The Hateful Eighth

by Toby Schreiber   Carlos Meza sat in the clubhouse, still in his uniform, staring into the void. The first pitch he’d thrown all game went for an out. By the time he’d strutted back to the dugout after the seventh, no Marlin had seen second base. Only three had reached first, and he’d put all three there himself with […]

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Foul Tip #1: The Unsweepables

Welcome to a new, infrequent (probably very infrequent) column looking at random facts sifted from the silt of MLB Pro. Today, we’re looking at The Sweep. A mostly arbitrary and ultimately irrelevant accolade, but an accolade nonetheless. Of the 30 MLB teams, there are only two left standing through the first two months of the season who haven’t yet fallen […]

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Mattingly Walks The Plank: Pittsburgh Dumps Hitting Coach

Chris Halenberg, ClearTheDeck.com Monday, 15 May 2017 – Pittsburgh, PA The Pirates major league personnel met this afternoon during the flight back to Pittsburgh, after a 3-1 series loss to the team previously propping up the entire National League. The decision was made during that meeting that Don Mattingly wouldn’t be returning to Pittsburgh. We assume he did /physically/ return […]

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For Whom The Bell Tolls

After a miserable 2016 season, the rebuild continues in the Steel City. All eyes are currently on one man: outfielder Josh Bell. Bell, considered one of the league’s hotter prospects, is coming off a starring role as a rare bright spot on Pittsburgh’s season in an outfield many have high hopes for going forward. However, with many, many holes in the ship […]

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