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Jason Rollison

Bucco Breakfast: The Road Less Traveled

Or, Hindsight is 20/20. Pick your cliche!

The Pittsburgh Pirates shot for the moon when they were trying to send Gerrit Cole to the New York Yankees. Does that count for anything?

Welcome to Bucco Breakfast, a new daily morning feature designed to help you through the offseason. Each day we’ll roll out a quick topic designed to spark conversation as well as provide some interesting baseball reading from around the web.

As former Pittsburgh Pirates starter Gerrit Cole marches towards the...

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Pirates prospect Ji-hwan Bae found guilty of assaulting former girlfriend

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. Allegations arose earlier this year against Bae, a talented 19-year-old infielder, relating to a New Year’s Eve incident in 2017. The Pittsburgh organization reported the matter to MLB officials, who did not impose a period of administrative leave while investigating the...

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Playoff thread: Will Craig Counsell use up all his minutes in game three?

The Brewers take on the Dodgers in LA at 7:39pm. Milwaukee will send the closest thing it has to an ace, Jhoulys Chacin, against Walker Buehler.

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What's Pittsburgh's solution at shortstop?

Who will play short next season in Pittsburgh? How active will the club be in free agency? Beat reporter Adam Berry answers those questions and more in the latest Pirates Inbox.

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Playoff thread: ALCS game two

The Astros meet the Red Sox at 7:09pm, with Gerrit Cole facing David Price. Supposedly, one of these guys is an ace. And one of them has won zero post-season starts. And it’s the same one.

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Alex Stumpf

Poll: Worst Pirates Loss of 2018

In a year of highs and lows, these are the losses that stung the most.

Last week, I asked Bucs Dugout what the best win of the season was. The winner, unsurprisingly, was Josh Bell’s walk-off in the rain against the Brewers. Second place went to the Joe Musgrove takeout slide game, and the opening day extra-inning win took the bronze.

But for every ying, there is a yang. You can’t have a “best wins” list without a “worst losses” entry, too. Actually, you probably could, but I...

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Playoff thread: Bullpen championship series goes into full gear

The Red Sox and Astros return from an extended vacation for a full slate of pitching changes in an 8:09pm start at Fenway Park. Justin Verlander will take on Chris Sale.

Meanwhile, the Brewers and Dodgers face the exhausting task of playing on a second straight day. The mound visits will begin at 4:09pm at Miller Park. Hyun-Jin Ryu will face Wade Miley for an inning or so.

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Playoff thread: NLCS opens

The MLB playoffs feel like when you watch a season of a TV series and then have to wait a year for the next season. Milwaukee hasn’t played in five days, the Dodgers in four. But, hey, this way there’ll be moar pitching changes! It’ll be Clayton Kershaw against Gio Gonzalez in an 8:09pm start.

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Jason Rollison

PODCAST: The River Blast Podcast End of 2018 Wrap Up

The boys pass out some superlatives

In the latest episode of The River Blast Podcast, Alex Stumpf from Bucs Dugout and Noah Hiles of 93.7 The Fan bring you another round of engaging Pittsburgh Pirates talk.

In the final episode of season 1 of the River Blast Podcast, Noah and Alex review the entire 2018 season of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Through all the highs and lows they boys give their superlatives and report cards on the Buccos. Also, stay tuned at the end of the show for each of their...

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Here's what Pirates did in the AFL on Thursday

Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Thursday.

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Pipeline names Bucs' Prospects of the Year

Right-hander Mitch Keller took another step toward the Majors this season. Infielder Kevin Kramer got the call every young player dreams of. Both learned through adversity at the next level, and both could play a role next season after being named MLB Pipeline's Pirates Prospects of the Year.

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Sanchez, Bucs prospects turn heads at instructs

Back in July 2015, the Pirates signed a small, speedy outfielder named Kevin Sanchez out of the Dominican Republic for $450,000. He was known as Lolo by the time fans in the United States got to see him in any fashion, and after a pedestrian debut in the Dominican Summer League in 2016, he started making it look like Lolo would be a household name in Pittsburgh eventually with a very strong U.S. debut in the Gulf Coast League a summer later.

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Game thread: The Axis of Evil has the stage

I was going to post a pic of a MLB executive thinking about the Red Sox and Yankees being the only active teams today, but I don’t think SBN would have liked what I had in mind.

Anyway, after today’s 8:07pm game — featuring some guy named . . . uh . . . CC something or other — and at most one other game, one of these teams will be gone. Then the Astros will wax the survivor and we can have just baseball.

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

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 the St. Louis Cardinals during the 2011 postseason, was asked by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports how special it is to get back to the playoffs. He responded by essentially saying he was convinced he was going to...

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Pirates prospects get underway in AFL today

Baseball's finishing school opens again on Tuesday, when the Arizona Fall League will begin its 27th season. Fifteeen of MLB Pipeline's Top 100 prospects will play in Arizona this fall, highlighted by the game's best prospect, Blue Jays third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and top pitching prospect, Astros right-hander Forrest Whitley.

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Jason Rollison

Who Had The Best Pitch on the 2018 Pittsburgh Pirates Pitching Staff?

Where my pitches at?

As the 2018 season fades further into the rear-view, we can now look back and determine what went wrong and what went right with this year’s version of the Pittsburgh Pirates. First up: the best singular pitch of 2018.

As the 2018 Pittsburgh Pirates fade into Bolivan, we are left to pick apart the season that was and try to make sense of it.

Part of that is picking out some fantastic individual performances and feats. Today, we will focus on the best pitch among all...

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Will Bucs pursue a big bat this winter?

What moves will the Pirates make this offseason? Beat reporter Adam Berry answers questions from fans in the latest Inbox.

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Playoff thread: Three LDS games

It’s funny how MLB’s hierarchy is easily discerned by game times. The Axis of Evil always gets prime time, the Dodgers get the #2 slot, and whoever’s left toils in obscurity. Never mind that Houston is easily the most exciting of all these teams to watch. This isn’t about BASEBALL.

Astros (Keuchel) @ Indians (Clevinger), 1:30pm

Dodgers (Hill) @ Braves (Foltwyxywczywcvzyxvw), 4:30pm

Hitler (Eovaldi) @ Mussolini (and Cutch) (Severino), 7:30pm

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Playoff thread: Brewers and Dodgers look for sweep

Milwaukee @ Colorado, 4:37pm, Wade Miley vs. German Marquez

L.A. Dodgers @ Atlanta, 8:07pm, Walker Buehler vs. Sean Newcomb

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Playoff thread: ALDS second games

Gerrit #NowHesAnAce Cole goes for the Astros against Cleveland and Carlos Carrasco at 4:37pm.

Boston sends David Price and his career 2-8 postseason record against Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees at 8:15pm.

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