Posted on February 8, 2013 by David Kaleida
Also known as: Billy Beane makes a ton of trades.
Remember the Mike Morse/John Jaso three-way trade from a few weeks ago? I had a trade tree all drawn up but didn’t take the time to write anything or post it. Here’s the Athletics part of it:
Pretty sweet, huh? Fits on one page and is easily legible at a regular zoom. Plus it’s nearly symmetrical so it’s got a nice aesthetic quality too.
Apparently Billy Beane hates all of those fine qualities and only cares about trying to make his team better. What other reason could he have for including Brad Peacock in the Jed Lowrie deal, which linked it to the Dan Haren deal through Chris Carter, which linked it to basically every other trade he’s made since he became GM. (click to embiggen)
Start with 14 draft picks, make 23 trades that cycle through 47 players and you end up with 13-15 players still in the organization. My favorite part is the direct path from Mark Mulder to Dan Haren to Brett Anderson. Other teams dream of getting back an ace when they trade an ace. Billy Beane does it.
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Posted on October 8, 2012 by David Kaleida
Greetings. I’m back and will resume posting. The Pirates’ season went down in flames but there’s still a month of exciting baseball left to watch. For those of you who are interested, here’s a list of ex-Pirates who’s teams are playing in the postseason. I’ll update the stats after each round.
Braves (Lost the Wild Card game)
Eric Hinske DNP
Paul Maholm (not active for wild card game)
Lyle Overbay DNP
David Ross 3 for 4, 2 RBI, 1 R, 1 HR
Nate McLouth 1 for 4, 2 RBI, 1 R, 1 SB, SF
Rangers (Lost the Wild Card game)
My picks for this postseason:
Nats over Cards, Reds over Giants, Orioles over Yankees, A’s over Tigers
Reds over Nats, A’s over O’s
A’s over Reds
Filed under: Pirates, postseason | Tagged: Athletics, baseball, Braves, Bronson Arroyo, Cardinals, Giants, Nate McLouth, Nationals, Octavio Dotel, Orioles, postseason, Rangers, Reds, Ryan Vogelsong, Tigers, wild card game, Yankees | Leave a comment »
Posted on June 21, 2010 by David Kaleida
Did I pick a crazy weekend to go out of town or what? The Pirates extend their losing streak to 12, fire a pierogi, then win twice in a row. Pedro Alvarez gets his first hit too. To quote Han Solo, “I’m out of it for a little while and everyone gets delusions of grandeur.”A wrap up of things I missed this weekend:
The Pirates broke their twelve game losing streak by beating Cleveland Saturday and Sunday. Lastings Milledge and Andrew McCutchen had big games, but the moment that everyone was waiting for finally happened in the 5th inning when #Pedropalooza broke out a ground rule double for his first hit and RBI. After three games I was getting worried that he might reach Aramis Ramirez territory so this is great news.
The team also celebrated the 50th anniversary of their 1960 World Series win over the Yankees. Lots of giveaways and old players on hand. Really wish I could have made it to the ‘Burgh for this.
On Sunday John Russell was ejected for only the fourth time in his three two-plus years of managing the Pirates. Call him the anti-Bobby Cox.
Zach Duke has a mild elbow strain and will miss his scheduled start on Tuesday. Monday’s off day means no spot starter will be needed. Duke is expected to be fine for his next turn on Saturday, but that could change later in the week.
Up Next: Interleague play wraps up with a six game road trip to Texas and Oakland.
Filed under: baseball, Pirates | Tagged: 1960 World Series, Andrew McCutchen, Aramis Ramirez, Athletics, baseball, Bobby Cox, Han Solo, Indians, John Russell, Lastings Milledge, Pedro Alvarez, Pirates, Rangers, Yankees, Zach Duke | Leave a comment »