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Smizik on Sports


Bob Smizik: Why Pirates have 'arrived'

For those upset by the comic nature of the Pirates’ loss, a reminder the team is 8-4 since the All-Star break.

about 7 hours ago


 Huntington stole Vance Worley for the Pirates this season.

Bob Smizik: Neal Huntington's good and bad

Last week, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington was being criticized by some on this site regarding the offseason.

1 day ago


Bob Smizik: Ask Bob, Bob answers

Below are my first answers to the most recent batch of Ask Bob questions.

2 days ago


Bob Smizik: E-dro!

Nobody asked me, but . . .

3 days ago


 Neal Huntington, senior vice president and general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Bob Smizik: Consecutive routs accentuate Pirates' weaknesses

The performance of the past two nights -- two runs in 18 innings in consecutive 8-1 losses -- could push Neal Huntington toward panicking

4 days ago


Bob Smizik: Analyzing the Steelers -- briefly

Steelermania is officially in season and although not quite what it once was, the local NFL team remains, by far, the most popular team in

5 days ago


Bob Smizik: The case for signing Walker

The most important off-the-field decision facing the Pirates is the status Russell Martin, who will be a free agent at the end of the

6 days ago


Bob Smizik: Liriano looking sharp!

Observations on the Pirates and their 6-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers last night at PNC Park.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Is Ike the answer?

On one issue concerning the Pirates there is near-total agreement: First base has been a glaring weakness this season.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Davis for Sanchez makes no sense

Observations on the Pirates and on their 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers last night at PNC Park.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Do Pirates need a right fielder?

It's 10 days to the most fascinating and newsworthy date on the baseball calendar -- July 31, which is the non-waiver trading deadline.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Don't overlook Morton in Pirates' win

It was widely acknowledged at the All-Star break that the Pirates‘‍ two biggest weaknesses were at first base and in the bullpen. The

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: The day The Deacon went 18

Today marks the 59th anniversary of one of the greatest individual feats in the more than 100-year history of Pirates baseball.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Liriano's start against Rockies encouraging

The return of Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano remains a work in progress but the most recent signs are encouraging.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Lower the mound!

Nobody asked me, but . . .

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Keys to second-half success

Prior to the injuries to Yadier Molina  and Brandon Phillips, the Pirates looked to be the fourth-best team in the Central Division.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Asking for ‘Ask Bob’ questions

It’s question-seeking time. 'Ask Bob’ has gained favor with some readers and it will be making a summer run with your cooperation.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Pedro’s surprising stats

The most disappointing -- as opposed to the worst -- player this season, there’s a strong chance the winner would have been Pedro Alvarez.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Pirates can win NL Central

It was not the kindest half season. They staggered through the first month and then staggered to the finish line of the first half.

2 weeks ago


McCutchen's legend keeps on growing

It was the very definition of putting your team on your back and carrying it to victory, and it was done with the greatest of ease.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Pirates collapse, lose to Reds, 6-5

Where to begin with this latest Pirates’ loss, 6-5 to the  Reds, which was a crushing defeat in a game that seemed an almost-certain win?

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Nobody asked me, but . . .

Nobody asked me, but . . .

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: What was Hurdle thinking? Part II

Clint Hurdle brought Ernesto Frieri into a bases-loaded, one-out situation against the Cardinals with the Pirates trailing by two runs.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Frieri does his thing!

Ten random thoughts on the Pirates and their 5-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals last night:

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Whose spot does Liriano take?

In a rehab start at Indianapolis, Francisco Liriano, the Pirates ace gone bad, was outstanding.

3 weeks ago


 Andrew McCutchen and the fans had plenty to smile about after his Sunday triple and the team's sweep of the Phillies.

Bob Smizik: Time to smell the roses

The article originally planned for today was going to address the black hole on the Pirates known as first base.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Pirates need a closer

As the Pirates keep rolling -- their latest a 3-2 win over Philadelphia -- they have the look of a team almost without a weakness. Almost.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Cole's injury not believed serious

For five innings Gerrit Cole looked to be back as the stud starter he was late last season and into the playoffs.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: What was Hurdle thinking?

Eight random thoughts on the Pirates and the game that really, really got away.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: About first base and right field

The Pirates keep on winning -- 5-1 last night over the Arizona Diamondbacks to move within six games of first-place Milwaukee.

4 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Nobody asked me, but . . .

There were heroes galore for the Pirates last night, as they overcame a 2-0 deficit by scoring three in the ninth to beat Arizona.

4 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Pirates' strengths, needs

It’s July, which means speculation on deadline trades shifts to a more serious level.

1 month ago



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