Ron Cook

 The Pirates' Jung Ho Kang throws out the Padres' Derek Norris during a game earlier this month at PNC Park.

Ron Cook: Kang in Rookie of the Year conversation

Jung Ho Kang’s remarkable transition, progress and impact on Pirates makes him a candidate for the award.

2 days ago

 Gregory Polanco is mobbed after hitting the winning single in the 10th inning July 12 against the Cardinals, one of the many big plays the Pirates right fielder had made this month.

Ron Cook: Hurdle's belief in Polanco is paying off

The Pirates right fielder was struggling entering this month, but his manager’s encouraging words have made a difference.

3 days ago

 Given his age and list of accomplishments, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is on pace for a Hall of Fame career.

Ron Cook: Despite some lost pieces, the Steelers' core remains

With Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Heyward and Mike Tomlin all signing extensions, the Steelers’ future looks bright.

4 days ago

 Aramis Ramirez is back with the Pirates after getting traded to the Cubs in 2003.

Ron Cook: Ramirez might be just what the Pirates need

It has been 12 years since Aramis Ramirez last played for the Pirates, but he can still provide the power the team’s lineup needs.

6 days ago

 Pirates catcher Chris Stewart congratulates Mark Melancon on one of his National League-leading 29 saves.

Ron Cook: Take it from Melancon, being an All-Star is a lot of work

The Pirates’ Mark Melancon has turned into an All-Star closer, but it didn’t happen overnight and takes plenty of dedication to stay there.

1 week ago

 The Pirates' Pedro Alvarez celebrates after getting a walk-off hit over the Padres in the ninth inning July 6 at PNC Park.

Ron Cook: Pedro Alvarez — for better or worse — is key to Pirates season

The first baseman has struggled in many areas, but still has the kind of potential to put the Pirates over the top.

1 week ago

 Pirates General Manager & Senior VP Neal Huntington during February workouts at Pirates City in Bradenton, Florida.

Ron Cook: Neal Huntington's offseason work splendid

Pirates general manager relied on his staff but the moves to get Francisco Cervelli, Jung Ho Kang and A.J. Burnett were golden.

2 weeks ago

 Catcher Francisco Cervelli was one of several heroes for the Pirates Sunday night and over the course of the weekend at PNC Park.

Ron Cook: Best should be yet to come for this Pirates team

Sunday at PNC Park was thrilling, but as the NL Central race heats up, the second half of the season should be quite a ride for the Pirates.

2 weeks ago

 Jung Ho Kang is called out at third base against the Cardinals in the fourth inning Thursday at PNC Park.

Ron Cook: Bad start to big series, but three more games of Pirates-Cardinals

The Pirates can still produce a successful weekend against their NL Central nemesis St. Louis, but Thursday night didn’t go as planned.

2 weeks ago

 Pirates closer Mark Melancon catches the final out May 27 against the Marlins.

Ron Cook: Pirates' Melancon most deserving of All-Star honor

The Pirates’ day started bad with Harrison’s injury, but ended on a high note with a victory and All-Star nods for Melancon and others.

3 weeks ago

 With Pedro Alvarez and the offense on a roll, this season could go to some pretty nice places for the Pirates.

Ron Cook: Pirates have makings of something special

With their stellar pitching starting to get a whole lot of help lately from the offense, the Pirates’ future looks very bright.

3 weeks ago

 Pete Rose was banned from baseball in 1989 after violating the No. 1 rule in sports by betting on games while he was managing the Cincinnati Reds.

Ron Cook: Shameless Pete Rose will do anything to make a buck

The Washington Wild Things’ quest to sell tickets brings disgraced major leaguer to Western Pennsylvania tonight.

1 month ago