2011 Pittsburgh Pirates season

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2011 Pittsburgh Pirates
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Robert Nutting
General manager(s) Neal Huntington
Manager(s) Clint Hurdle
Local television Root Sports Pittsburgh
Steve Blass
Greg Brown
Tim Neverett
Bob Walk
John Wehner
Local radio WPGB-FM
Steve Blass
Greg Brown
Tim Neverett
Bob Walk
John Wehner
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The 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the Pirates' 125th season as a member of Major League Baseball and 130th season overall. The season was the first with manager Clint Hurdle, who was hired to replace the fired John Russell. After going a major league worst 57–105, they enjoyed something of a resurgence, winning more than 70 games for the first time since 2004 and being covered significantly in the summer due to being involved in the pennant race, but they still locked up their 19th consecutive losing season.

Regular season[edit]

April[edit]

The Pirates won their opening game against the Cubs in Chicago 6–3.[1] Neil Walker led the offense with a grand slam in the fifth inning, becoming the only Pirate other than Roberto Clemente to hit a grand slam on opening day. Pittsburgh blew a lead the following day and lost, but scored two runs in the final inning of the series finale to finish their first series with a 2–1 record.[2] Pittsburgh defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in two of three games during their second series, marking the first time the Pirates had won the majority of games in two consecutive road series since 2007.[3] Pittsburgh came home to face the Colorado Rockies; winning one game out of four. In the second game of the series, the Pirates prevailed in a 5-hour, 10-minute game which lasted 14 innings. After an injury to starting pitcher Ross Ohlendorf, the bullpen combined for 11⅓ scoreless innings—the most for the Pirates since 1900.[4]

Tazer incident[edit]

During the April 9 game in Pittsburgh, a local man was arrested in the left-field seating section. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the man "appeared to be drunk, bothered fans in his section and belligerently refused to cooperate" when he would not leave at the game at the request of PNC Park employees and police.[5] While being escorted from the section the man struck a ballpark employee, which was met with officers putting him under arrest after "Tasering him to little effect before clubbing him in the neck, head, side and legs."[5] The entire incident was captured on video.[6] He was charged with public drunkenness, resisting arrest, and two additional misdemeanors.[5] In a related incident, a woman was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, disorderly conduct, and defiant trespassing. After yelling at the officers making the initial arrest, she then "resisted an officer's attempts to remove her from the park" while yelling obscenities.[7]

May[edit]

In May, the Pirates compiled a 13–13 (.500) record, and finished the month at 25–28 for the season.

June[edit]

On June 24, 2011, the Pirates defeated the Boston Red Sox, 3–1, to improve their record to 38–37. This is the latest in the season that the Pirates have been above .500 since 1999.

On June 28, 2011, the Pirates defeated the Blue Jays 7–6 at the Rogers Centre, to mark their first inter-league road victory in two years.

July[edit]

On July 8, the Pirates defeated the Chicago Cubs to enter the All-Star break above the .500 mark for the first time since 1992. The Pirates also sent three players to the All-Star Game with the selections of Kevin Correia, Joel Hanrahan and Andrew McCutchen. This marked the first time since 1990 that the team had three All-Stars in the National League line-up.[8] While Correia did not enter the game, along with Tim Lincecum, McCutchen entered the game in the seventh inning, batting in the eighth. Hanrahan was called to close in the top of the ninth, striking out the first batter, however an untimely error from Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro and a single led to two men in scoring position. Brian Wilson got the save.

On July 15, and again on July 18, the Pirates moved into first place of the NL Central. This marked the first two times that the Pirates were in first place this late in the season since 1997.[9]

July 25 saw the Pirates return to the national stage with their game at Atlanta being televised on ESPN. This is the first time the Pirates have been on ESPN since September 22, 2004.[10] The Pirates went on to win the game 3 to 1, moving them again into a first place tie in the NL Central.

The next night, the Pirates fell victim to a controversial call in a 4–3 loss to the Braves after 19 innings. Braves infielder Julio Lugo was ruled safe at home plate by home plate umpire Jerry Meals even though replay clearly showed Lugo should have been called out. Meals and the league both admitted the call was incorrect. The team has filed a complaint with the commissioner's office.[11]

Game log[edit]

Legend
Pirates Win Pirates Loss Game Postponed
2011 Game log (72–90)

Divisional standings[edit]

NL Central
W L Pct. GB Home Road
Milwaukee Brewers 96 66 .593 57–24 39–42
St. Louis Cardinals 90 72 .556 6 45–36 45–36
Cincinnati Reds 79 83 .488 17 42–39 37–44
Pittsburgh Pirates 72 90 .444 24 36–45 36–45
Chicago Cubs 71 91 .438 25 39–42 32–49
Houston Astros 56 106 .346 40 31–50 25–56


Record vs. opponents[edit]

Team ARI ATL CHC CIN COL FLA HOU LAD MIL NYM PHI PIT SDP SFO STL WAS AL
Arizona 2–3 3–4 4–2 13–5 5–2 6–1 10–8 4–3 3–3 3–3 3–3 11–7 9–9 3–4 5–3 10–8
Atlanta 3–2 4–3 3–3 6–2 12–6 5–1 2–5 5–3 9–9 6–12 4–2 4–5 6–1 1–5 9–9 10–5
Chicago 4–3 3–4 7–11 2–4 3–3 8–7 3–3 6–10 4–2 2–5 8–8 3–3 5–4 5–10 3–4 5–10
Cincinnati 2–4 3–3 11–7 3–4 3–3 9–6 4–2 8–8 2–5 1–7 5–10 4–2 5–2 9–6 4–2 6–12
Colorado 5–13 2–6 4–2 4–3 3–3 5–2 9–9 3–6 5–2 1–4 4–3 9–9 5–13 2–4 4–3 8–7
Florida 2–5 6–12 3–3 3–3 3–3 6–1 3–3 0–7 9–9 6–12 6–0 0–7 4–2 2–6 11–7 8–10
Houston 1–6 1–5 7–8 6–9 2–5 1–6 4–5 3–12 3–3 2–4 7–11 3–5 4–3 5–10 3–3 4–11
Los Angeles 8–10 5–2 3–3 2–4 9–9 3–3 5–4 2–4 2–5 1–5 6–2 13–5 9–9 4–3 4–2 6–9
Milwaukee 3–4 3–5 10–6 8–8 6–3 7–0 12–3 4–2 4–2 3–4 12–3 3–2 3–3 9–9 3–3 6–9
New York 3–3 9–9 2–4 5–2 2–5 9–9 3–3 5–2 2–4 7–11 4–4 4–3 2–4 3–3 8–10 9–9
Philadelphia 3–3 12–6 5–2 7–1 4–1 12–6 4–2 5–1 4–3 11–7 4–2 7–1 4–3 3–6 8–10 9–6
Pittsburgh 3–3 2–4 8–8 10–5 3–4 0–6 11–7 2–6 3–12 4–4 2–4 2–4 3–3 7–9 4–4 8–7
San Diego 7–11 5–4 3–3 2–4 9–9 7–0 5–3 5–13 2–3 3–4 1–7 4–2 6–12 3–3 3–4 6–9
San Francisco 9–9 1–6 4–5 2–5 13–5 2–4 3–4 9–9 3–3 4–2 3–4 3–3 12–6 5–2 3–4 10–5
St. Louis 4–3 5–1 10–5 6–9 4–2 6–2 10–5 3–4 9–9 3–3 6–3 9–7 3–3 2–5 2–4 8–7
Washington 3–5 9–9 4–3 2–4 3–4 7–11 3–3 2–4 3–3 10–8 10–8 4–4 4–3 4–3 4–2 8–7


Roster[edit]

2011 Pittsburgh Pirates
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

Opening day lineup[edit]

Notable achievements[edit]

Awards[edit]

2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

NL Player of the Week

Major League Baseball Delivery Man Award

Milestones[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Pre-Season[edit]

  • On November 3, 2010 the Pittsburgh Pirates re-signed Wil Ledezma to a 1-year contract.[12]
  • On November 15, 2010 the Pittsburgh Pirates hired Clint Hurdle as Manager.[14]
  • On November 22, 2010 the Pittsburgh Pirates lost free agent Dana Eveland to the Los Angeles Dodgers.[16]
  • On December 3, 2010 the Pittsburgh Pirates re-signed Jeff Karstens to a 1-year contract and Ronny Cedeño to a 1-year contract with an option for 2012.[19]
  • On December 7, 2010 the Pittsburgh Pirates signed free agents Kevin Correia to a 2-year contract[20] and Scott Olsen to a 1-year contract with an option for 2012.[21]
  • On December 8, 2010 the Pittsburgh Pirates signed free agent Matt Diaz to a 2-year contract.[22]
  • On December 14, 2010 the Pittsburgh Pirates signed free agent Lyle Overbay to a 1-year contract.[23]
  • On January 18, 2011 the Pittsburgh Pirates re-signed Joel Hanrahan to a 1-year contract.[28]
  • On February 9, 2011 the Pittsburgh Pirates re-signed Ross Ohlendorf to a 1-year/$2.025 million contract.[29]

In-Season[edit]

  • On July 21, 2011 the Pittsburgh Pirates signed free agent Jason Grilli to a 1-year contract.[40]
  • On August 18, 2011 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded a player to be named later or cash considerations to the Texas Rangers in exchange for Tim Wood.[43]
  • On August 21, 2011 the Pittsburgh Pirates re-signed José Tábata to a 6-year contract extension through 2016 with options for 2017–19.[44]
  • On August 31, 2011 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded Matt Diaz and cash considerations to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for a player to be named later (Eliecer Cardenas; converted on September 20, 2011).[45]
  • On September 11, 2011 the Pittsburgh Pirates re-signed Neal Huntington as senior VP and GM to a 3-year contract extension through 2014.[46]
  • On September 16, 2011 the Pittsburgh Pirates promoted Greg Smith to assistant GM, Joe Dellicarri to director of amateur scouting, Kevan Graves to director of baseball operations, Kyle Stark to assistant GM, Larry Broadway to director of minor league operations and Tyrone Brooks to director of player personnel.[48]
  • On October 24, 2011 the Pittsburgh Pirates hired Ben Potenziano as assistant trainer and Brendon Huttman as strength and conditioning coach.[49]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Indianapolis Indians International League Dean Treanor
AA Altoona Curve Eastern League P. J. Forbes
A Bradenton Marauders Florida State League Carlos García
A West Virginia Power South Atlantic League Gary Robinson
Short-Season A State College Spikes New York–Penn League Dave Turgeon
Rookie GCL Pirates Gulf Coast League Tom Prince
Rookie DSL Pirates Dominican Summer League Ramon Zapata
Rookie VSL Pirates Venezuelan Summer League Osmin Melendez

References[edit]

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