Smizik on Sports

Smizik on Sports


 Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neil Huntington.

Bob Smizik: How a winner was built

Even since Neal Huntington came on board as general manager of the Pirates, the message delivered was loud, clear and simple.

about 10 hours ago


 If the Steelers have a losing season, a distinct possibility, Bob Smizik writes, the clock on Mike Tomlin's job might start ticking in 2015.

Bob Smizik: When does clock start ticking on Tomlin?

Nobody asked me, but . . .

1 day ago


Bob Smizik: Steelers stunned and humiliated

What was widely expected to be a laugher, turned out to be a crier -- and the joke’s on the Steelers.

1 day ago


Bob Smizik: Morneau backs into batting title

If there is such a thing as trying to back into a batting title, that’s what Justin Morneau and the Colorado Rockies are doing. At the

2 days ago


Black Saturday: Pirates, Pitt, PSU lose

It was an ugly day for sports in the Pittsburgh region: The Pirates lost to Cincinnati, 10-6, in extra innings; Pitt was stunned by

2 days ago


Pirates secure wildcard home game; still chasing St. Louis

If the Pirates can tie St. Louis, the teams will meet Monday in a playoff game.

3 days ago


Bob Smizik: Volquez brilliant as Pirates roll on

If it comes down to Edinson Volquez, and it might, the Pirates could do worse -- much worse.

4 days ago


Bob Smizik: Surprises and disappointments

After a 6-2 loss to Atlanta -- lowlighted by a ineffective starter Jeff Locke and an injury that forced Russell Martin to leave the game.

5 days ago


Bob Smizik: Cole makes clinching sweeter

The good news was not just that the Pirates clinched a playoff spot for the second straight season

6 days ago


Bob Smizik: Where have all the bats gone?

The bats that carried the Pirates to where they are today have handed off the heavy lifting to the pitching staff.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Evaluating Pirates' chances

The Pirates are in the playoffs. At the very least they will be playing a wildcard game on Oct. 1.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Steelers stun Carolina

The season of great despair all of sudden has become the season of unsuspected promise.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Worley brilliant in 1-0 win

The ugly spectre of retaliation baseball never was a factor as the Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers met today at PNC Park.

1 week ago


 Andrew McCutchen reacts after being hit in the left arm by a pitch from Brewers starting pitcher Matt Garza during the fifth inning Saturday night at PNC Park.

Bob Smizik: Tough loss to Brewers

Having won 12 of their previous 14, the Pirates were overdue for a loss. But that doesn’t take any of the sting out of their 1-0 defeat

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Russell Martin, Pirates MVP

Not Andrew McCutchen. Not Josh Harrison. The clutch catcher whose contract expires at the end of the season.

1 week ago


 Starter Gerrit Cole delivers against the Red Sox Thursday night at PNC Park.

Bob Smizik: Pirates primed for final 10

This higher level of play puts them in a good place for the final 10 games of the season.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Kershaw for MVP

Nobody asked me, but . . .

1 week ago


 Peter Diana/Post-Gazette 7/19/14 PITTSBURGH: Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton delivers against the Colorado Rockies at PNC Park Pittsburgh PA.

Bob Smizik: Morton gamble pays off

The Pirates much second-guessed decision to not only bring Charlie Morton off the disabled list to start against the Boston Red Sox .

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: The value of Russell Martin

From a fan’s standpoint, there have been better Pirates players in recent years than Russell Martin.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Can hitting carry the Pirates?

The conventional wisdom is that the Pirates, should they make the postseason.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Pirates lose, but don't overlook Neil Walker

Neil Walker received a lot of criticism for his feeble offensive performances against left-handed pitching in 2012 and 2013.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Complaints about Pirates offense off-target

The seven runs they scored against the Chicago Cubs last night at PNC Park, in a 7-3 win, gave the Pirates 624 for the season.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: All things possible for Pirates

The Pirates are in second place in the NL Central, 2 1/2 games behind St. Louis.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Offense collapses, Steelers routed

The loss to the Ravens when the Steelers offense could muster only six points -- two stinking field goals -- was totally not understandable.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Goodell should be replaced

Nobody asked me, but . . .

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Old story -- bullpen falters

The last-place Phillies had a better bullpen than the second-place Pirates.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Is this Marte’s coming-out party?

Random thoughts on the Pirates and on their 6-4 win over Philadelphia Monday night, which kept them in second-place in the wild-card

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Humiliation avoided -- narrowly

Absolute dominance became utter incompetence. Big Ben became Bad Ben.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: As Steelers open, Pirates try to close

The first Sunday in September -- the Steelers open their season; the Pirates are in the late stages of trying to successfully close down

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Panthers impressive; Pirates still alive

Nobody asked me, but . . .

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: If not Martin, who catches?

This is the second edition of the latest Ask Bob series, where I answer questions posed by readers.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Pirates hopes alive, but barely

For teams with championship aspirations, four-game losing streaks are not ideal in early September.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Hope fading for Pirates

The stand-pat strategy of general manager Neal Huntington is fair game in critiquing the recent losing play of the Pirates.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: All is not lost

Some losses register more than others, and this might be one of them.

4 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: September baseball -- all a fan can ask

The Pirates are within relatively easy distance of a championship, and if not that at least a playoff berth.

4 weeks ago



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