Smizik on Sports

Smizik on Sports


Bob Smizik: Early disappointments, surprises

With their split last night against Cincinnati, the Pirates are 7-7 and in third place in the NL Central, three games out of first.

about 15 hours ago


Bob Smizik: Polanco’s time is not now!

All it took were three losses to the Milwaukee Brewers over the weekend and panic set in with some members of the Pirates' fans base.

1 day ago


Bob Smizik: Can Pirates keep Liriano?

Part II on possible future contract moves by the Pirates. Today we cover the pitchers.

2 days ago


Bob Smizik: Building a better bullpen

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle went with his usual bullpen formula last night but this time it didn't work.

3 days ago


Bob Smizik: Pirates' first 10 games prove little

The Pirates have the look of a contender, no doubt, but how much of that is in our minds?

4 days ago


Bob Smizik: The promise of Pedro

About an hour after the Pirates' win yesterday over the Cubs, I received this email from a friend, who is a devout Pirates fan.

5 days ago


Bob Smizik: Pirates miss chance to add bench strength

We interrupt the steady flow of effusive praise for Pirates general manager Neal Huntington with this unpaid factual pronouncement.

6 days ago


Bob Smizik: Starling Marte gaining discipline

The Pirates got a rare poor start, but it made no difference. The hitters bailed out Morton and the bullpen, with one glitch, did its job.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Possible Pirates extensions

The Pirates play their cards close to the chest when it comes to negotiations. And that's a good thing.

1 week ago




Bob Smizik: Loss of Taillon a blow to Pirates' pitching depth

Jameson Taillon is expected to be out for 12 to 18 months, meaning he might not join the Pirates until 2016.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: What if Calipari succeeded Howland?

How would history have played out if Calipari had been offered and had taken the Pitt job?

1 week ago


 Travis Ishikawa runs down a fly ball during afternoon workouts earlier this year.

Bob Smizik: Ishikawa looking good

Now for the player who has the most intriguing storyline of this young season. That designation falls to Travis Ishikawa.

1 week ago


 Are the Pirates giving Travis Snider too many unearned opportunities?

Bob Smizik: Why is Snider starting for the Pirates?

The team's infatuation with former Toronto prospect is jeopardizing chance of success.

1 week ago


 Russell Martin scores Starling Marte on an error by the Cubs' Starlin Castro in the sixth inning at PNC Park Tuesday night.

Bob Smizik: Pirates' early offensive struggles not surprising

The season is two games old, and the Pirates are getting exceptional performance from the most important position on the field -- pitching.

1 week ago




 Pirates teammates await Neil Walker at home plate after he hit a walk-off home run in the 10th inning against the Cubs at PNC Park Monday. After Monday's start, Bob Smizik looks ahead and asks your predictions about the season.

Bob Smizik: You pick Pirates' record, finish for this season

This year will be a bit different -- also cite, if you wish, whether they’ll win the division, gain the wild card or sit out the playoffs.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: At last, legitimate optimism!

It’s the first day of baseball season in Pittsburgh and it’s been a long, long time since so much optimism surrounded the team.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Bonds bashing raises questions

With the announcement that Barry Bonds would be part of the Pirates opening day ceremony came the expected high dose of abuse.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Why no extensions for Hurdle, Huntington?

The Pirates created quite a news splash yesterday afternoon, and I had been expecting as much.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Pitching looks to be Pirates' strength

Day 2 of Pirates evaluations. Today -- three days before the opener -- the starters and relievers.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Rating the Pirates

With the opener four days away, time to evaluate the Pirates. Today the 13 position players, tomorrow the pitching staff.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Report says Marte agrees to six-year deal

There is nothing not to like about the contract the Pirates and outfielder Starling Marte reportedly have agreed to sign.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Huntington has lost trade leverage

Nobody asked me, but . . .

3 weeks ago


 Andrew Lambo

Bob Smizik: Pirates have black hole at first base

Tthe options at first base against right-handed pitching are Gaby Sanchez, a right-handed batter, and Travis Ishikawa, a left-handed batter.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Ask Bob, Bob Answers - III

The third edition of Ask Bob, Bob Answers deals with sporting venues, Bud Selig, big stories, high school basketball and non-revenue sports.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Dixon can improve, but Pitt can’t improve on Dixon

The Pitt basketball season ended Saturday, which was sooner than anyone wanted but not sooner than most expected.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Ishikawa gaining on Lambo

Freelance columnist Bob Smizik says Travis Ishikawa is gaining on Andrew Lambo at Pirates spring training camp.

3 weeks ago


 Pitt's Lamar Patterson drives to the net in front of Florida's Casey Prather in the first half of the third round of the NCCA tournament at Amway Center in Orlando.

Bob Smizik: Florida Gators badly outclass Pitt

Bob Smizik says Florida had better shooters, better defenders and better rebounders than Pitt, making them a No. 1 seed with good reason.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Florida will challenge Pitt resurgence

Pitt’s game this afternoon against No. 1-seed Florida has been called the biggest in school history. That’s a reach I’m not buying.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Cap-strapped Steelers can’t even keep Cotchery

The fans who didn’t believe the team had a salary-cap problem have been jolted to their senses by the on-going free-agency period.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Trading Tabata makes no sense

Twitter has completely altered the way news is disseminated -- for better or worse.

3 weeks ago


 The Atlanta Braves' Sid Bream slides across the plate to win the National League Championship Series as Pirates catcher Mike LaValliere applies the late tag in the ninth inning on Oct. 14, 1992.

Bob Smizik: What was worst loss in Pittsburgh history?

It’s possible Pittsburgh’s litany of miserable memorable sports defeats is no worse than some other cities'.

4 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Praise for Pirates future

Nobody asked me, but . . .

4 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Bylsma job safe -- for now

The security Bylsma has as coach of the Penguins is an on-going topic among the fan base.

1 month ago



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