Friday, May 11, 2012

Tribune-Review: There's no doubt about Pedro's Power

When Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez isn't whiffing, he's putting boaters on the Allegheny River in peril with his prodigious power.

PublicSource: Keeping the Promise

Click here to learn more about Pittsburgh Public Schools' Promise-Readiness Corps program, which aims to make more high school students eligible for up to $40,000 in college scholarship cash available through the Pittsburgh Promise.

Pop City: Top Pittsburgh Teachers

If you were fortunate enough to have a teacher who gave you the love of reading (thanks, Mrs. Donaldson) or helped you overcome a fear of fractions (much appreciated, Mr. Kestner), then you know the impact a great instructor can have on a young adult. Here are five such teachers cultivating lifelong learners in the Pittsburgh region.

Monday, March 12, 2012

March Pittsburgh Sports Report

Check out the digital debut of The Pittsburgh Sports Report! It features my cover story on the power of the playoff beard (no, really) and a sobering study on pitching prospects that suggests Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon could become Kris Benson v 2.0. But maybe not if they grow rockin' beards.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Baseball Analytics: Chapman's Starter To-Do List

What does Cincinnati Reds lefty Aroldis Chapman need to do to become a successful major league starting pitcher, other than throw 100 MPH fastballs? Find out here.

Monday, February 20, 2012

BaseballAnalytics: Tim Wakefield Tidbits

So long, Tim Wakefield: the 45-year-old knuckleball pitcher has retired. Here are some tidbits about Wakefield's career and the pitch that earned him nearly $56 million during his career. With Wake retiring, there are no active players left from the Pirates' last winning team in 1992. I'm going to go cry now.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Check out Fangraphs+ 2012

If you want to dominate your fantasy baseball league, check out Fangraphs+ 2012. You get over 1,100 player profiles, 11 in-depth articles and access to ESPN Insider articles from Fangraphs authors. All that for just $4.99!       

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012

Fangraphs: Buy Low on Jason Heyward

At 20 years old, Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward hit like Ty Cobb circa 1906. Sure, Heyward had a down 2011 season, but he's still a superstar-in-waiting. Find out why here.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Baseball Analytics: Madson's Loss is Cincy's Gain

The Cincinnati Reds signed one of the game's best closers at a bargain price. Find out more about Ryan Madson here.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Fangraphs: Viciedo Time in ChiTown

If you're into fantasy baseball, you should take a chance on Dayan Viciedo. Dude's got power and plays in a great hitter's park. Check out my Fangraphs article on "The Tank" here.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Baseball Analytics: Dumper-Dive All-Stars

Most of the big-name free agents have already signed, but there are still some bargains on the market. Check out my Dumpster-Dive All-Star team, starting with infielders

Monday, January 2, 2012

Pittsburgh Sports Report: How New Draft Rules Could Affect the Bucs

Major League Baseball just announced a new labor agreement that restricts the amount of cash teams can spend on amateur draft picks. Will that kill a team like the Pirates, who have dished out more money to draft picks to develop stars they can't afford on the free agent market? It probably won't help, but it won't be a killer either. Why? Read the full Pittsburgh Sports Report story, "Survivable Wound," here.