November 26, 2004 |
The Pittsburgh Pirates have nearly completed their long-standing goal of shedding catcher Jason Kendall's big contract - $34 million over the next three seasons - by working out a trade with Oakland for lefthanders Mark Redman and Arthur Rhodes, according to a baseball official who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Despite Kendall's six .300 or better seasons and .387 career on-base percentage, the Pirates no longer can justify a salary that hits $10 million in 2005 - nearly one-third of their projected $35 million payroll.
April 25, 2001 |
The Pittsburgh Pirates are on track to sell a record 2.6 million tickets - and more season tickets than ever before - even though the team has sold fewer season tickets than team officials hoped. Spurred by fan enthusiasm for the new PNC Park, the average attendance at eight home games so far is 30,748, nearly 12,000 more than last April's per-game attendance of 18,946, the Pirates said. The team has sold nearly 13,000 full-season ticket plans and more than 20,000 partial plans, giving the team the equivalent of 17,100 full-season tickets.
July 30, 1988 |
The sweltering mask of summer still covers this city, and July has not yet yielded to August, but the Pirates and Mets played the first game of autumn at Shea Stadium last night. The Mets, who have experienced both the heat and the chill of a real pennant race, won, 1-0, on an eighth-inning home run by Kevin Elster that snapped a superb pitcher's duel. Lefthander John Smiley was squeezing a one-hitter and had retired 19 consecutive batters before Elster lofted his one-out homer just over the extended glove of leftfielder Barry Bonds.
August 25, 2009
Tonight at 7:05 RHP Joe Blanton (8-6, 3.86 ERA) vs. Pittsburgh RHP Ross Ohlendorf (11-8, 4.15). Tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. LHP Cole Hamels (7-8, 4.78) vs. Pittsburgh LHP Paul Maholm (7-7, 4.74) . Thursday at 7:05 p.m. LHP J.A. Happ (10-2, 2.59) vs. Pittsburgh RHP Charlie Morton (3-6, 5.21).
December 14, 1988 |
Teams that play Cinnaminson High this winter should be ready to run. It's not that the Pirates play a fast-break game or press full-court from start to finish, but they have three players in the starting lineup who run from September to June. Sophomore Cory Ogden and juniors Laura Topolski and Laura Flynn are coming off a standout soccer season in which Cinnaminson lost just three games and went to the championship games of both the South Jersey Group 3 and South Jersey Coaches Association tournaments.
August 28, 2008 |
Two bunts, one double and nine well-pitched innings. The Chicago Cubs proved on a Wrigley Field-like day they can win when their bats aren't booming, and their by-the-textbook victory came before they begin what may be their toughest stretch all season. Jason Marquis (9-7) shut down Pittsburgh's batters on a cool, windy day that must have made the visiting Cubs feel at home, and Chicago turned two well-placed bunts into two runs in the seventh inning to sweep another three-game series from the Pirates with a 2-0 victory yesterday.
October 7, 1992 |
When Danny Cox was made a part of the Phillies bullpen early this season, he was upset. So upset that he complained publicly and earned his release. Yet there he was, before last night's opener of the National League Championship Series, a member of the Pirates' bullpen, and as happy as could be. "Yeah," said Cox, smiling as he surveyed his bunting-draped postseason surroundings, "things worked out real well. " Obviously, life in the division-winner's bullpen is considerably more tolerable than throwing relief for the last-place Phils.
December 17, 1986 |
Cinnaminson girls basketball coach Jack Burk had little trouble naming the starters for this season's team. They are the same five players who started last season, which is why he expects the Pirates to easily improve on the 9-15 record they posted a winter ago. "We have no starters gone from last year's team, and the five girls coming back are all seniors," said Burk, who is entering his fifth season as Pirates coach. "We have the experience this year. " In the backcourt, the Pirates' veteran guards - Lorie Bird, a 5-foot-4 point guard, and Ann Pfeiffer, a 5-9 swing guard - are good shooters and dependable.
October 3, 1987 |
If it had been about 40 degrees warmer and if there had been palm trees beyond the outfield fences instead of empty seats, you could almost have sworn it was spring training. Both the Phillies' and Pirates' lineups were dotted with names familiar only to fans of triple-A baseball. The caliber of play last night was right out of a morning B game, complete with assorted errors and the "I-really- don't-care-very-much" atmosphere of the Grapefruit League. In reality, of course, it was the National League - though barely.
October 4, 1996 |
The Pittsburgh Pirates didn't look beyond their dugout to find Jim Leyland's replacement, hiring third-base coach Gene Lamont yesterday as only their third manager in 20 years. Lamont, the Chicago White Sox manager from 1992 until June 1995, was given a three-year contract worth about $1 million. Pirates general manager Cam Bonifay also got a two-year extension through the 2000 season. Lamont, 49, is Leyland's best friend in baseball and was on his staff for seven seasons, but insisted the Pirates aren't getting Jim Leyland II. "I'm not going to manage the way Jim Leyland managed.