JUNG HO KANG'S ADVERSITY
“I love to compete. I’m glad that the Pirates gave me another chance,” Kang said through an interpreter. “I’m focused on becoming the best person and baseball player that I can be. I want to win in Pittsburgh.”
POLANCO'S REHABILITATION PROGRESS

“The amount of work Gregory Polanco has put forth so far this offseason is awesome. He’s come in in the best shape of his life,” Tomczyk said. “He’s the strongest he’s ever been as a Pirate. Everything is trending very upward right now. We are cautiously optimistic.”
BEING THRIFY IS THE NAME OF THE GAME
In each of the past 19 seasons, the Pirates have finished the year as a bottom-10 payroll team, with 11 appearances in the bottom five. Credit ownership for green-lighting all those productive extensions, and for spending money aggressively on the draft before the rules changed. But the best and most successful teams can and do adjust on the fly when circumstances call for it.
RETIREMENT OF A LEGEND

"Sixty seasons with the Pirates, one organization in one city, I am so very proud of that. It ranks right up there with anything I have ever done on the baseball field," Blass said in a statement. "It has been a wonderful run."
HISTORY BREAKING CONTRACTS
Major League Baseball players have started 2019 with a bang, signing some of the largest contracts in the history of professional sports. Mike Trout is the latest big leaguer to strike it rich, signing a 12-year extension worth more than $430 million on March 19. The deals signed by Trout, Nolan Arenado, Manny Machado and Bryce Harper are leaps and bounds above the top contracts in other sports, showing that the national pastime is alive and well.
THERE IS HOPE

With what should be a top-flight pitching staff, and an offense capable of scoring just enough, the Pittsburgh Pirates enter 2019 as one of the league’s most underrated teams. Couple all that with one of the game’s savviest managers in Clint Hurdle, and you have all the ingredients needed for the Bucs to make some noise in a crowded NL Central race.
DAVE BAKER'S TAKE ON THE 2019 SEASON:

Our team is going to make a great run at the title this year. They have most of the ‘people’ to make that happen. But this is the lowest payroll in all of the majors. Several of our players will be national standouts this year. And they’re going to do it at a fraction of wage others are making . But most every player will put their heart into every practice, play and game. Are they going to win the Series? There’s 162 games ahead of them. I plan to enjoy the ride and cheer them on and value the fact that we’re one of the lucky ones – we’re in Pittsburgh! Why? Here’s why …..