July 4, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen (22) prepares to bat in the on-deck circle against the Houston Astros during the first inning at PNC Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates won 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
In this All-Star break edition, David and I give out mid-year grades to the Pirates' players.
UPDATE from David: Progamming Note: I will have Jim Callis, Executive Editor of Baseball America, with me on The Joe Bendel Show today on 970 ESPN in Pittsburgh. He'll be on at 4:15 and we will re-air at 6:30. Talking Futures Game, Pirates top prospects, trade ideas, the draft and whether Mark Appel, the Bucs' first round pick, will sign by Friday.
UPDATE 2: If you missed the airing of the Callis interview, here is a link to the podcast.
Opening music: Meeting Of Important People