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MLB issues 4 suspensions after Brewers-Pirates brawl

MLB issues 4 suspensions after Brewers-Pirates brawl

Tuesday the MLB announced that 4 players – 2 Brewers and 2 Pirates – will receive suspensions for their involvement in the benches clearing brawl at PNC Park on Easter Sunday.

Martin Maldonado, the Brewers backup catcher, will be forced to sit out 5 games after he punched Pirates outfielder Travis Snider in the face. Snider will serve a 2 game suspension for his involvement in the scrum which began between Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomes and Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole in the top of the 3rd inning. Gomes received a 3 game suspension.

Pirates catcher, Russell Martin, will be required to sit out 1 game for helping Snider tackle Gomez to the ground.

In addition, all 4 players must pay a fine but the amounts have not been released. The suspensions are in effect starting Tuesday night unless the players decide to appeal.

The Pirates and Brewers meet again on May 13 for a three-game series in Milwaukee.


Pirates trade for Mets 1st Baseman Ike Davis

Pirates trade for Mets 1st Baseman Ike Davis

Get all of the details from Rob Biertempfel, a Pirates reporter for Trib Total Media —>

Pirates extend Huntington and Hurdle’s contracts

Pirates extend Huntington and Hurdle’s contracts

Pirates announced that general manager Neal Huntington and manager Clint Hurdle both agreed to three-year contract extensions with option for the 2018 season.

Hurdle, 56, is now in his fourth season as Pirates manager. He won the Manager of the Year award in 2013.

Huntington, 45, has been Pirates general manager since the end of the 2007 season. If Huntington serves out the contract, he will have served 11 years as the club’s GM. In team history, only Joe L. Brown (1956-76) has had a longer GM tenure.

“I hope to be here a lot longer,” Huntington said. “I love the people I work with, this organization. You can’t get a better ballpark, and the fan base has turned its negative passion into positive passion.”

Quotes from Pirates owner Bob Nutting, 2013 MVP & Center Fielder Andrew McCutchen, and 2nd Basemen Neil Walker:

“They bring very different skill sets to the table,” Nutting said, “but have mutual respect for each other. I really believe that a cohesive, stable team is always in the best interest of the Pittsburgh Pirates. I love both of these guys.

“They started building this thing a little while ago,” said Pittsburgh native Neil Walker, “so it’s rightful that they get the opportunity to continue it.”

“It’s definitely good not to have to worry about him being here,” Andrew McCutchen said of his Hurdle. “We know he’s not gonna go anywhere for a while. It’s good to know we don’t have to think about the future. It’s huge for us, to know the skipper will be here in a Pirates uniform.”

Junior Lake wears the wrong jersey

Junior Lake wears the wrong jersey

After a 5 hour and 55 minute game that ended at 1:00AM, you can’t blame Junior Lake for being a little sleepy for their 12:35PM start later that day. At least his teammates were awake enough to put on the correct uniform and beat the Pirates 3-2 for their first win of the 2014 Season.

McCutchen Leading by Example

McCutchen Leading by Example

“When your best player is also your hardest worker it challenges everyone.”
–Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle on Andrew McCutchen

Check out more quotes from the 2014 Pirates Appreciation Dinner Banquet that took place on Tuesday at the Bradenton Area Convention Center by clicking on the link below–

Pirates and Marte Agree to Contract Extension

Pirates and Marte Agree to Contract Extension

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Outfielder Starling Marte have agreed to a 6-year, $31 million contract extension.

This contract extension makes Marte the 3rd Pirates outfielder to sign a 6-year contract in recent years –McCutchen ($51.5 million) and Jose Tabata ($15.5 million). There has been mention of the Pirates trying to shop Tabata with top prospect Gregory Polanco preparing to make his big league debut at some point this season.

Brewers exercise 2015 option for manager Ron Roenicke

Brewers exercise 2015 option for manager Ron Roenicke

The Brewers announced that they have exercised their 2015 club option for manager Ron Roenicke. The club also added an option for 2016 to his contract.

“In picking up the option for 2015, it shows our confidence in having Ron lead this team on the field,” said GM Doug Melvin in a statement. “Last season was a difficult one, and Ron provided critical leadership with confidence and assurance that the Brewers can get back to the postseason.”

Roenicke, 57, took over as manager of the Brewers prior to the 2011 season. They won a franchise record 96 games that year, earning him a second place finish in the Manager of the Year voting. Milwaukee has gone 253-233 (.521) in three years under Roenicke.

Hank the Brewers Team Dog

Hank the Brewers Team Dog

From stray dog to honorary team member, Hank will make his way to his new home in Milwaukee on Sunday. Read more:

Pirates claimed 3rd baseman Brent Morel off waivers

The Pittsburgh Pirates claimed third baseman Brent Morel off waivers yesterday, February 24, from the Toronto Blue Jays. This is the second time this off-season that Morel has been claimed off waivers. In December, the Toronto Blue Jays claimed him from the Chicago White Sox.

Check out what Brent Morel had to say on Twitter yesterday:

Brent Morel@Bmorel_22

Being a diehard Steeler fan, always wanted to play for the city of Pittsburgh.. Now I might just get that chance. Go Pirates #blackandyellow

Brent Morel@Bmorel_22

Can’t believe I have a chance to call this place home. So excited to be with the Pirates organization…