Gene Collier


 The Pirates are one of several teams involved in talks with Boston about left-hander Jon Lester.

Gene Collier: Jon Lester lives in high-rent district

The Pirates would be responsible for a little more than $4 million for Lester, who immediately would become their best pitcher.

about 4 hours ago


 Jack Lambert, one of four Hall of Famers picked by the Steelers in the 1974 draft, poses for a picture in August 1978.

Gene Collier: Steelers' 1974 draft won't ever be matched

No one knew it then, but 40 years ago the members of the best NFL draft in history showed up at Steelers training camp.

1 day ago


Gene Collier: Time to shift strategies vs. the shift

The advent of the defensive shift in baseball, and now how often it's being used, is suppressing offense and in turn hurting the game.

4 days ago


 The Pirates' Neil Walker bats against the Dodgers at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Avoiding key players helps dodge losing

Some of the Dodgers biggest stars missed this series and it paid off the Pirates.

1 week ago


 Pirates second baseman Neil Walker hits a home run from the left side of the plate

Gene Collier: Pirates lineup takes advantage of lefty-friendly dimensions

Pirates left-handed hitters combined for three home runs in a 12-7 win against the Dodgers -- finally putting PNC Park's landscape to use.

1 week ago


 Pittsburgh Pirates Andrew McCutchen ducks away from a pitch against the Colorado Rockies at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Rocky win opens 2nd half

The Pirates didn't exactly look excellent in their first win of the season's second half. But they got the job done.

1 week ago


Gene Collier: Feeling out of baseball’s usual groove

Even after the All-Star festivities, Gene Collier is out of his groove, left craving baseball that actually, really counts.

2 weeks ago


 Reds ace Johnny Cueto wasn't as stellar as usual Sunday, but the Pirates still couldn't take full advantage.

Gene Collier: Missed connections prove costly for Pirates

A very disappointing road trip could have been much worse, but the Pirates cannot afford to keep blowing chances after the All-Star break.

2 weeks ago


Gene Collier: Clutch Cutch delivers twice

Aroldis Chapman further proved his utter dominance on major league hitters Friday night, but Gregory Polanco deserved to prove that wrong.

2 weeks ago


 The Reds' Ramon Santiago hits an RBI single to tie the game in the eighth inning against the Pirates at Great American Ball Park on Friday in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Gene Collier: Big weekend opens with thumbs-down effort

The Pirates got off on the wrong foot in an important series in Cincinnati.

2 weeks ago


 The New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez.

Gene Collier: A-Fraud a continued baseball parody

Suspended Yankee star Alex Rodriguez poster boy for everything that is wrong with baseball.

3 weeks ago



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