Afternoon reading, 9/24/2010


Pirates’ 2010 Offseason – An Inflection Point

Pirates Prospects
Kevin Creagh

The 2010 offseason for the Pirates is an inflection point, a determination on whether this franchise is trending up or continuing to trend down, and many diehard fans will be watching closely. The time to sort through a menagerie of discarded players at the Major League level needs to stop.


Jose Bautista and the Meaning of the Word “Fluke”

Alex Remington

Today, Joe Posnanski wrote a piece about Jose Bautista‘s remarkable 50th home run. Bautista’s the first man to crack the 50-home run barrier since 2007, just the 26th man ever to reach such a gaudy number, and even though he’s already done it it’s still hard to believe.


In Bing Crosby’s Wine Cellar, Vintage Baseball

The New York Times
Richard Sandomir

He knew he would want to watch the game later — if his Pirates won — so he hired a company to record Game 7 by kinescope, an early relative of the DVR, filming off a television monitor. The five-reel set, found in December in Crosby’s home, is the only known complete copy of the game, in which Pirates second baseman Bill Mazeroski hit a game-ending home run to beat the Yankees, 10-9. It is considered one of the greatest games ever played.


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