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Pirates

Burdi ready for his second chance

By Will Graves The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — The rib is stashed away somewhere in his parents’ house in suburban Chicago, a reminder of what Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Nick Burdi needed to lose in order to find himself. The images are ingrained in the 27-year-old’s mind ...

Bell set to prove last year no fluke

By Will Graves The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — Josh Bell insists he has not arrived. Not yet, though the metric the Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star uses to judge his own progress is highly specific. Several times a year Bell will order the jersey of a high-profile opposing player and ...

Pirates noticing Stallings

By Will Graves The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — The son’s stay in town has outlasted the father’s. The irony isn’t lost on Jacob Stallings. It wasn’t necessarily supposed to be this way. Stallings was still a catching prospect — and not necessarily a young one — in the ...

Archer begins with clear mind — and less hair

BRADENTON, Fla. — Chris Archer is 2.5 pounds lighter than at the end of last season. The Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander didn’t go on a winter diet, though. Instead, Archer cut off his trademark dreadlocks. “It was time for a change,” Archer said Friday after a spring training ...

Shelton enjoys first practice in charge

By John Perrotto The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — The smile never seemed to leave Derek Shelton’s face as he walked from one practice field to another while watching the Pittsburgh Pirates’ pitchers and catchers go through their first spring training workout. Shelton was ...

Spring training NL capsules

The Associated Press A team-by-team look at the National League entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad: Atlanta Braves Manager: Brian Snitker (fifth season). 2019: 97-65, ...

Bucs eager to start with new manager, GM, president

PITTSBURGH — Derek Shelton isn’t big on meetings. Or at least, having meetings just to have meetings. The new Pittsburgh Pirates manager would prefer to see his players working out on the field rather than sitting in chairs. “It loses its luster,” Shelton said. “It’s like if you ...

Clubhouse culture an important part of Pirates’ focus

Hot Stove notes and observations leading up to Major League Baseball’s fast-approaching spring traning: n The Pittsburgh Pirates had a disastrous second half of the season on the field in 2019, and clubhouse friction between players and/or coaches played a significant role. Three ...

Bell gets $4.8 million raise on busy day for Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell’s breakout season earned him a hefty pay bump going into 2020. Bell will make $4.8 million this season after agreeing to a deal ahead of Friday’s arbitration deadline. The 27-year-old hit .277 with 37 home runs and 116 RBIs while ...

Pirates tab Rabelo as assistant hitting coach

PITTSBURGH — On Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Pirates announced that Mike Rabelo will be joining Manager Derek Shelton’s staff as the assistant hitting coach for the 2020 season. The announcement was made by General Manager, Ben Cherington. The 39-year-old Rabelo spent the 2019 season ...

Sherlock added to coaching staff

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates announced Monday that Glenn Sherlock was named a Major League coach. The announcement was made by General Manager Ben Cherington. Sherlock brings over 35 years of professional baseball experience to the Pirates, including 24 in the National League. He ...

Kelly added to staff

From Mirror reports PITTSBURGH — Don Kelly, who got his start with the Pittsburgh Pirates back in 2007, was hired on Saturday as bench coach for the 2020 season under new manager Derek Shelton. Kelly, 39, spent last season as the first-base coach for the Houston Astros, who lost to ...

Shelton optimistic about his Pirates

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Derek Shelton’s garage is clean, the byproduct of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ drawn out managerial hiring process, one that took extended after the club fired general manager Neal Huntington in late October. A 49-year-old baseball lifer ...

Pirates, C Diaz part ways

PITTSBURGH — Catcher Elias Diaz will not return to the Pittsburgh Pirates after the club declined to offer him a contract for the 2020 season Monday. The 29-year-old Diaz inherited the starting job last season while Francisco Cervelli dealt with a concussion before being released in August. ...

Pirates hire Shelton as manager

PITTSBURGH — Derek Shelton is the new manager for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The team announced the hiring on Wednesday. Shelton replaces Clint Hurdle, who was fired on the final day of the season following a second-half collapse that dropped the Pirates to a last-place finish in the NL ...

Pirates trade Agrazal to Tigers

DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers have acquired right-hander Dario Agrazal from the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash. The Tigers announced the deal Monday. The 24-year-old Agrazal made 14 starts and one relief appearance for the Pirates last season. He went 4-5 with a 4.91 ERA. The Tigers also ...

Pirates tweak roster

The Pirates added top third base prospect Ke’Bryan Hayes to their 40-man roster Wednesday, along with first baseman Will Craig, shortstop O’Neil Cruz and pitchers Blake Cederlind and Cody Ponce. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Bucs designated for assignment pitchers Dario Agrazal, ...

Ready to go to work: Pirates new GM not intimidated by finances

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Ben Cherington earned three World Series rings with the Boston Red Sox, the last as general manager of the 2013 club that raced from worst to first. The challenge that lies ahead for Cherington with the Pittsburgh Pirates will be ...

Vazquez receives additional charges

The Associated Press GREENSBURG — Suspended Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Felipe Vazquez is facing additional charges stemming from an alleged illegal sexual relationship with an underage girl. Authorities in Westmoreland County filed 21 new charges against Vazquez on Tuesday, including 10 ...

Clemente’s widow dies at age 81

Vera Clemente, the widow of Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, has died, the team announced Saturday. She was 81. Vera Clemente was considered by many in the industry to be a strong ambassador for the sport. “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Vera ...