Pedro Alvarez hits a three run homer against the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, Dunedin Florida.

Bill Brink's Pirates baseball chat transcript: 3.4.15

With spring training in full swing, Bill takes your questions on the Pirates.

about 8 hours ago

 Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin throws his mask and makes play against the Pirates on Tuesday at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Fla.

Russell Martin says Pirates did all they could to sign him

Russell Martin is excited about playing in his native Canada with the Blue Jays and looks back on his time with the Pirates.

about 22 hours ago

 Chicago White Sox outfielder Orestes "Minnie" Minoso poses in batting position at Al Lopez Field in Tampa, Fla.

Obituary: Minnie Minoso / Major league baseball’s 1st black Latino star

The seemingly ageless “Cuban Comet” helped clear the way for generations of minority ballplayers

about 23 hours ago

 The Pirates Jung Ho Kang bats during the Black and Gold game at McKechnie Field Monday in Bradenton, Florida.

Kang sees first game action in Pirates scrimmage

Newcomer plays shortstop and is hitless in one at-bat in his first appearance with the Pirates; Hart out after needing stitches in his foot.

1 day ago

 Paul Maholm during his days as a Pittsburgh Pirate.

Ex-Pirate Paul Maholm gets a chance to help Reds’ depleted rotation

Left-hander Paul Maholm is getting a chance to help the Cincinnati Reds piece together their depleted starting rotation.

2 days ago

 Vance Worley throws in the bullpen Sunday in Bradenton, Fla.

Vance Worley ready to compete in second season with Pirates

Right-hander has a renewed mindset as he fights for a starting spot in his first spring with the Pirates.

2 days ago

 Jung Ho Kang participates in sliding drills Sunday in Bradenton, Fla.

Pirates notebook: Jung Ho Kang's adjustment continues with alacrity

Pirates shortstop Jung Ho Kang hopes to prove his power will translate from Korean baseball to the major leagues.

2 days ago

 Pirates players Jung Ho Kang jokes with Gregory Polanco (middle) and Starling Marte at workouts at Pirate City in Bradenton Fla.

Gene Collier: Recalling the bizarre spring of 1995

The zany spring of 1995 was certainly one to remember in Bradenton, where the Pirates nearly threw a med school student behind the plate.

3 days ago

McCutchen humble at the top

Andrew McCutchen is a quiet man and even when displaying the swagger of one of the best players in the game, he does so without airs.

3 days ago

 Jose Tabata waits on deck to hit during batting practice at Pirates City, Bradenton, Fla.

Tabata trying to break through again

Tabata spent the offseason refining his swing in hopes of increasing his power production and has put on a show since arriving in Bradenton.

3 days ago

 Pirates right hander Brad Lincoln during workouts at Pirates City in Bradenton, Florida.

Lincoln hopes second time is the charm with Pirates

Brad Lincoln, a former first-round pick, is back with the Pirates as a non-roster invitee and will vie for a spot in the bullpen.

4 days ago

British TV shows student picture of ‘Jihadi John’ in Pirates baseball cap

Sky News says the black cap was stored by the University of Westminster where he studied.

4 days ago

 Jameson Taillon throws long toss during morning workouts Thursday at Pirates City in Bradenton, Florida.

Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon, almost a year removed from surgery, will start facing batters soon

Team’s top prospect sharpens focus on arm care after going through Tommy John surgery and rehabilitation.

5 days ago

 Major League Baseball Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred speaks to reporters after team owners elected him as the next commissioner of Major League Baseball during an owners quarterly meeting in Baltimore, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014.

Gene Collier: Manfred certainly looks to shift MLB's ideology

New baseball commissioner’s thinking makes sense, just not the individual thoughts.

6 days ago

 Josh Harrison shares a laugh with Andrew McCutchen during workouts Tuesday at Pirates City in Bradenton, Florida.

Bill Brink's Pirates chat transcript: 2.25.15

Two sure signs spring is nigh: 1. The Pirates are back in Bradenton and 2. Bill is back to answer your questions in his weekly chat.

1 week ago

 Pirates chairman and owner Bob Nutting greets Andrew McCutchen today during workouts at Pirates City in Bradenton, Fla.

Pirates owner brings MLB a voice from the North Shore

Bob Nutting’s spot on the executive council offers him a platform to influence baseball’s next steps.

1 week ago

 Corey Hart underhands a ball during workouts Saturday at Pirates City in Bradenton, Fla.

New Pirate Corey Hart looks for better health and big comeback

Former Milwaukee Brewer Corey Hart hopes a return to the National League Central with the Pirates will bring a return to form for him.

1 week ago

 Antonio Bastardo throws in the bullpen during workouts on the first day of camp for pitchers and catchers last week at Pirates City in Bradenton, Fla.

Reliever Bastardo looks to bounce back with Pirates

Unhappy with his performance last season, reliever Antonio Bastardo is excited to join a contender.

1 week ago

 This artist's rendering shows the proposed new left field terraces at PNC Park.

Pirates Notebook: New bars, meeting space among PNC Park upgrades

Pirates announce four upgrades to PNC Park aimed at improving fan experience

1 week ago

 San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy walks among players during spring training workouts last week at Scottsdale Stadium in Arizona.

Ron Cook: Who's the best coach now?

A lot of good (and questionable) selections are out there, but San Francisco’s Bruce Bochy stands above the rest.

1 week ago

 This artist's rendering shows the left field terraces at PNC Park.

Two new bars, terrace among upgrades planned for PNC Park

The upgrades include the installation of two outdoor bars, a two-level terrace in left field and corporate meeting space.

1 week ago

 Pirates shortstop Jung Ho Kang waits to hit during a workout Sunday in Bradenton, Fla.

Jung Ho Kang begins transition to Pirates, MLB

Korean shortstop Jung Ho Kang feels the pressure of joining the major leagues, but hopes to pave the way for others to make the jump.

1 week ago

 Pedro Alvarez runs drills at first base Friday in Bradenton, Fla.

Gene Collier: At first, Alvarez must bring a bat

While the Pirates work hard at making Alvarez a first baseman, they should not wander far from the message: Relax, hit homers.

1 week ago

Ron Cook: How Sean Casey cheated death

Former MLB first baseman Sean Casey reflects on his experience of surviving a near-death scare.

1 week ago

 Pirates manager Clint Hurdle watches a bullpen session Saturday in Bradenton, Fla.

Pirates pitchers focus on improving at plate

Manager Clint Hurdle is trying to get the Pirates to improve from 13th of 15 National League teams in batting average by pitchers.

1 week ago

Pirates notebook: Hurdle up to speed on pace-of-game rules

Manager Clint Hurdle discussed the rule changes aimed at increasing the pace of the game with his coaching staff Saturday.

1 week ago

 John Holdzkom throws in the bullpen Friday in Bradenton, Fla.

Holdzkom relishing first experience at big league camp

Pirates reliever John Holdzkom toiled in the independent leagues for years before finally reaching his first major league spring training.

1 week ago

 Pirates manager Clint Hurdle argues with umpires after pitcher Justin Wilson was ejected from a July game at PNC Park.

Baseball's new rules hope to speed up game

Among other things, the new rules regulate the timing of the breaks between innings and that hitters keep one foot in the batter’s box.

1 week ago

 The Pirates' Travis Snider was traded to the Orioles. The Pirates acquired minor league left-hander Steven Brault in his place.

Pirates complete Snider trade with Orioles

The Pirates acquired minor league left-hander Steven Brault as the player to be named later in the trade that sent Snider to the Orioles.

1 week ago

 Neil Walker is congratulated by third base coach Nick Leyva after hitting a solo home run against the Cubs in the fourth inning at PNC Park in September.

Ron Cook: Pirates should have found a way to avoid arbitration process

Avoiding arbitration would have served the Pirates’ long-term interests much better than how the process turned out for them.

1 week ago

 Jung Ho Kang observes the batting cages on the first day of camp for pitchers and catchers Thursday in Bradenton, Fla.

Pirates notebook: Team will try not to rush Jung Ho Kang's development

Korean shortstop Jung Ho Kang is ready to go in his first spring training with the Pirates, but the club sees no need to rush him along.

1 week ago

 The Pirates' Pedro Alvarez works out at first base today in Bradenton, Fla.

Alvarez wins arbitration case with Pirates; infielder upbeat about shift to first

Alvarez, who worked out at first base earlier in the day, will make $5.75 million this season. The Pirates went 1-2 in arbitration cases.

1 week ago

 Francisco Liriano delivers during afternoon workouts Wednesday at Pirate City in Bradenton, Florida.

Comebacker: Liriano returned because Pirates gave him the best deal

Despite the potential loss of a draft pick, the qualifying offer Pittsburgh made to Liriano didn’t disuade teams from coming after him.

1 week ago

 Former New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez.

Gene Collier: Baseball can't separate spring from steroids

Spring training starts with yet another steroids apology.

1 week ago

 Pedro Alvarez

The top five questions of the spring training to come...

The Pirates have a familiar look this year, but will their lineup pack enough punch to emerge atop a dramatically retooled NLC division?

2 weeks ago

 Pirates owner Bob Nutting gets a firsthand look at the team early in camp last spring. Said Nutting: "We knew it was up to us to put an exciting team on the field that could consistently compete for the postseason. ... The results have been additional revenues, all of which we have invested back into the club."

Pirates growing payroll is good, bad news

The Pirates are spending more in player salaries than at any point in team history, but how much of a difference will that make?

2 weeks ago

 Pirates starter A.J. Burnett makes a play to first against the Brewers.

Pirates Spring Training 2015: Battles for position

Spring training begins for the Pirates this week, and a quick glance around the diamond shows these Pirates look an awful lot like they did

2 weeks ago

 Vance Worley delivers a pitch during a Pirates victory over the Brewers in September.

Worley wins arbitration case with Pirates

Pedro Alvarez is the Pirates’ only remaining arbitration case.

3 weeks ago

 Ben Roethlisberger introduces Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Jim Kelly at the 79th Annual Dapper Dan Awards at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center Tuesday night.

Dapper Dan Awards: Toughness still hallmark of Jim Kelly

From one quarterback to another Tuesday night, Steelers star Ben Roethlisberger helped honor Lifetime Achievement Award winner Jim Kelly.

3 weeks ago

 The Pirates won their arbitration case against Neil Walker on Saturday.

Pirates win arbitration case with Walker

A panel of arbitrators selected the team’s $8 million figure rather than Walker’s $9 million offer.

3 weeks ago

Latest acquisition for Pirates adds bullpen depth

Pirates add more bullpen depth, acquiring right-hander Arquimedes Caminero from the Miami Marlins for cash.

4 weeks ago

Pirates acquire Steve Lombardozzi from Orioles

The Pirates acquired infielder Steve Lombardozzi from the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday for cash considerations.

4 weeks ago


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