Down on the Farm: Alcantara’s Resurgence Could Spark Return

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The Cubs’ new short season affiliate, the Eugene Emeralds, starts play in less than a week with a June 18th start at Everett.  There has not been a roster released for the Emeralds as of yet, but it shouldn’t be too far from coming out.  The Cubs have a lot Continue reading Down on the Farm: Alcantara’s Resurgence Could Spark Return

Down on the Farm: Javy’s Getting Closer

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Down in Arizona, the big league club is getting healthier by the day, with Olt starting to take batting practice after having the cast removed from the fracture in his forearm.  With players like Mike Baxter and Jonathan Herrera filling roles on the major league roster that they weren’t necessarily Continue reading Down on the Farm: Javy’s Getting Closer

2014 NL Central Preview: 2nd Place – Pittsburgh Pirates

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The 2013 Pirates finally broke through and made the playoffs.  After flirting with contention through July in 2011 and 2012, that next step was critical in the development of the franchise, and Clint Hurdle‘s job security.  There is no reason to think the Pirates can’t duplicate their success in 2014 Continue reading 2014 NL Central Preview: 2nd Place – Pittsburgh Pirates