Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Pirates Making Off-season Moves

By Matt Hall, Student Reporter

On Monday, the Pirates reportedly agreed with Jung-ho Kang (Korean baseball player) to a 4 year deal with an option of a fifth year for about 16 million dollars.  The deal will be confirmed if Kang passes the physical which is planned for Thursday.  His Korean team will stop in Arizona for spring training while Kang goes the whole way to Pittsburgh.  Speaking of spring training, there are only 35 days until the Pirates' pitchers and catchers report to Florida.  Alright, back to Kang.  He hit 40 home runs last year with a batting average of about .360.   That’s all I know about Kang so see you later!

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Baseball Hall of Fame Selections Today

By Matt Hall, Student Reporter

This afternoon at 2:00 the Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2015 will be announced. Included in this ballot are Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, Gary Sheffield, Nomar Garciaparra, and Craig Biggio. 

Just so you know, players need at least 75% of the votes to get voted in.  On July 26, whoever gets voted in will be at the induction ceremony in Cooperstown, New York.

My picks that will be in the Hall of Fame are Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez.  I chose these two people because they both were amazingly good pitchers.

You've now had my prediction, but we’ll find out later today. See you later with a couple of new players in the Baseball Hall of Fame!

Sunday, January 04, 2015

This Week in Pittsburgh Pirates History - January 4-10

This week in Pittsburgh Pirates history -

January 7

2009      Selling the last of his remaining shares in the Pirates, Kevin McClatchy ends his 13-year relationship with the team. After local ownership failed to materialize in 1996, the former managing general partner made sure the struggling club would stay in Pittsburgh by finding shareholders and securing the cash needed to buy the franchise.

January 10

1957      Commissioner Ford Frick allows Bing Crosby, part of an 11-man syndicate that made a successful bid to buy the Tigers, to keep his token stock in the Detroit club although he is part owner of the Pirates. The famous crooner, who became one of the Buc's owners in 1946, presently has a 16% share of the club.