Back in Black ... Pirates Baseball 2014 Season Preview

The journey back to October 
begins Monday at PNC Park, 
but Pirates fans can prepare now 
with the PG's 2014
baseball season preview.

■  For the Fan -- Inside the Schedule

Post-Gazette baseball writer Jenn Menendez highlights games and series fans will want to circle for the 2014 season.

■  Pirates' Cole is riding a most epic wave

Whether on a pitcher's mound or a surfboard, Gerrit Cole hunts moments that elude him. It makes it that much better when he catches them.

■  The Match Game: Pirates and the Cardinals

The Pirates made great strides in 2013 but they future growth will still have be measured against the St. Louis Cardinals.

■  Gene Collier: A look inside the paradox of the big-money pitcher

Wherein Gene laments the sorry physical state and whopping financial price of big-league pitching.

■  The Prospect Pipeline -- Only a matter of time for Polanco, Taillon

Gregory Polanco, the best prospect in the system according to Baseball America, will likely join the Pirates at some point this summer.

■  Primer for translating Clint Hurdle

The Pirates' fourth-year manager is one of the most quotable in the recent history of the franchise.

■  Replay comes with promise of better game

The red-faced manager-umpire tirade of years past might fade this season as expanded instant replay crashes the hallowed diamonds.

■  Stats Geek -- Spoonful of reality hard to swallow

The Pirates are a good team that didn't do anything this past winter to make themselves better.

■  National League Central predicted order of 2014

Post-Gazette baseball writer Bill Brink breaks down the Pirates' division and looks ahead to September and puts the five team in predicted order of 2014 finish:

■  View from afar ... Did 2013 change the perception of the Pirates?

Post-Gazette baseball writer Jenn Menendez takes a sampling of what other publications and outlets think of the team for 2014.


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