First Pitch: Pittsburgh Baseball Network Updates

You can always tell when baseball has returned to my life.

On a typical week, I’d be watching “Falcon and the Winter Soldier” first thing Friday morning.

This past weekend, I found myself finally getting around to it on Sunday night.

Last week, we shipped out all of the 10th Anniversary Prospect Guide orders. Some of you have already said you’ve received your books!

This week we will be shipping out beer glasses and shirts.

By the end of the week, we’ll post an update with remaining stock available.


I talked with Ben Cherington this weekend to discuss a few prospects for upcoming Baseball America features. The first one is already live, looking at Oneil Cruz and his path to the majors.

I’ll have more on Cruz in the coming days, expanding on that article and looking at a few other development topics.

Here are this week’s expected site updates and upcoming articles:

Site Updates

Most of the work last week went toward shipping a few hundred packages out and writing articles, but we did have a few updates to the main page of the site, helping to clean up the navigation.

I’ve been working on Ethan Hullihen’s payroll tracker, and that will be the next thing to go live on the site. That will be followed by an update to the PBN Pirates page. Look for that all to be completed this week.

Upcoming Articles

Today – Check out the latest from Jason Gindele, who breaks down the changes Joe Musgrove has made the last few years

Here’s what I’ve got for First Pitch the rest of the week:

Wednesday – I’ve got a breakdown of Mitch Keller coming, with video. I’m planning on using the Wednesday FP as a video breakdown feature.

Thursday – My “Trends” First Pitch, looking at expectations for starting pitchers in 2021

Friday – Another column inspired by Luis Oviedo and this team’s losing

Pirates Highlights

Daily Links

**Modifying Musgrove

**Game Recap: Rule 5 Giveth and Rule 5 Taketh Away

**This Date in Pittsburgh Pirates History: April 12th, Vic Willis and Eight Other Former Players Born on This Date

**1925 Pirate Replay, September 3: Kremer Pitches Bucs to Ninth Straight Win


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