All Arbitration Eligibles Officially Signed

The salary arbitration hearings for Major League Baseball last from February 4th to February 20th, but the Pirates will not have to worry about that this year.

The club entered the offseason with eight arbitration eligible players. However, each of those players have had their salaries determined for the 2013 season. Here’s a look…

Joel Hanrahan

Hanrahan was dealt to the Boston Red Sox at the end of December. Hammer and the Sox avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $7.04 million deal, which would have been a steep price for the Pirates to pay for a closer. Jason Grilli will receive $6.75 million over two seasons.

Chris Resop

Another Bucco reliever with a few seasons under his belt, Resop was traded to Oakland for a minor leaguer. He signed a one-year contract worth $1.35 million. For a guy every fan seemed to hate, Resop wasn’t awful; the Pirates do, however, have plenty of other capable pitchers that can fill his spot.

Charlie Morton

The Pirates re-signed Morton for $2 million. Due to Tommy John surgery, Morton and his “electric stuff” will be sidelined until midseason.

Jeff Karstens

Although Karstens seemed to be all but gone, the Bucs re-signed him for $2.5 million. Frequent injuries and the signing of Francisco Liriano did not deter the club from bringing this man of many faces back to Pittsburgh.

Gaby Sanchez

Sanchez, acquired at the deadline last season, looks to regain his pre-2012 form. He will earn $1.75 million this season.

Garrett Jones

After a big year in which he crushed 27 home runs, Jones will see his salary double to $4.5 million.

Neil Walker

One of the final salaries to be settled, the Pirates met Walker halfway and agreed to a $3.3 million deal. It’ll be interesting to see how The Pittsburgh Kid returns from injuries, and whether or not management seeks a long-term contract with him.

James McDonald

The team also met James McDonald at the halfway point. They offered $2.65 million, whereas J-Mac filed at $3.4 mil. The two sides ultimately settled at $3.025. McDonald has a lot to prove in 2013, after a roller coaster season last year.

Here’s where the Pirates currently stand financially:

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Landing Spots for Former Pirates

With spring training set to begin in just a few short weeks, a great number of professional ballplayers have found new homes for 2013. Starting with players from the 2012 team, here are the new locations for some former Buccos…

Here are a bunch of Pirates from a few years back…

Finally, a couple old Buccos are going elsewhere in the world…

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Throwback Thursday: Giles Climbs the Wall

Each Thursday from now until the start of the season, we will post a “throwback” video from the pirates.com archives.

Brian Giles made one of the best plays in PNC Park history on June 21st, 2003. Brandon Phillips, back when he played for Cleveland, crushed a Joe Beimel offering deep down the line in left in the top of the eighth inning. Giles traveled a long distance before leaping up to make an unforgettable catch. Check it out:

It was a dramatic game, as the Bucs went on to win, 7-6, in front of 36,856 at PNC. Abraham Nunez scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 15th inning.

60 days until Opening Day.

Go Bucs

2013 Postgame Concert Bands

A few days ago, we previewed the Free Shirt Friday designs for 2013. Now, we’ll take a look at the four bands slated to perform after Pirates games this season.

Postgame concerts have become increasingly popular over the years at PNC Park, although it is difficult for them to attract top performers. There are clearly some ticket holders who attend the ballgame strictly for the musical performance (“The Concert Crowd”). These people aren’t too hard to locate, as they rarely wear Bucco gear, barely watch the game, and love to start the wave. There are some fans, however, who enjoy the product on the field both during and after the game. With that, here’s the lineup for this summer’s concerts…

Kool & the Gang

The first concert of the season features Kool & the Gang on June 1st. From Pirates.com:

[quote_center]Legendary R&B artists Kool & the Gang will perform after the Pirates battle the Cincinnati Reds as part of the annual Heritage Celebration weekend. The band that needs no introduction has sold over 70 million albums and produced 11 Top 10 hits including “Celebration,” “Joanna,” “Cherish,” “Ladies Night,”, “Too Hot” and “Get Down on it.”[/quote_center]

Last year’s band for the Heritage Celebration was Boyz II Men. Note that the start time for this game is 7:15, as opposed to the typical 7:05 first pitch. Here’s Celebration:

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Blues Traveler

The next concert, Blues Traveler, is just two weeks later on June 15th. From Pirates.com:

[quote_center]Blues Traveler will perform after the Pirates take on the LA Dodgers. The popular band has sold more than 13 million combined units worldwide and in June, 2012 released their new album, “Suzie Cracks the Whip.” In the band’s more than 25 years on the music scene, their hits include “Hook,” “But Anyway” and “Run-Around,” which climbed as high as number eight on the Billboard Hot 100.[/quote_center]

Here’s Run-Around:

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Third Eye Blind

Bucco fans will have to wait a little longer for the next act, as Third Eye Blind comes to PNC on the last day of August. From Pirates.com:

[quote_center]The rock band Third Eye Blind will perform live after the Pirates battle the St. Louis Cardinals. The highly acclaimed band has sold over 10 million albums worldwide and is best known for the hit songs “Semi-Charmed Life,” “Jumper,” and “How’s it Going to Be.”[/quote_center]

Here’s Semi-Charmed Life:

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Neon Trees

The fourth and final postgame concert comes after the last Saturday home game of the year, as Neon Trees will perform. From Pirates.com:

[quote_center]The rock band Neon Trees will perform live after the Pirates battle the Cincinnati Reds. The popular band broke onto the national music scene in 2008 and has achieved Platinum status for their hits “Animal” and “Everybody Talks.”[/quote_center]

Here’s Everybody Talks:

Last year’s concert lineup featured Boyz II Men, Daughtry, Styx, and Lifehouse. The bands this year aren’t too bad. Just as the Pirates.com description said, Kool & the Gang doesn’t really need an introduction. We don’t know much about Blues Traveler or Neon Trees, but Run-Around and Everybody Talks are recognizable. Third Eye Blind definitely has a few notable, popular songs.

It should also be noted that the Third Eye Blind and Neon Trees concerts will also feature the Skyblast fireworks shows.

All four postgame concerts are on Saturday nights, and should be well attended. Guarantee a seat and buy tickets HERE.

Go Bucs

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Five Spring Training Games to Air on ROOT Sports

Some good news here:

[quote_box author=”” profession=””]ROOT SPORTS™, the exclusive rights holder of Pittsburgh Pirates regional baseball game telecasts, announced today it will broadcast in high definition five Pittsburgh Pirates spring training games prior to the start of the 2013 Major League Baseball regular season.[/quote_box]

To ease the pain of the remaining offseason, a total of five spring training contests will be shown on ROOT Sports.

The games that will be televised are as follows:

Friday, March 1 at Boston 7:00PM
Friday, March 8 vs Baltimore 7:00PM
Saturday, March 9 vs Minnesota  1:00PM
Saturday, March 23  at Boston 1:30PM
Sunday, March 24 vs Baltimore 1:00PM

 

 

 

This is a step up from four games they showed last year. Plus, one of the 2012 games was a Wednesday afternoon game.

This year, however, will consist of weekend ballgames. Two Fridays are included, but they are night games. In addition, ROOT will show two Saturdays and a Sunday, all in the afternoon.

ROOT’s broadcasts will be the real deal, as they’ll also feature pregame and postgame shows. Other coverage, such as Inside Pirates Baseball and Pirates Playback, will be televised in March as well. This will definitely help the offseason seem a little shorter.

More info can be found HERE.

61 days until Opening Day.

Go Bucs

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