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Falbo is a 2012 graduate of Pensacola Christian College, where he earned his BA in History. A displaced Pittsburgher living in Ohio, he wanted a daily opportunity to discuss Pirates baseball, so he started @BuccoSharkTank on Twitter early in the 2013 season. It took off better than expected, and Falbo now has over 7,900followers. Followers include actual members from the Pirates Shark Tank such as 2013 NL All-Star Mark Melancon, Hall of Fame Baseball Journalist Peter Gammons, as well as Pirates top pitching prospect Nick Kingham, Pirates 2B Neil Walker, and several minor league players. Jim is an avid baseball card and autograph collector, concentrating on Pittsburgh Pirates collectibles. His favorite items include a signed Neil Walker game used bat and a signed Andrew McCutchen game used bat.

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The Buzz on Baseball: Pirates Trade David Price The Pirates record currently sits at 35-37, 8 games out of first place and 3.5 games out of a Wild Card spot. So while the 2014 season has been a disappointing one for the Pirates, as I wrote a few weeks ago (More...)

The Pirates have played disappointing baseball as a whole so far in 2014. The rotation has been subpar, and there have been several black holes in the lineup. Currently the Pirates are 26-30, 7.5 games out of 1st place and 3.0 games (and 8 teams) behind t (More...)

Is Cutch Clutch? Baseball is a game of failure, Ty Cobb owns the highest career batting average in MLB history, yet failed to hit safely in 63.4 % of his at bats. Ted Williams owns the highest career OBP, yet failed to get on base in 51.8 % of his plate a (More...)

Pittsburgh Pirates Acquire 1B Ike Davis Moments before yesterday’s first pitch the Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Mets completed a trade the sent 1B Ike Davis to the Pirates for minor league right-handed reliever Zack Thornton and a player to be na (More...)

“Small sample size” has become part of the sports fan’s lexicon. It’s used to explain the statistical aberrations that occur over a short period of time. A fictional example would be this exchange: Yinzer Joe- “Clint Barmes i (More...)

Indianapolis Indians News and Notes: Polanco, Taillon, Cumpton, Lambo The Indianapolis Indians swept the Columbus Clippers this weekend in Columbus. This was my first opportunity to have the pleasure of watching Gregory Polanco play a series. Polanco cert (More...)

Indianapolis Indians Win Opener in 10 innings, 2-1 Casey Sadler pitched 6 strong innings and third baseman Brent Morel drove in Matt Hague in the top of the 10th inning to defeat the Columbus Clippers 2-1. Hague led off the 10th with a bloop double, Brent (More...)

The free agent signing of RHP Edinson Volquez has caused much anguish in the minds of Pirates fans. In 2013 he led the NL in ER (108) and posted the highest ERA (5.71) of all of the 81 SP’s who qualified for the MLB ERA title. The $5 million question is (More...)

Pirates sign Starling Marte to a 6yr/$31mil contract The Pirates and Starling Marte have agreed to a 6yr/31mil contract extension, pending a physical. Marte’s deal covers all of his five pre-arbitration and arbitration years. In addition, it covers (More...)

The Pirates have acquired SP Vance Worley from the Twins for cash considerations. Worley, 26, has had MLB success with the Phillies, and pitched 2 games for them in the 2011 NLDS. He was hit hard last year postings 7.21 ERA in 48.2 innings for the Twins, (More...)

~Pirates backup catcher Chris Stewart had minor knee surgery and will be out 6-8 weeks, Tony Sanchez will open the season as the Pirates backup catcher, with Omir Santos and Nevin Ashley serving as depth in AAA. ~Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano (More...)

Report: Pirates willing to move Tabata, Mazzaro, and Snider Today Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reported that the Pirates were willing to listen to trade offers for Jose Tabata, Travis Snider, and Vin Mazzaro. Tabata is still young at 2 (More...)

Mark Melancon was undeniably the Pirates best relief pitcher in 2013. The All-Star posted an incredible overall season stat line, and filled in admirably as the closer when Jason Grilli went down with an injury. Melancon’s 2013 season totals But he (More...)

Pittsburgh Pirates Videos of Taillon, Grilli, And Alen Hanson   Pirates top pitching prospect warms up before his appearance on Friday: Closer Jason Grilli warms up before his 1st spring appearance of 2014. Alen Hanson doubles off of Kevin Correia.

Videos of Gerrit Cole Pitching Against Twins In Friday’s “B” game against the Twins, Gerrit Cole gave up two runs and struck out four in three innings. Cole allowed a opposite field 2-run HR to left handed batter Jermaine Mitchell on a f (More...)

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Videos and Notes from Wednesday at Pirate City On Wednesday I was able to converse with several of the Pirates minor league players. Here is brief recap of the more interesting information I was able to gather. ~As I noted earlier, 2013 # 9 overall pick A (More...)

Austin Meadows Injury Update Pirates 2014 1st Round Draft Pick Austin Meadows told me that he has sustained a mild left hamstring injury. He is taking it easy, and has been spending most of the minor league practices working out indoors. He’s thankf (More...)

What Happens During Minor League Practice at Pirate City? Located in Bradenton, Florida, Pirate City is the training complex for the Pittsburgh Pirates. It’s here where the Pirates prepare for their Grapefruit League season. Once the big club is don (More...)

2014 Pittsburgh Pirates Preview: Outfield Article By: Jim Falbo | @BuccoSharkTank For my first series of articles I will do a brief position by position analysis of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Barring trade or injury, the 2014 Pirates will carry the same four (More...)

2014 Pittsburgh Pirates Preview: 2B,3B,SS - The Pirates will open 2014 with the same infield as they finished with in 2013

2014 Pittsburgh Pirates Preview: First Base Article By: Jim Falbo | @BuccoSharkTank For my first series of articles I will do a brief position by position analysis of the Pittsburgh Pirates. First Base: The most frequently discussed topic among Pirates fa (More...)

2014 Pittsburgh Pirates Preview: Catchers Article By: Jim Falbo | @BuccoSharkTank For my first series of articles I will do a brief position by position analysis of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Catchers: The Pirates already have their catching plan in place fo (More...)

2014 Pittsburgh Pirates Team Preview: Bullpen Article By: Jim Falbo | @BuccoSharkTank For my first series of articles I will do a brief position by position analysis of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bullpen “The Shark Tank” One of the biggest contri (More...)

2014 Pittsburgh Pirates Team Preview: Starting Rotation Article By: Jim Falbo | @BuccoSharkTank   For my first series of articles I will do a brief position by position analysis of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Starting Pitchers: Francisco Liriano was name (More...)

Buzzntheburgh hires Jim Falbo as Pirates beat writer By: BuzzNtheburgh.com Jim Falbo has been hired by Buzzntheburgh.com to cover the Pittsburgh Pirates on a daily basis starting March 1st. Falbo will be providing the website with coverage live from Sprin (More...)