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Clarity replaces Obscurity: Mark Redman’s Contract 6-29-05  View Printable Version 

By Stephen Zielinski

Everybody has wondered about Mark. Now we know.


Dejan Kovacevic has provided us with the final word on this vexing problem. You can find it in the Pirates Notebook for June 29, 2005:

Some recent observations IV 6-1-05  View Printable Version 

By Stephen Zielinski

Every so often I’ll write a few pertinent — or useless — comments for the Front Page. It keeps me out of trouble. The fourth installment:


Let’s drive for 75 in 2005

In his June 2, 2005 ‘Q & A,’ Dejan Kovacevic opined:

As for [trading] Redman, forget it. He is going nowhere. He has another year on his contract at the same salary as his current $4.5 million, and the Pirates are eager to keep him. They view him as a bargain.

And: If the Pirates were to make a trade, then

Egad 5-23-05  View Printable Version 

By Stephen Zielinski

I’ll begin with a bit of hopeful news from the Federales. Paul Meyer reported:

Littlefield indicated yesterday the Pirates have a pool of "four or five" players they're concentrating on as possible first-round picks in the amateur draft June 7. "And we have a couple [others] on the wish list," he said.

One of the players in the "four or five" group is believed to be left-handed pitcher Ricky Romero from top-ranked California-Fullerton.

Romero, a junior, is 11-4 with a 2.57 earned run average this year and has 120 strikeouts in 112 innings.

Some recent observations III 5-16-05  View Printable Version 

By Stephen Zielinski

Every so often I’ll write a few pertinent — or useless — comments for the Front Page. It keeps me out of trouble. This is the third of the series:


Littlefield sets us straight — sorta...

We recently had the opportunity to read a few incoherent musings originating on Federal Street:

“It’s not a situation where we’re going to just deal for prospects year after year,” Pirates general manager Dave Littlefield says. “We want to win some more games. Yet, at this point, it hasn’t been proven to me that we’ve got a championship club. We’re walking that tightrope.

Why I found it difficult to write about the Pirates 4-29-05  View Printable Version 

By Stephen Zielinski

As I faced the task of writing another article on the 2005 Pirates, I quickly realized I couldn’t identify a topic to address! My failure in this respect makes it tricky to write an article, doesn’t it? I even found it difficult to write a ‘recent observations’ piece since little of significance occurred during the past week. ‘What to do? What to do?’ I asked myself. The answer then came to me: Why not write an article about lacking something worthwhile to write about! How very appropriate for this year’s Pirates team!

Some recent observations 4-11-05  View Printable Version 

By Stephen Zielinski

Every so often I’ll write a few pertinent — or useless — comments for the Front Page. It keeps me out of trouble. The first installment:


My expectations for the season were low

Yet, the play of the team so far has made me look like a bug-eyed, knuckle-dragging optimist. To be sure, Perez and Wells will improve as will the hitting. They have the talent. So do some of the position players. Still, it’s not as though we can expect Fogg, Redman and Williams to pitch like Cy Young candidates for the whole season, as they did during their first start. Even with their great work, the Pirates still are 2-5! And, the hitting won’t improve that much that we should reasonably expect this team to win more than 75 games this season. To get to this mark of excellence, the Pirates will need to win about .471 rate for the rest of the year. McClendon’s crew are already in the hole.

On Ripping Players 4-1-05  View Printable Version 

By Stephen Zielinski

This will be a short essay which takes player bashing and a few related issues as its topics. I wrote it, I must admit, because I find puzzling the frequency of and the intensity which some display when tearing into ball players. ‘Why bother?’ is a question I occasionally ask myself when I read someone’s harangue. That is, why trouble oneself with the game if… Yet, many do trouble themselves!