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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

The Pittsburgh Pirates celebrate after getting the final out of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Pittsburgh on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023.

Column | Pirates fans have a lot to hope for in 2024

By Matthew Scabilloni , Staff Writer October 5, 2023

For the eighth consecutive season, the Pittsburgh Pirates missed out on the MLB Playoffs despite their hot start. Nonetheless, there’s legitimate postseason hope for Pirates fans to have for the 2024...

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.
Pittsburgh Pirates Jason Delay (61) runs after batting during the fifth inning of a baseball game on Tuesday in Miami.

Column | Pirates set up for future success barring more brutal trades

By David Scott, For The Pitt News July 21, 2022
The Pirates haven’t done much to inspire hope in their fans in recent years. The team hasn’t made the postseason since 2015 and has only finished with an above .500 record once during that time. While the team is currently well out of playoff contention in 2022, the Pirates are beginning to show signs of life.
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 13, 2021
Pirates General Manager Ben Cherington and the team surprised many Sunday, picking Louisville sophomore catcher Henry Davis with its first overall selection.
The Pittsburgh Pirates Andrew McCutchen shown on Aug. 26, 2015, at Marlins Park in Miami.

Column | Pirates downfall starts at the top

By Zack Gibney, Staff Writer March 5, 2021
The Pittsburgh Pirates’ downfall came at the hands of the perfect storm — an owner that wouldn’t spend the money to stay competitive, while player contracts only got more lucrative due to the evolving league.
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Trevor Williams pitches against the Cleveland Indians during an exhibition game at Progressive Field.

Column | The Pirates are sinking, abandon ship?

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer September 6, 2020
To be an awful team is one thing, but to be an awful team with the worst series of injuries in the major leagues is another. The four starting pitchers remaining from the 2019 team have barely played.
Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke. (TPN File photo)

Pittsburgh sports community donates $800,000 to vaccine research

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor May 6, 2020
Pitt athletics announced Wednesday morning that four of the department’s leaders — athletic director Heather Lyke, head football coach Pat Narduzzi, head women’s basketball coach Lance White and head men’s basketball coach Jeff Capel — would donate a combined $500,000 to support Pitt’s Center for Vaccine Research in their pursuit of a vaccine that protects against the coronavirus.
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jake Arrieta throws a first-inning pitch against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday in Philadelphia.

Rookies, newcomers shine in MLB’s opening weekend

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer April 2, 2019
Baseball’s opening weekend featured spectacular plays, dominant pitching and long-anticipated player debuts.
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