Posts by Jason Gindele

Pitch Clocks are Coming and Colin Moran Needs More Time

Analysis
Baseball games are long. Poetically, soothingly, captivatingly long at times, but long nonetheless. And in a go-go-go world, watching a 3-hour game can be challenging for the average fan, especially if kids are involved.  Baseball knows it, too. That’s why they have cut the time between innings, forced relievers to…

Culture and Strategy in the Pirates Front Office

Analysis
The Pirates are in the midst of another losing season, but there are signs that the front office is operating a bit differently both on and off the field.  Some of those signs are obvious. GM Ben Cherington swung for the fences in the draft, landing four players who were…

The next Pirate to throw a no-hitter will be …

Analysis, No Quarter
The Pirates were thisclose to being on the receiving end of a no-hitter last week, when Colorado’s German Marquez held Pittsburgh hitless until a Kai-ai Tom single led off the ninth inning.  Kai-ai Tom breaks up German Marquez's no hitter in the 9th. pic.twitter.com/AqPYHGuxKY — Justin Groc (@jgroc) June 30,…

A Sticky Subject in Pittsburgh and Across MLB

Analysis, No Quarter
Pitch spin rates have been a focus in recent years, with evidence that fastballs with higher spin rates perform better than those with lower spin rates. That’s a prominent topic today as baseball considers a crack down on sticky substances — potentially used by 90% of pitchers — that increase…

Business Data on Federal Street

Analysis, No Quarter
The Pirates are hiring a Data Architect, according to its list of job openings.  But this isn’t on the Baseball Operations side. Rather, it sits within the Business Intelligence unit of the organization. Businesses of all types and sizes rely on data to make decisions, and if the Pirates were…

The Emergence of Independent Analytics

Analysis, No Quarter
In February, we published a story about data analysts in the Pirates’ front office, showing that former GM Neal Huntington had added several full-time employees to that side of the operation during his tenure, and that Ben Cherington was continuing to tweak the operation. It also referenced a Baseball Prospectus…

MLB Draft: The More You Know

2021 Draft
The MLB draft is a couple months away (July 11-13, to be exact), and our own John Dreker will keep you up to date on prospects for the Pirates #1 overall pick, whether it’s Jack Leiter, Jordan Lawlar, Kumar Rocker, Marcelo Mayer or, if you believe Keith Law, Henry Davis. …

Modifying Musgrove

Guest Features
The following article was a reader submission by Jason Gindele. You can find his previous articles here, here, and here. Pirates fans undoubtedly threw their hands in the air after Joe Musgrove threw a no-hitter for the Padres on Friday. Visions of Gerrit Cole, Tyler Glasnow and Charlie Morton flashed…

The Rise of the Fastball

Guest Features
The following article was a reader submission by Jason Gindele. You can find his previous articles here and here. The late Tom Seaver once said: “The good rising fastball is the best pitch in baseball.”  He may have been on to something. Decades later, some analytics are now pointing to…

Analysts in the Pirates Front Office

Guest Features
The following article was a reader submission by Jason Gindele. In December, Baseball Prospectus published its findings (subscription required) on the correlation between winning and the number of analysts employed by a club’s front office. Spoiler: There is a correlation.  According to the researchers, each additional full-time sabermetrician on staff…