First Pitch: Today Could be a Busy Day

I didn’t have a topic for First Pitch, but I figured I’d better post something because some people like the extras in the article as part of their day. I didn’t put much thought into the song, it popped up first on YouTube and it’s a good one. The Sporcle quiz is a continuation of MLB leaders, which is a fun topic when you try to remember players from not long ago, but it can be annoying when you forget someone obvious. Hopefully you’re in the former group, not latter. The Random section is a food video posted by the same guy who did all of the travel videos I posted. He has plenty of interesting videos and I’m sort of forgetting which I posted and which ones I only watched. I’ve never posted one of his food videos, so there you go. Enjoy.

As for the title, today could be a busy day. Teams started signing non-drafted free agents yesterday and plenty of players were signed around baseball. I didn’t hear any for the Pittsburgh Pirates yet, but I’m sure that will change.

We should also soon hear about draft signings. This year isn’t quite like the past where the bonus numbers mattered as much, so we could see what could be left for over-slot signings later in the draft. That obviously won’t happen this year, so our draft tracker is really just there to announce when the players sign and have for future reference. It’s still interesting to see how they split up the money and whether or not the Pirates spent their entire pool.

We could also hear more news on the MLB negotiations, or lack of them at this point. MLB  players had no response for the owners, other to say that there would be no response. They have apparently given up on negotiations right after the owners made a better offer. Usually that offer is followed by another one that gets them closer to playing, and so on. Word as of right now is that the season might just start next month with approximately 50 games and players getting 100% of their prorated player. We will see.

We also had This Date in Pittsburgh Pirates History this morning, filled with trades on the former trade deadline date of June 15th. Worth checking out. There’s a special trade article coming up very soon and our 1979 season recap continues. We will see what the rest of the day holds, but you’re getting at least four articles today and probably more.

Enjoy your Monday.




John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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