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Take 5: Fultz, Futility, Finance

Take 5: Fultz, Futility, Finance

By The Pitt News staff

October 10, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The Pitt News staff takes a look at each of America's three ongoing professional sports, from Markelle Fultz' improvement to the Bengals' false hopes.

Pirates end season with impressive record

Pirates end season with impressive record

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

October 4, 2018


Filed under Baseball, Sports, Top Stories

The Pittsburgh Pirates finished off their season with a 82-79 record. Considering the team played without Andrew McCutcheon and Gerrit Cole, this record was quite good. From winning their first game of the season, the team started off fresh and continued that streak, despite the struggles with fan attendance.

Take 5: Preseason, playoff, Jared Goff

Take 5: Preseason, playoff, Jared Goff

By The Pitt News Staff

October 3, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Video, Visual

We’re at a crucial crossroads of America’s three major sports, with the NFL entering midseason form while the MLB playoffs and NBA preseason get underway. The Pitt News staff leaves none of these stones unturned as we take a look at storylines from the past week.

Take 5: Cy Young, NFL youth

Take 5: Cy Young, NFL youth

By The Pitt News Staff

September 12, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

From the first week of NFL action to the dog days of professional baseball, The Pitt News staff gives its takes on five hot topics in the world of sports.

Mike Bell named new Pitt baseball head coach

Mike Bell named new Pitt baseball head coach

By Hannah Schneider, Sports Editor

July 14, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

Former associate head coach at Florida State Mike Bell will take over as head coach of Pitt Baseball.

Oregon State wins College World Series

Oregon State wins College World Series

By Michael Nitti | Staff Writer

July 11, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Billy Buckner is a name that lives in infamy throughout the baseball world. Remembered for letting a ground ball pass right between his legs during the 1986 World Series, he cost the Boston Red Sox what would have been their first World Series Championship in 68 years. Instead, the New York Mets took...

5 Panthers drafted to MLB

5 Panthers drafted to MLB

By Michael Nitti | Staff Writer

June 20, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After finishing the regular season as the 12th seed in the ACC Tournament, the Pitt men’s baseball team pulled off two incredible upsets against eighth-seeded Georgia Tech and top overall seed North Carolina. Although the Panthers would go on to lose in the semifinal to Louisville, it was a strong ...

2 Panthers drafted into MLB

2 Panthers drafted into MLB

By Joanna Li | Senior Staff Writer

June 7, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

Two Panthers were selected into the MLB on the second day of the 2018 draft, marking the sixth year in a row that Pitt has had at least one player picked to join the league. RJ Freure The Houston Astros drafted Pitt rising junior relief pitcher RJ Freure in the sixth round with the 192nd pick of the...

Column: Pirates’ season a pleasant surprise for fan

Column: Pirates’ season a pleasant surprise for fan

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

April 17, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

In one of Pittsburgh’s colder Aprils in recent memory, the Pittsburgh Pirates have remained hot, though it didn’t seem it would be that way just a few weeks ago. Despite trading two All-Stars — outfielder Andrew McCutchen and starting pitcher Gerrit Cole — in the offseason, the Pirates stand on top of the NL Central at 11-6 and are one of the top teams in MLB right now. The Pirates came into ...

Take 5: Harden, hot dogs, home runs

Take 5: Harden, hot dogs, home runs

By The Pitt News Staff

March 29, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Oakland has been buzzing about the hiring of a new head basketball coach — our lord and savior Jeff Capel. But while the Pitt community has been busy celebrating the arrival of a new king, the rest of the sports world has continued to make headlines. The Pitt News staff is back to round up some of the...

New MLB rules may go too far

New MLB rules may go too far

By Max Sirianni | Staff Writer

March 21, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

We’ve all been at a baseball game that just never seems to end. There are nonstop pitching changes and tedious at-bats. By the seventh-inning stretch, everyone likely wants to go home. Major League Baseball has taken notice. The game times have slowly increased over the last two years after dropping...

Take Five: Pirates, Pacquette and Rick Pitino

Take Five: Pirates, Pacquette and Rick Pitino

By The Pitt News Staff

March 2, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Spring break is upon us but the non-stop news cycle of the sports world takes no breaks. The Pitt News staff is back to round up this week’s best stories. Click here to see last week's takes. Cheapskates The Major League Baseball Players Union filed grievances against the Oakland Athletics, Mi...

Take five: Trades, tanks and take-backs

Take five: Trades, tanks and take-backs

By The Pitt News Staff

February 7, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Remember in elementary school when you would beg your friends to trade what with was in your lunchbox? We can all identify, and apparently so can every coach, owner and player in professional sports this week. Between hour-long hires and trading between sports, The Pitt News has you covered in thi...

MLB implements small rule changes to speed up the pace of play

By Bill Shaikin | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

April 2, 2017


Filed under National News

Rob Manfred became baseball’s commissioner two years ago, and since then the radical changes have been fast and furious. No defensive shifts. Automatic baserunners in extra innings. Shrinking the strike zone. Limits on visits to the mound. Pitch clocks. Restrictions on how many relief pitchers a team can ha...

Five early MLB exaggerations

Five early MLB exaggerations

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

April 11, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

In April, hyperbole and overreaction in the baseball season are as common as a rain shower. But, a week in, I feel confident enough in asserting these five takes as absolutely, 100 percent correct. One week’s worth of games is more than a sufficient sample. There is no way any of them will ever pro...

Slide rules a necessary addition to MLB

By Chris Puzia / Contributing Editor

April 7, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Some things in Major League Baseball are inevitable, despite the adage that “you can’t predict baseball.” For example, the San Francisco Giants — winners of even-year World Series in 2010, 2012 and 2014 — began their undeniable slog to another championship run with a 12-3 rout over the Mi...

Finding a team: Reasons to root for the remaining playoff rosters

Finding a team: Reasons to root for the remaining playoff rosters

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

October 20, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

It will probably be difficult for any Pirates fan to stay invested in the MLB playoffs now that the Buccos lost the Wild Card game for the second straight year — but before you change the channel on current games, note some similarities these teams have with Pittsburgh. Each of the four teams left in their...

Fan impact overblown in MLB playoffs

Fan impact overblown in MLB playoffs

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

October 5, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

As if Pirates fans didn’t already have enough reason to despise Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, his Twitter feed might provide more fodder. “Whatever helps keep your hope alive, just know, it doesn’t matter,” Arrieta responded Sunday to a tweet suggesting PNC Park’s blackout crowd will rattle him ...

On playoff seeding issue, Major League Baseball lacks behind

On playoff seeding issue, Major League Baseball lacks behind

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

September 21, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Imagine you’re the commissioner of the MLB. You, in theory, want what’s best for the sport, including increased viewership — especially considering the low ratings in last year’s World Series, while Sunday Night Football nearly doubled in viewership. Good, competitive games, for certain, will increase vie...

Pitt grads build big league careers in media relations

Pitt grads build big league careers in media relations

By Jessie Wallace / Staff Writer

September 11, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

Over the years, the football world has recognized Pitt as a sure-fire producer of NFL talent, with stars like Dan Marino, Larry Fitzgerald and LeSean McCoy all making names for themselves in the league. Unknown to most, however, is that Pitt’s pipeline to the NFL features more alumni than just players. The...

Infusion of youth key to upstart MLB teams

Infusion of youth key to upstart MLB teams

By Stephen Caruso / Assistant Sports Editor

September 8, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

There aren’t many ways to escape a losing past. However, one way is to field players who don’t remember it. At least that’s what the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs are doing this year. With recent histories of futility — including four 100-loss seasons between them since 2009 — it seemed 2015 would ...

Royal pain: Kansas City fans abuse of All-Star voting an abomination

Royal pain: Kansas City fans abuse of All-Star voting an abomination

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

June 16, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns, Sports Features

America has always styled itself as a nation of equality — if you have the skills, you will be rewarded.Of course, this has always been counterbalanced by people’s love of rewarding those they know, that great enemy of democracy and equality — nepotism.Yes, from Tammany Hall to getting that intern...

Hope springs eternal: Bold predictions for a big season

Hope springs eternal: Bold predictions for a big season

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

April 6, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

My fridge is full of hot dogs, and I’m listening to “Centerfield” on repeat, so you know baseball season is here. As the old adage says, you can’t predict baseball, but that doesn’t stop anyone from trying. Let me give it my best attempt and present you with some bold predictions for the coming ...

Recent success has Pirates poised for playoff push

Recent success has Pirates poised for playoff push

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

April 6, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

For what felt like an endless time, it seemed that the Pirates would never find their buried treasure.But after 20 years of losing, Pittsburgh’s local ball club has compiled consecutive winning seasons. After making the playoffs two years straight, the Pirates have turned themselves into a World Seri...

Stanton contract ultimate high risk, high reward move

Stanton contract ultimate high risk, high reward move

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

November 19, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

What would you do if you knew you were going to make $325 million over the next 10 years?Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton signed a deal with the above parameters, ensuring a comfortable future for himself and his family. He probably has the talent, and he definitely has the power but will Stanton ear...

Throw reason out the window in the MLB playoffs

Throw reason out the window in the MLB playoffs

By Imaz Athar / Staff Writer

October 7, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

It was past midnight, and the game was tied 1-1. The San Francisco Giants and the Washington Nationals were in the 18th inning of Game 2 of the NLDS. Nothing particularly exciting had happened over the past few innings — a few hits here and there, a few one-two-three innings. The pressure mounted, b...

Derek Jeter epitomizes the best of Major League Baseball

Derek Jeter epitomizes the best of Major League Baseball

By Alex Wise / Staff Writer

September 24, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Last week, Gatorade released an advertisement to pay tribute to the career of longtime endorsement partner Derek Jeter, the legendary Yankee shortstop whose career will draw to a close within the next week. I watched the video for the first time with my roommates, one of whom isn’t a baseball fan. H...

Column: Instant replay in baseball a good thing

Column: Instant replay in baseball a good thing

By Dan Sostek / Staff Writer

April 2, 2014


Filed under Archives

When it was announced on Jan. 16 that Major League Baseball unanimously decided to expand instant replay, allowing managers to challenge at least one play during the span of each game, many, including myself, were skeptical.The decision expanded the previous incarnation of replay reviews in baseball, as...

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