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Pittsburgh Innocents – an Amateur Pittsburgh Pirates Glass-Half-Full Baseball Blog

I’ve been a Pittsburgh Pirates fan for almost 40 years.  I decided on the name for the blog based on the history of the team.  Although the Pittsburgh Pirates got their start as the Pittsburgh Alleghenies in 1876, they were later renamed the Innocents in 1890.  The funny thing is that this could still be their … Continue reading

Trade Deadline: another starter?

Do the Pirates need to add a starter at the deadline? Their starting pitching depth is the reason they are in 1st place and own the best record in baseball.  But, now that it is possible both James McDonald and Wandy Rodriguez could be done for the season, that depth is depleted. Yes, they still … Continue reading

Draft, Trades, and Other Stuff

It is an unbelievable feeling expecting to win every game.   I’m not upset at all that the Pirates couldn’t sign Mark Appel.  I don’t wish Appel to get injured, but…. I won’t feel sorry for him if he does.  I’m proud the Bucs didn’t mortgage the future to sign him. Speaking of mortgaging the … Continue reading

“He Tied The Game!”

I was hanging on last night watching that game with one eye open.  I had hung on to watch Pedro finish that AB representing the tying run after the rain delay in the 9th.  And when he made contact, I leapt from the bed jumping up and down shouting “He tied the game! He tied … Continue reading

Home Run Derby

I hate the Home Run Derby.  I find it boring.  I used to enjoy it when I was younger, but it just can’t hold my attention.  I did watch tonight to see Cutch hit.  I was rooting for him not get embarrassed and to bow out early.   Got both.   I was glad he … Continue reading


I think many of the positive thinkers thought the Bucs had a chance to win the division entering the season with the Cards and Brewers regressing.  So it is not entirely surprising to find them in the division lead at the All Star Break.  But, who would have thought they’d have the 2nd best record … Continue reading

Quick notes – 7/7/12 part 2

Should I rename this site I’ve been taking Neil Walker for granted.  The guy is on fire.  Speaking of ‘taking for granted’, how about defense?  Clint Barmes and Gorkys Hernandez saved that game tonight.   Zoltan! Andrew McCutchen .360, Melky Cabrera .358 Michael McKenry has developed quite the power stroke.  Is it for real … Continue reading

Quick notes – 7/7/12

Pedro Alvarez is officially a beast after belting that HR off the LHP.   The lineup is pretty decent right now.  They hit LHP pitching very well, and with Garrett Jones and Pedro, they are plenty solid against RHP too. Drew Sutton continues to stroke the ball well. Gorkys Hernandez left me gape-mouthed when he … Continue reading

Welcome Back Karstens

Yep, I know Jeff Karstens has been back, but tonight was the Karstens I know and love.  The guy just throws strikes.  Something during previous seasons was frustratingly lacking.  This guy is a very solid #3 starter (Erik Bedard is 4th).  I sincerely believe the Bucs can make the playoffs, but they do have many … Continue reading

About Time: Jared Hughes Plunks Back

After years of perceiving that the Bucs just lay down and take it when teams plunk them with pitches and offer no equivocation in return, it is nice to see that change.  It is refreshing to see Jared Hughes come in after seeing his battery mate, Michael McKenry, hit by a pitch in a blowout … Continue reading

Past Innocents

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