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The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

Pittsburgh Pirates Oneil Cruz hits a solo home run during a game against the Washington Nationals in June at Nationals Park in Washington.

Column | Pirates need to earn more strikeouts and improve hitting

By Ari Meyer, Staff Writer May 16, 2023
The Pirates boasted the best record in the National League less than a month ago. Now, after a 1-11 stretch, the team is struggling. Staff writer Ari Meyer argues the Pirates need to earn more strikeouts and improve their hitting if they hope to turn the season around.
New York Yankees Gerrit Cole pitches to a Toronto Blue Jays batter during a game in New York on April 13, 2022.

Staff Picks | MLB Playoff predictions

By The Pitt News Staff October 13, 2022
Heading into the Divisional rounds of the MLB Playoffs, The Pitt News sports desk gives some insight into who their World Series picks are and how they’ll get to the Fall Classic.
Altoona Curve coach Salvador Paniagua, left, congratulates Logan Hill on his fourth-inning home run against the Erie SeaWolves during a Double-A baseball game in Erie, Pa. on July 12, 2019.

Opinion | Minor League Baseball hits homerun for workers’ rights with new union representation

By Grant Van Robays, Staff Columnist September 29, 2022
Minor league baseball players unionizing is a historic achievement for the sport and workers’ rights.
Baseball fan Noah McMurrain stands outside of the Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida, on Monday.

Column | Regardless of lockout outcome, MLB owners and Manfred are tarnishing the game

By Richie Smiechowski, Senior Staff Writer March 2, 2022
The lack of punctuality seemed to demonstrate an absence of care and lack of eagerness from the owners to start the season on time. Also, the proposal didn’t please the players, further indicating that both sides were miles away from an agreement.
PNC Park is the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Point-Counterpoint | Is money the root of Pirates’ evils?

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer November 17, 2021
Staff writer Griffin Floyd argues that small market Major League Baseball teams like the Pittsburgh Pirates don’t need a salary cap in order to compete.
A stream of Pirates fans cross the Roberto Clemente bridge.

Point-Counterpoint | Money is the root of the Pirates’ problems

By Zack Gibney, Senior Staff Writer November 17, 2021
Senior staff writer Zack Gibney argues the Pirates’ shallow pockets put them at an insurmountable disadvantage compared to other MLB teams.
PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates selected Henry Davis with the first overall pick in the 2021 MLB Draft.

Column | Pirates selecting Henry Davis first overall sets them up for success

By Frankie Richetti, For The Pitt News July 14, 2021
Pirates General Manager Ben Cherington and the team surprised many Sunday, picking Louisville sophomore catcher Henry Davis with its first overall selection.
Rob Manfred, the MLB commissioner, and Tony Clark, the MLB Players Association executive director, met face to face in Arizona in June to discuss a potential return-to-play agreement.

Baseball’s greed is killing it from within

By Joe Mellio, Staff Writer June 24, 2020
While both sides can be blamed for their lack of good-faith negotiation and compromise, the recent dispute exposes a disturbing trend that poses a real threat to America’s pastime — the insatiable greed of MLB owners.
Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker, left, listens as team owner Jim Crane talks during a news conference before the start of spring training at Fitteam Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Thursday, Feb. 13.

The Astros found a way to make their cheating episode even worse

By Marshall Worth, Staff Writer February 18, 2020
In baseball and professional sports, integrity and fair competition matter. Jim Crane effectively scoffed at that on Thursday.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred before the New York Yankees take on the Minnesota Twins in the American League Wild Card game at Yankee Stadium in New York on Oct. 3, 2017.

MLB considering new playoff format — as it should

By Marshall Worth, Staff Writer February 12, 2020
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred's latest postseason proposal is a home run, adding the potential for increased drama, performance incentives and meaningful games.
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