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A Lump of Cole

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At this time last year, Cole Tucker was expected to compete for the starting shortstop role in Pittsburgh. But after struggling at Spring Training, Tucker wasn’t assigned to PNC Park or the alternate site. Instead, he stayed in Bradenton to work on his swing at extended Spring Training.  The focus…

First Pitch: Day Fifty Four – Lockout

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If you’re looking for a great read on the current status of the MLB lockout, Evan Drellich has an article at The Athletic discussing how MLB owners are testing the players. Drellich writes that the owners are going to wait until the last minute, testing the players and putting them…

First Pitch: Day Fifty Three – Afterlife

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The worst damage a human can suffer is the damage inflicted by another human. This doesn’t have to be physical damage. It can be emotional damage as well. The things we say to people can ring in their minds for an entire lifetime. The things we say about people to…

First Pitch: Day Fifty Two – John Mayer

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I watched a documentary about John Mayer’s career this week. It’s on YouTube and was a really good look at his career if you’d like a deeper appreciation of his music and journey. In baseball, players typically watch video and study the approach/career of other players. Typically, they will pick…

First Pitch: Day Fifty One – No Hitters

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Every Friday, First Pitch is focused on discussion of baseball memories. This week, I have a simple question: Have you ever witnessed a no hitter in person? If so, share who it was in the comments. My first no hitter came on April 29, 2012 as a combined effort between…

First Pitch: Day Fifty – The MCU Multiverse Explained

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SPOILER WARNING: This post contains spoilers for Loki, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and Avengers: Endgame. Honestly, if you haven’t seen Endgame by now, then you wouldn’t be reading this article anyway. Even more honestly, if you’ve seen all three movies, you might just only be interested in today’s Pirates links.…

First Pitch: Day Forty Nine – The Long-Term Future

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I’ve been very happy with the new approach for Pirates Prospects over the last three weeks. If you missed the previous announcements, Pirates Prospects has switched to a weekly digital magazine format. Each week we will release all of our features on Tuesday, giving you the option to either binge-read…

First Pitch: Day Forty Eight – This Week on Pirates Prospects

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This week on Pirates Prospects we’ve got a great article drop for those of you who follow the Altoona Curve closely. I wrote a column about the 2021 Altoona team representing the first wave of prospects under Ben Cherington’s rebuild. Wilbur Miller looked at the potential 2022 group. In a…
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