The trade deadline is quickly approaching on Friday, July 31, and everyone’s favorite hobby of armchair GM-ing is in full swing. We’re no different here at TSM Baseball. What Pirates’ fan wouldn’t want to spend a day nearing the trade deadline in Neal Huntington’s shiny, patent leather shoes? While those shoes are probably never comfortable and leave you feeling more paranoid about your professional standing than a ‘Game of Thrones’ character, when there are no stakes to be had as an internet writer, the exercise becomes a lot more fun!
In this article I will have a seat in the hypothetical general manager’s chair and target Tyson Ross, a player that I have become obsessed with over the last three years. I will also look at some of the pieces that I might be willing to part with that will send the Yinzer fans in Pittsburgh into a blind rage as they line up and down Federal Street, throwing IC Light cans and yelling expletives in protest.
Full Disclosure: My sexy trade deadline move for the Pirates that would have surely melted the internet would have been a move in which the Pirates traded super-prospect Tyler Glasnow in a package deal to the Rockies for short stop Troy Tulowitzki. I had been working out the players in my head that might fit on both sides, but with the recent trade of Tulowitzki to the Blue Jays, this exercise is now over.
Rest easy, internet.
Full Disclosure 2: While I mostly agree with the general fan sentiment that Josh Bell and Tyler Glasnow are untouchable, no players are totally untouchable for the right price. While Ross isn’t that piece, there are players out there that would be worth dealing either of those two for. Continue reading →
On this week’s podcast, Andy and Jason discuss the Major League Baseball’s All-Star problem with the Kansas City Royals as well as the new Home Run Derby rules. Jason then talks the successes of Jason Kipnis and Corey Kluber as well as the struggles of Lonnie Chisenhall and Jose Ramirez. Andy then discusses the slow start of the Pittsburgh Pirates and how it has affected their playoff hopes in 2015, as well as Jung-ho Kang’s adjustments and Gregory Polanco‘s lack of progress. They finish up talking about the Erie SeaWolves and their less than stellar season on the field, but incredibly fan-friendly ballpark.
On this week’s Tri-State at the Plate, Andy and Jason talk about Edinboro Elementary student Jacob Haugh, who has raised nearly $3,000 for the Pirates charity Wins for Kids. You can donate to the charity here and make sure to add ‘Jacob Haugh’ to your donation.
The show starts with Andy and Jason talking about the least controversial controversial topic that they can think of: the National League adopting the DH. Andy then talks about the ups and downs of a 12-10: Starling Marte hitting for power, but not taking any walks. The hitting not doing much of anything, but the pitching’s stellar start. Mark Melancon‘s velocity is down and… well, there’s no real upside to that. Jason then makes some tater tots before he chimes in to discuss Cleveland’s slow start and how the fans shouldn’t be panicking. Yet. The duo finish up with a SeaWolves shout out that is Dean Green heavy this week.
The Pittsburgh Pirates extended infielder Josh Harrison April 8, 2015 with a new four year deal, buying out his two remaining arbitration years as well as potentially three free agent years. Harrison will earn $2.8 million this season, which will be considered the first year of the deal, and then $5 million in 2016, $7.5 million in 2017, and $10 million in 2018. 2019 is a club option worth $10.5 million with a $1 million buyout, and 2020 is a club option worth $11.5 million with a $500,000 buyout. Continue reading →
The Opening Day lineup for the 2015 Pittsburgh Pirates features a lot of familiar faces.
In 2014, the Pirates opened the season against the Chicago Cubs with Travis Snider in right field, Russell Martin behind home plate, and playoff hero Travis Ishikawa at first base. In 2015, Pedro Alvarez has switched corners, Josh Harrison now mans third base, and Gregory Polanco is opening the season in right field. For a Major League Baseball team, there wasn’t a whole lot of turnover from last season, considering Harrison was already on the roster and Polanco was an internal replacement. Continue reading →
While we may not be professional scouts or analysts here at Tri-State of Mind Baseball, the staff does watch quite a bit of Major League Baseball’s product. This is most evident during our annual preseason predictions, where our staff’s inevitable biases are exposed, but so is our knowledge of baseball as a whole.
Opening Day is almost here and we have a jam-packed episode for everyone today! While everyone eagerly awaits for Sunday night, Rob Manfred is fretting in his office about just how fans will be able to watch baseball this year, which is right where Andy and Jason start off their discussion: ending blackouts for in-market teams. After that, Andy hits the talking points for the Pirates with recent injury news, the trading for Hunter Morris, Pedro Alvarez‘s success at first base and Jung-ho Kang’s struggles at the plate. He also talks about the fifth starter battle ending, with Jeff Locke victorious, keys to the Pirates success in 2015, and finishes up with a Minor League rundown of the Pirates organization. Jason then talks about the injury news for the Tribe, Danny Salazar‘s assignment to the minors, Zach McAllister‘s assignment in the rotation, and Roberto’s Perez’s contributions to the 2015 Tribe. Andy and then Jason talk about the awesome fan experiences you should be having at Progressive Field (which we still refer to as ‘The Jake’). The duo finishes up the podcast with a SeaWolves Shout Out, highlighting some Wovles news and former Erie SeaWolf, now Detroit catcher, James McCann.
Andy traveled far and wide to find the brains behind the baseball operations for the Erie SeaWolves. In the end, SeaWolves General Manager Greg Coleman ended up being in his office at the corner of 10th and Holland in downtown Erie, Pennsylvania for today’s interview. Andy had a chance ask about what makes a Minor League team tick, ranging from wacky and fun promotions in the upcoming season, to ticket packages, as well as how the team interacts with the community. Greg talks about Andy’s man-crush, Eastern League MVP Steven Moya, before diving into a much heavier topic, which is the economics of Minor League Baseball.
A huge thanks to Greg for taking time out of his busy spring schedule to fit in an interview today!
Real baseball has returned in Florida and Arizona this spring! Position battles and weird injuries are everywhere as Andy and Jason talk about Hunter Pence and his broken forearm. Andy talks about both of those things in regards to Pirates as Corey Hart has a hot tub related injury and Jung-ho Kang hits an opposite field home run. Andy also talks about the 5th starter spot in the Pirates’ rotation being up for grabs as well as catcher Francisco Cervelli bonding well with staff ace Gerrit Cole. Jason then jumps into the conversation talking about his favorite players to watch in camp (Francisco Lindor) and his undying love for Bruce Chen, even though Dan in Buffalo does not approve. Jason also talks about Trevor Bauer‘s clean mechanics and the 5th starter spot in the Tribe’s rotation as well.
Spring is in the air… if you’re in Arizona or Florida that is.
Andy and Jason are in the best shape of their lives and they reported for this week’s podcast! It shows as they open up talking about meeting Jim Leyland and B.J. Upton‘s name change to Melvin Upton Jr. Andy then talks about the Pittsburgh Pirates lineup in 2015 and how Francisco Cervelli could help all Pirates fans forget Russell Martin. He also discusses the Pirates pitching and players who may need to make strides in 2015. Jason then discusses Michael Bourn‘s hamstrings, Jason Kipnis‘s return to stardom, the two-spot in the Cleveland lineup, and Indians pitchers competing in sprint drills!