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NL Postseason Predictions: Could It Be Déjà Vu All Over Again?

While the American League keeps playing meaningful games on the final weekend of the regular season, things in the NL are a little more settled. The five teams know who they are, and the only question being asked is, will the Dodgers and Mets open in New York. But knowing who is going to play whom and knowing how it is going to turn out are two entirely different things.
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Roberto Clemente: Why He Is Jackie Robinson’s Equal

Now I may get lambasted for what I am about to write, and frankly I couldn’t care less. I know what I say is not only correct, but it is not a slight on Jackie Robinson at all. What Jackie did will obviously never be overtaken, but there is a player who I believe should be treated as his equal. With Number 42 retired all around baseball, as it should
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Roberto Clemente: Why Baseball Needs To Retire No. 21

Today should be a momentous day as every player on every team in Major League Baseball should be wearing No. 21. Now you may wonder why I say such a thing. It’s because today is the great Roberto Clemente’s birthday. Everyone knows that there is only one player whose number has been retired throughout the league – Jackie Robinson's No. 42. The man who broke the color barrier. I believe that Roberto Clemente’s
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Pittsburgh Pirates: Time To Raise The Jolly Roger! Bucs Are For Real!

When Sid Bream scored on the hit by Francisco Cabrera in Game 7 of the 1992 NLCS, little did anyone know how tough baseball in Pittsburgh would become. I mean, the world knew Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonilla and Doug Drabek would be gone after the season, but they didn’t think it would be 20 years before they had a winning season again. But it wasn’t until 2013 that the Bucs,
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Texas Rangers: Team looks in new direction with hiring of Banister

Arlington --  The Texas Rangers have gone in a different direction in naming a manager. According to Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal, Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach, Jeff Banister will become the team’s 16th full time manager since moving to Texas in 1972. Banister, who will turn 50 in January, comes with 29 years of experience in the Pittsburgh organization. He made his one and only major league appearance on July 23rd
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Russell Martin: A Quiet Case for NL MVP

[caption id="attachment_31179" align="alignnone" width="400"] AP Photo/Gene Puskar[/caption] The typical 2014 NL MVP discussion consists of the same few names: Jonathan Lucroy, Clayton Kershaw, Giancarlo Stanton, and Andrew McCutchen.  Well, let’s change it up and throw Pirates’ catcher Russell Martin into the mix.  The 31-year old veteran is having a season to remember, although few others will.  He touts a stellar .409 on-base percentage that tops all catchers to go along
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2013 MLB Wild Card : Races Coming Down To The Wire

With the final weekend of the Major League Baseball season upon us, the Wild Card teams are all but decided. In the National League, the Pittsburgh Pirates, making their first post season appearance in 21 years, hold the top spot by two games over their Central Division rivals, the Cincinnati Reds.  The NL Central will be the only division sending three teams to the playoffs this year.  The Pirates and
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Pittsburgh Pirates : Bucs Back in First After 7-1 Win Over Cards

PITTSBURGH -- Newly-acquired Justin Morneau made his way into PNC Park around 8:30 and was greeted by all of his new teammates who were in good spirits Saturday night. And why not? The Pittsburgh Pirates took sole possession of first place in the National League Central after their 7-1 win against the St. Louis Cardinals in front of the second-largest crowd in PNC Park history (39,514). “This is a great
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MLB : Pirates Acquire 1B Morneau From Twins

If there were any remaining pessimists that felt the Pittsburgh Pirates were not serious about a push for October, those people can finally take a seat.  Just a few days after acquiring Marlon Byrd and John Buck from the New York Mets, the Pirates have added Justin Morneau from the Minnesota Twins to their lineup Saturday. Pittsburgh is in a battle for first place with the St. Louis Cardinals in
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Pittsburgh Pirates : Liriano, Jones Lead Bucs in Crucial Game 1 Against Cards

Someone must have told Garrett Jones this was the biggest series of the season to this point. He hit his 100th career home run, drove in four runs and finished 3-for-4 as the Pittsburgh Pirates took game one of the series on Friday night against the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-0. Jones, who has been struggling at the plate started for the first time in four games after sitting the last