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Take 5: Bell, Beadle and Basketball

Take 5: Bell, Beadle and Basketball

By The Pitt News Staff

August 30, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

From catsuits to contract holdouts, The Pitt News staff takes a look at the spiciest storylines from the past week.

Take 5: Stakes Races, Shaq and Southgate

Take 5: Stakes Races, Shaq and Southgate

By The Pitt News Staff

May 23, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Though Pitt's campus has mostly emptied out, The Pitt News sports staff is still full of hot takes. They're back to round up some of the best  — and unexpected  — stories of the week.  Patience for Pirates Fans The Pittsburgh Pirates finally got a glimpse of their future when centerfielder A...

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...

Pirates fans have no reason to lessen expectations

Pirates fans have no reason to lessen expectations

By Chad Cameron / Staff Writer

April 4, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Sports Columns

Snow isn’t typically associated with Major League Baseball’s Opening Day. But as a sellout crowd of 39,500 people prepared to pack PNC Park on Sunday, crews on the inside rushed to shovel away the last traces of a blizzard that hit Pittsburgh late Saturday night. Baseball season was here, and no matte...

James Conner to throw out first pitch at Pirates’ Opening Day Sunday

James Conner to throw out first pitch at Pirates’ Opening Day Sunday

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

March 30, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

James Conner will be taking the field in the North Shore, but not the one you’d expect. Pitt and the Pittsburgh Pirates announced that Conner, the Panthers’ star running back, will throw out the first pitch at PNC Park on Opening Day Sunday. “I’m honored and thrilled to throw out the first pitch ...

Sports Business Association prepares students for work in athletics

Sports Business Association prepares students for work in athletics

By Steve Rotstein / Staff Writer

February 5, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

Before Melissa Mele and Kelley George decided to put a non-sports fanatic in charge of Pitt’s Sports Business Association, previous leaders couldn’t seem to keep the club itself in business. “[Mele and George] needed that outside look, that person that could tie in everything other than sports...

Pirates need to make big splash for continued success

Pirates need to make big splash for continued success

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

December 9, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Small-market teams like the Pirates acquire prospects or undervalued players through strong drafts and savvy trades. But sustaining their place at the top isn’t always a home run. A core of young, cheap and talented players fuel the Pittsburgh Pirates and have turned the Bucs into a serious contender...

Featured Gallery: Pirates NL Wild Card Game 2015

Featured Gallery: Pirates NL Wild Card Game 2015

By Theo Schwarz / Senior Staff Photographer

October 7, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Visual

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...

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...

Pirates have several holes to fill during offseason

Pirates have several holes to fill during offseason

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

October 6, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Man, was that a letdown. After the utter joy of the Pirates season, it’s all over after an undeniable failure: an 8-0 drubbing at the hands of the San Francisco Giants in a one-game playoff.  After 88 wins and fantastic individual seasons by Andrew McCutchen, Josh Harrison, Russell Martin and Starling Marte, it...

Volquez leads Pirates in team’s second straight one-game playoff

Volquez leads Pirates in team’s second straight one-game playoff

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

September 30, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Baseball fans are a stubborn bunch. Some will stick to long-held beliefs forever. Others will embrace new logic and won’t accept anything to the contrary. And almost all of them are uncompromising in changing their predisposed beliefs on a player or team.I’m like any other baseball fan in most w...

Russell Martin should be the offseason priority

Russell Martin should be the offseason priority

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

September 23, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Do you hear that sound? No, that’s not the screaming fans in a sold-out PNC Park. That’s the cha-ching of a cash register after every clutch hit by Russell Martin.Two years ago, the Pirates signed the catcher to a two-year, $17 million deal. Coming off a .211 average and .714 OPS year with the Ya...

Transformation of Pirates remains a sight to behold

Transformation of Pirates remains a sight to behold

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

September 18, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

It occurred to me about three weeks ago. I was watching the Pittsburgh Pirates play the Cincinnati Reds in front of a sellout crowd at PNC Park. The fans were loud, passionate and raucous, and, much to their delight, the Pirates were winning, moving their way up the wild card standings and seemingly bo...

Dear Kelly: BUCN Edition, 4/3

By A&E Staff

April 2, 2014


Filed under Archives

Dear Kelly,It’s baseball season again, and that means that my girlfriend is going to abandon me for the other love of her life: the Pittsburgh Pirates. Now it’s all BUCN, all the time — Pirates jerseys, Jolly Rogers, Pirates games, constant flashes of the Zoltan sign and even a life-sized wax scu...

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