempfel of the Athletic (Twitter link). Kang, 31, finished 3rd in the Rookie of the Year balloting after a banner 2015 season..." September 27

  • MLB sees sharp rise in batter hand injuries; higher velocities, other factors cited

    Sporting News "As the MLB season winds down toward the playoffs, players and team management hope that the crack of the bat takes precedence over the crack of the bones. Bones of the hands in particular.  Since the exhibition season, an all-star team of players — more than..." September 27

  • Edgar Santana To Undergo Tommy John Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates announced to reporters today (Twitter link via The Athletic’s Rob Biertempfel) that reliever Edgar Santana will go undergo Tommy John Surgery and miss the 2019 season. Santana, 27 in October, was solid in 66 1/3 innings out of the Pittsburgh pen this season, posting a..." September 26

  • Josh Harrison, Jordy Mercer likely make final PNC Park appearance as Pirates

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "With only one week left on his contract, shortstop Jordy Mercer called Sunday’s get-together with the Milwaukee Brewers — the last one at PNC Park for the noncontending Pittsburgh Pirates — just “another game.” Second baseman Josh Harrison said he..." September 24

  • Joe Musgrove shut down with ab discomfort

    Hardball Talk "Pirates right-hander Joe Musgrove is done for the year after suffering an abdominal wall muscle strain and stress reaction in his pelvic bone. While he isn’t expected to undergo surgery or miss additional time in 2019, he’s been prescribed six weeks of rest..." September 23

  • Chad Kuhl undergoes elbow surgery

    Yardbarker "Pirates right-hander Chad Kuhl underwent surgery on his right elbow earlier today, team director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk announced to reporters (via MLB.com’s Adam Berry). The team hasn’t provided further details just yet, so it’s not clear whether the operation..." September 19

  • Virtually nobody at PNC Park for Royals-Pirates game

    Sportsnaut "Those attending Monday’s game between the Kansas City Royals and Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park will have plenty of room to stretch out. As the game was starting, the outfield seats were almost completely devoid of people. " September 17

  • Pirates pitching coach to undergo cervical neck surgery

    Yardbarker "The Pirates announced today that pitching coach Ray Searage will undergo cervical neck surgery this week (Twitter links via Adam Berry of MLB.com). He’s expected to resume his coaching duties once he’s sufficiently recovered, but he’ll cede those responsibilities to..." September 16

  • Chad Kuhl to have elbow, forearm examined again

    Hardball Talk "It’s been a rough year for Pirates right-hander Chad Kuhl, who will seek another opinion on his right elbow/forearm after experiencing further setbacks during his rehab of a right forearm strain. Multiple reports from Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and MLB.com’s Adam..." September 15

  • Gregory Polanco's rehab could shape the Pirates' offseason

    CBS Sports "Although the 2018 Pittsburgh Pirates are still mathematically alive, they will soon be eliminated from postseason contention and shift their focus to 2019. And the 2019 Pirates have already suffered a significant loss. Friday afternoon the Pirates announced outfielder Gregory Polanco..." September 15

  • Gregory Polanco expected to miss 7-9 months

    Hardball Talk "The other day it was reported that Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco would undergo shoulder surgery to destabilize his dislocated left shoulder. It turns out that there was more to it than that. He had a torn labrum as well, and it was repaired during his..." September 14

  • MLB Must End Teams Purposely Keeping Out Baseball's Biggest Phenoms

    Bleacher Report "One of Major League Baseball's latest controversies calls to mind a bit from the 2009 Star Trek, in which Dr. McCoy offers words of wisdom to Mr. Spock. "You know, back home we have a saying: 'If you're gonna ride in the Kentucky Derby, you don't leave your..." September 14

  • Gregory Polanco Undergoes Shoulder Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates announced today that outfielder Gregory Polanco is undergoing left shoulder surgery. He suffered a dislocation upon sliding into second base this past Friday, and a second opinion from Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York confirmed that diagnosis while..." September 12

  • MLB, MLBPA announce Japan All-Star Series participants

    Hardball Talk "For over 100 years, off and on — more off than on, actually — major leaguers have traveled to Japan for all-star barnstorming series of one form or another. The tradition will continue this November and this morning MLB and the MLBPA announced many of the participants in the series,..." September 10

  • Marlins-Pirates rescheduled due to rain; set for day after season ends

    MLB.com "With the remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon rolling through southwestern Pennsylvania on Sunday, the Pirates postponed their scheduled 1:35 p.m. ET series finale against the Marlins at PNC Park. The Pirates made the announcement around 9:20 a.m. ET, well before game time, as the..." September 09

  • Gregory Polanco To Miss Rest Of Season

    MLB Trade Rumors "Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco suffered left knee and left shoulder injuries Friday that will force him to miss the rest of the season, the team announced. Polanco incurred “a significant bone bruise in his left knee,” one that will require six to eight weeks of rehab. The..." September 08

  • Pirates hope Jung Ho Kang and Chad Kuhl can play in game setting soon

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates hope Jung Ho Kang and Chad Kuhl can play in a competitive environment before the end of the season so the club can evaluate how they have recovered from their injuries. Kang had surgery to debride cartilage in his left wrist Aug. 3. After Class AAA..." September 06

  • Pirates Promote Kevin Kramer, Designate Buddy Boshers

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates announced several September call-ups today, designating lefty Buddy Boshers to create roster space. Pittsburgh selected the contract of well-regarded middle-infield prospect Kevin Kramer along with that of journeyman catcher Ryan Lavarnway. Also heading up to the majors..." September 04

  • Yankees land Adeiny Hechavarria in last-minute trade with Pittsburgh Pirates

    North Jersey "At the 11th hour, the Yankees made one last move - acquiring shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Announced after the midnight deadline to secure players that would be eligible for postseason, the Yanks sent a player to be named later or cash..." September 01

  • Pirates deal David Freese to Dodgers for minor leaguer

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired minor league infielder Jesus Manuel Valdez from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for infielder David Freese. “We made the difficult decision to trade David to give him an opportunity to pursue a World Series championship this season,”..." September 01

  • Backlash rightfully growing over service time manipulation by MLB teams

    CBS Sports "The subject of service time manipulation is one we've been talking about for years. The biggest case in recent memory was Kris Bryant with the Cubs in 2015. Remember? Bryant was sent to Triple-A Iowa to start the 2015 season, despite all the evidence in the..." August 30