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Formerly Apathetic Batter Francisco Liriano Hits Three-Run Jack

Once upon a time, Francisco Liriano gave so little of a shit about hitting that he didn’t even bother to stand in the batter’s box during his at-bats. This is his third year in the National League, though, and it looks like he’s finally figured the whole offense thing out: http://deadspin.com/francisco-liri... »8/08/15 5:53pm8/08/15 5:53pm

This Is The Refusal Roberto Clemente Got When He Asked For A Raise

Following his 1959 season—his fifth full year in the bigs—Hall-of-Fame outfielder Roberto Clemente asked for a raise, to $23,000. GM Joe L. Brown, architect of those great Pirates teams of the ‘60s and ‘70s, replied with a letter politely but firmly telling Clemente that he wasn’t good enough. »7/31/15 12:57pm7/31/15 12:57pm

Max Scherzer Blows Perfect Game By Hitting The 27th Batter, Gets No-No

Max Scherzer downed 26 Pirates in order today but failed to achieve baseball’s 24th perfect game when he hit Pirates pinch-hitter Jose Tabata with a pitch on a 2-2 count. Scherzer struck out 10 in the 6-0 Nationals victory in Washington, just days after earning a game score that was among the best in history. Oh, and… »6/20/15 6:34pm6/20/15 6:34pm

Let's Take A Look At Andrew McCutchen's Pay Stub

Over on reddit, user Grassiii has posted a photo of Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen’s latest pay stub. Grassiii says that a friend found it on a recent tour of the visitor’s clubhouse at Wrigley Field, where the Pirates played the Cubs over the weekend. Let’s have a look (you can click the magnifying glass in the… »5/21/15 10:25pm5/21/15 10:25pm

Pedro Alvarez Wallops Home Run Out Of PNC Park, Into Moored Boat

Both AT&T Park and PNC Park were built alongside large bodies of water. But whereas the San Francisco Bay is only about 370 feet from home plate at AT&T Park, the Allegheny River is 443 feet from home plate at PNC Park. Thus, in its 14-year history, there have only been two splash hits at PNC Park. Until today, that… »5/19/15 11:13pm5/19/15 11:13pm

Andrew McCutchen Will Try Anything To Stop His Slump

Andrew McCutchen’s had a slow start to the season with a .310 OBP and a weak .348 slugging percentage. After a fruitless at-bat in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game against the Cardinals, the Pirates outfielder performed a short ritual in the dugout in an attempt to ward off the lineout demons. Baseball players keep… »5/11/15 2:00pm5/11/15 2:00pm

Pirates Execute Rare 4-5-4 Triple Play

The Pittsburgh Pirates tripled up the Cardinals tonight on a 4-5-4 triple play that, if we’re reading SABR’s list of triple plays correctly, is the first in baseball history. Maybe claiming the Pirates “executed a triple play,” isn’t fair or accurate, perhaps “Cardinals fail to execute competent baserunning” would be… »5/09/15 7:36pm5/09/15 7:36pm

The Pittsburgh Pirates Should Be America's Team This Season 

There’s nothing America loves more than a winner who has suffered and, Lord knows, the Pittsburgh Pirates have suffered. Twenty losing seasons in a row. The Pittsburgh drug trials. The cobbled-together public ownership that ended up $22 million in debt. Talented player after talented player leaving town as fast as he… »4/03/15 3:34pm4/03/15 3:34pm