Gene Collier

 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.

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.

1 week ago

 Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby stops a shot by Penguins' Blake Comeau in the third period of a game Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Play in division no plus for Penguins

Penguins coach Mike Johnston is wary of division rival Washington’s psychological edge.

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

 Former New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez.

Gene Collier: Baseball can't separate spring from steroids

Spring training starts with yet another steroids apology.

2 weeks ago

 Penguins' Kris Letang remains down on the ice after taking a slash from Capitals' Alex Ovechkin in the third period Tuesday at Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Penguins' Metropolitan horror show continues

The Penguins once again faltered against division rival Washington, again with a largely silent Sidney Crosby.

2 weeks ago

 A Chargers No. 55 jersey sits atop a makeshift memorial outside Junior Seau's home.

Gene Collier: Football's concussion issue won't just go away

As football's problems with head injuries come back into focus, it's fair to wonder about the implications for the future of the sport.

2 weeks ago

 Penguins celebrate a goal in the second period by Nick Spaling against the Detroit Red Wings at the Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Penguins win impressive and at right time

The  Penguins scored four times before the middle period was half over, sprinting off with an impressive win against an impressive team.

3 weeks ago

 Nashville's Roman Josi scores through the five hole on Marc-Andre Fleury during a game earlier this month at the Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Ruminations on an endless NHL season

Pirates will have been to spring training and back before the hockey postseason gets underway.

3 weeks ago

 Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) walks off the field after throwing an interception to New England Patriots strong safety Malcolm Butler during the second half of NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Gene Collier: Save the platitudes on Seahawks' bad call

Despite what the coaches might tell us -- especially Bill Belichick -- we all have a right to question the Seahawks' head-scratching gaffe.

3 weeks ago

 Tiger Woods' golf game, relevance, and cache have faded, yet we are inundated with overwrought coverage on the 56th-ranked golfer in the world.

Gene Collier: National Letter of Discontent Day for sports consumers

This Post-Gazette columnist has everything under control over his personal discontent, right down to the letter, in fact.

4 weeks ago


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