If you need something to keep your mind off the work week ahead on this rainy Sunday, catch up on Pittsburgh Pirates news with some of the highlights from this week at Pirates Breakdown.


Thank you to you, our readers, whether this is your first time checking out the site or you’ve been with us from the start.  We can’t thank you enough for all of the support and interaction you bring on a daily basis, and we hope we return some of that in some way by providing quality coverage of the Pittsburgh Pirates in return.  In case you missed anything, here’s a rundown of some of the highlights from Pirates Breakdown this week.

  • Jaime Baker made her Pirates Breakdown debut, as the award-winning WTAJ Altoona reporter brought her vibrant personality and great opinions for Pirates’ fans to enjoy with a new feature Baker’s Dozen.
  • Jason Rollison began a series answering your questions concerning the Pirates before the All-Star game. Be sure to pay attention on Twitter to find out when to get your questions in for the next segment in the series.
  • Tyler Waite gave an early look at options for the Pirates to improve or replace injured players via the trade market. It’s still too early for many teams to simply give up on this season, but there are options available should the Pirates choose to pursue them.
  • Joy Frank-Collins brought back her social media roundup series after a one week hiatus. This week’s entry highlighted a suit that suits Gregory Polanco, Cervelli’s salsa, and memories only sports can create.
  • Justin Kosanko and Aaron Benedict debate whether Jung-Ho Kang is the best free agent signing in franchise history. The former Korean baseball star has surpassed even the loftiest of expectations in his limited time in the majors, but does another recent signing surpass him?
  • Sean Riley contemplated whether the Pirates lineup most frequently seen by fans passing through the turnstiles at PNC Park is the best in the Clint Hurdle era. Sure, it’s been impressive, but what do the statistics support this year’s offense?
  • Jason Rollison took an in-depth look at Starling Marte’s peculiar season that has statistical analysts scratching their heads. Marte has produced great results the first two months of the season, but will he be able to keep up production?

That’s a wrap for this week.  Be sure to come back frequently for more in-depth analysis and editorials and look for ICYMI next Sunday for anything you might miss this coming week.

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Tyler Thomas

Tyler is a secondary education teacher and basketball coach with a passion for all things Pittsburgh sports, most notably the Pirates. His passion is centered around the development of players, both in the major and minor leagues. You can follow him on Twitter at @PBDThomas.