The Pittsburgh Pirates will hold focus groups with season ticket holders, fans, corporate partners, and suite holders to brainstorm ideas for a new primary logo. The Bucs’ current primary is not the “P” that is displayed on their caps, but it’s actually the logo pictured above that’s been in use since 1997. The red bandana buccaneer logo is displayed on the sleeves of the Pirates’ home, road, and alternate jerseys.
Pirates chief marketing director, Lou DePaoli, reiterated that the “P” will not be affected. “When people see the gold ‘P,’ they know it stands for Pirates,” he said. “It’s something you don’t mess with”. That’s good thinking right there.
The list reads like this: Tim Lincecum, Clayton Kershaw, Jonathan Sanchez, Yovani Gallardo, Jake Peavy, and Zack Greinke. One of these things is not like the others. One of things may have appeared to be like the others, but like the others he is no more. The aforementioned crop of names are from a graphic listing the starting pitchers with the highest strikeouts per nine innings from 2006-2012. It appeared on screen before the start of the third inning during a FOX Royals broadcast on April 14th of last season, this may be the last time that Sanchez was mentioned in the same breath as hurlers the likes of Kershaw and Greinke.
Sanchez lasted just 2.2 innings versus the Cleveland Indians that day. He managed to work through the first two innings fairly effectively, before imploding on account of a series of walks, a Jarrod Dyson error, and the Indians hitting him all over the field. Sanchez would hit Shin-Soo Choo with a pitch, too. Choo took exception with Sanchez, but what can you expect from a man who left what little semblance of control he ever had in San Francisco?
Just when it appeared that the Francisco Liriano and Pittsburgh Pirates were on the road to formalizing an agreement on a two-year deal, the story may have taken yet another turn. Tom Singer, highlighting the Bucs’ non-roster spring training invitees for MLB.com, notes that Liriano is expected to head to camp with a Minor League deal.
“With the addition of [Kyle] Waldrop, Pittsburgh’s NRI list stands at 18, and there is at least one more on the way: Indications are that Francisco Liriano — when all the roadblocks to formalizing his signing are cleared — will wind up coming to camp on a Minor League deal and an invite.
Bringing in Liriano on a Minor League deal would give the team ample time to figure out how to make room on the 40-man for the veteran lefty, whose participation figures to be delayed due to the broken right arm that complicated his signing.”
Almost half a million votes were cast for the opportunity for seven players to be voted by fans to be on the cover of MLB 13: The Show, and to the surprise of even the man himself, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen is your winner.
Wooowww! The front cover of a video game?!?!!!!! Still cant believe it! Prob not going to sleep tonight.
Travis blames Cito, Heath blames Ozzie, nobody blames Cutch and the Tigers blame Dunn. Another uplifting episode of the Getting Blanked show, kicking ugly flavours in your ear four times a week.
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On August 8th, the Pittsburgh Pirates were 16 games over .500, with an expected win total of 93 games and a 75% chance of making the playoffs. They were 2.5 games behind the National League Central Division leading Cincinnati Reds and 3.5 games ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals for the final Wild Card spot.
On Thursday afternoon, the team lost to the Milwaukee Brewers by the score of 9-7, bringing their record on the season to 74-75 and reminding us that the franchise has not completed a regular season with a .500 record since 1992. Making this all the more heartbreaking is that the Pirates actually looked good on the day, leading 7-4 after seven innings, until their bullpen imploded, allowing four runs in the eighth inning and another in the ninth.
Since August 8th, the team has gone 11-30. They’ve now fallen 16.5 games back of the Cincinnati Reds, 5.5 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals and now, even 3.0 games back of the Milwaukee Brewers, whom they previously enjoyed a 12.5 game lead over. They have less than a one percent chance of seeing the postseason, and are now expected to finish with a sub .500 record once again.