Here are today's links from the Pirates and beyond:
-P- From Forbes To Federal compares Pittsburgh writers' Hall of Fame ballots. There are certainly things to quibble with here (Rob Biertempfel only voted for seven players, and one of them was Lee Smith), but at least the rest are mostly-full ballots of deserving players.
-P- Here's what Morgantown's new ballpark (which is set to host the Pirates' NY-Penn League affiliate starting in June) looks like half-built and covered in snow.
-P- Pat Lackey offers an excellent summary of Pirates fans' expectations heading into the 2015 season.
-P- As John Dreker points out, Baseball America lists former Pirate and Rule 5 pick Wei-Chung Wang as the Brewers' sixth-best prospect. That's in a system that isn't very good, and the Brewers arguably paid a significant price for keeping Wang on their roster as long as they did. Looking at Wang's performance in the minors this season, though, he probably would have emerged as an exciting prospect in 2014 if he'd remained in the Pirates system.
-P- John Axford, who was a Pirate for like four seconds, is attracting interest from the Blue Jays and three other teams.
-P- This made me laugh.