Gene Collier


 Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke was much more than just a No. 5 starter Saturday against the Indians.

Gene Collier: History lesson unfurled in Pirates win at PNC Park

The Pirates pitching staff, especially the rotation, keeps proving itself as one of the very best in the majors — right down to Jeff Locke.

1 day ago


 Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford discusses a trade in which the team acquired Phil Kessel from the Toronto Maple Leafs at a press conference at Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Kessel trade will determine Rutherford's legacy as Penguins GM

Phil Kessel is said to have great hands; now they are Jim Rutherford’s legacy as general manager of the Penguins.

4 days ago


 Manager Clint Hurdle asks the crew chief for a video replay during the first inning of the interleague game against the Tigers on June 30, 2015 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan.

Gene Collier: Baseball's video reviews are many seconds we'll never get back

What could prompt more than one sports pundit to long for humans wrestling bears at a baseball game? Increased use of replay, that’s what.

5 days ago


 About triples, Cincinnati Reds great Pete Rose once said, “You don't get a triple between second and third. You get a triple between home and first.”

Gene Collier: Pirates take triples trend to unfortunate low point, and that's no fun

There are fewer triples in MLB these days everywhere, not just here, but the Pirates are nothing short of the poster boys for that.

1 week ago


 Pirates starter Gerrit Cole had his second-shortest outing of his career Wednesday night against the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Cole Train goes off the rails

Pirates starter Gerrit Cole again fails to beat the Cincinnati Reds, allowing four runs in the first inning.

1 week ago


 Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez had an RBI double against the Reds on Tuesday, but has struggled with runners in scoring position throughout the season.

Gene Collier: Pedro Alvarez comes out of the dark

Though he played a role in the Pirates’ game-winning rally against the Reds, Pedro Alvarez was still disappointing on Tuesday night.

1 week ago


 Former St. Louis executive Jeff Luhnow, right, is now the Houston Astros general manager and appears to be the target of the Cardinals hacking scandal.

Gene Collier: Baseball's new form of DH is designated hacker

The St. Louis Cardinals hacking investigation is no surprise given this era of analytics, data mining and information-hungry baseball.

2 weeks ago


 The Penguins still have the players who make up their core — such as goalie Marc-Andre Fleury — but can they pull off what the Chicago Blackhawks just did?

Gene Collier: Penguins need wingers and good health to thrive in postseason

To the degree they’re attainable, more speed, more skill and better health are most of what the Penguins need to be parade capable.

2 weeks ago


 Charlie Morton helped deliver the Pirates' third straight shutout in their 3-0 win against the White Sox Tuesday.

Collier: Pirates' pitching rotation will not crack at the moment

The 3-0 win against the White Sox on Tuesday was the Pirates’ third straight shutout, a feat the team hasn’t accomplished since 1976.

2 weeks ago


 The Pirates bullpen helped Gerrit Cole take home his 10th win Saturday, but a sloppy Keystone State series continues on the North Shore.

Gene Collier: Pirates wiggling free of Phillies no large feat

MLB laughingstock Philadelphia is a team the Pirates should squash — from the mound and plate — but all they’ve managed is two one-run wins.

3 weeks ago


 The Pirates' Gregory Polanco slides into third under the tag of Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez in the first inning Wednesday at PNC Park. Moments later, Polanco scored the Pirates' first run.

Gene Collier: Pirates playing solid baseball, and that's all that matters

Even though the St. Louis Cardinals seem to never lose, the Pirates are playing good baseball and aren’t frustrated by not gaining ground.

3 weeks ago


 Milwaukee's Jean Segura steals second base against the Pirates' Neil Walker in the eighth inning Tuesday at PNC Park. Pittsburgh will try to avoid getting swept by Milwaukee tonight.

Gene Collier: Pirates snoozing when they should be cruising

One loss away from getting swept by the lowly Milwaukee Brewers, the Pirates have started their home stand poorly.

3 weeks ago


 Kelvin Beachum leads students at Quaker Valley Middle School doing sit-ups during a fitness challenge at the school.

Gene Collier: Much more to life than football for Steelers tackle Kelvin Beachum

Kelvin Beachum is a starter on the Steelers offensive line, but he might have even more potential off the football field.

4 weeks ago



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