By Mike Harakel If I would have asked any intelligent baseball fan at the beginning of the year where the Pittsburgh Pirates would have finished this season odds are I would have gotten a lot of last place or second to last place in the National League Central. Look at the standings on July 20th […]

The Pittsburgh Pirates, as woeful as they are in most other phases of the game, had the best starting outfield in the majors last season in Xavier Nady, Nate McLouth, and Jason Bay.  And yet, despite dealing away all three of those players as well as defensive genius Nyjer Morgan in the span of less […]

The Pirates have gotten off to a good start this year, largely thanks to the entire starting rotation hitting the ground running right out of the gate (starters’ ERA: 3.12). The offense however, still needs some work.  Hard-hitting catcher Ryan Doumit is going to be out for a while following wrist surgery, and several other […]

I didn’t expect the Pittsburgh Pirates to improve a great deal during the offseason. I didn’t think they would sign any players to lucrative deals, and never counted on them to entertain me by making any blockbuster trades. If you did… well… wanna invest in my magic bean business? In my mind, the best thing […]

Averaging 4.84 runs scored per game, the Pittsburgh Pirates offense has been better than what many had expected going into 2008. In fact, their starting OF has been stellar, averaging an adjusted OPS of 138, which is tops in MLB*. You read that correctly. You could easily make the argument that the 2008 Pittsburgh Pirates […]

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December 5, 2011

Will anybody get elected to the Hall of Fame this year?

Last week, we asked you to vote for who you would like to see enshrined in baseball’s Hall of Fame. The verdict? If it were up to UmpBump readers, nobody would make it in. The leading vote getter (so far) is Jeff Bagwell, who has 60% support. Of course, in the real voting, players need […]

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