EXTRA INNINGS: Keeping up with Joneses not easy for frugal Pirates
A YEAR AGO at this time, Pirate fans were fretting about the lack of quality in right field, at shortstop, and at first base.
The arrivals of Marlon Byrd and Justin Morneau led to a 2013 rousing success for the Bucs.
Now, less than two months from opening day, Pirate fans are again fretting about the lack of quality in right field, at shortstop, and at first base.
The Pirates could have re-signed the 36-year-old Byrd for two years at $8 million per, costing them $16 million.
HIGH SCHOOL WINTER SPORTS ROUNDUP: GC girls bow to Hickory
There was a period of time early in Monday night’s District 10 Region 5-AAA contest that it appeared there would be scarce scoring between Hickory High girls basketball team and Grove City.
Unfortunately for the visiting Lady Eagles, that’s exactly how it ended.
At The Hive in Hermitage, host Hickory humbled Grove City, 47-21.
EXTRA INNINGS: Writer becomes switch-hitter on subject of instant replay
OK…maybe I’ve changed my mind.
As recently as last August, this column blasted the idea of expanded instant replay in Major League Baseball. Over the years, the column has railed against anything that takes away the human element.
Just as we accept errors from players, we must take umpires’ mistakes, too.
Besides, we’ve seen enough mistakes in the current system used to determine questionable home run. And some of the missed calls have been obvious to all except those making the call.
High school winter sports roundup
High school winter sports are in full swing with boys and girls basketball, wrestling, swimming action reported to the Allied News.
Following is a look at recent results from the Mercer Countyarea:
EXTRA INNINGS: Don't look for A-Rod to ever appear on the field again
LIKE A dragged-out story on “The Young and the Restless,” the saga of Alex Rodriguez continues to play out before people who are tired of the weariness of this never-ending story.
The narrative of an admitted doper during his 2001-2003 seasons in Texas has focused on the suspensions of 14 baseball players connected to the Miami-area Biogenesis clinic, an infamous supplier to major-league baseball players of supplements banned by Major-League Baseball.
EXTRA INNINGS: Steelers still in playoff hunt — sure they are!
FACING REALITY NOT HAPPENING: Fast forward to Feb. 3, 2014. It’s the day after the Broncos and Seahawks got together for a little football game in New Jersey…and the Pittsburgh media have released their weekly Monday morning missive explaining how the Steelers can still make the 2013 playoffs.
By the end of September, the team had lost all eight games played in 2013. True, the first four were August exhibition games, but it was déjà vu after dropping their first four regular season games. Scalpers really had to work to dump those unwanted tickets.
By the first week of November, the Steelers found themselves burdened with a 2-6 mark. A three-game win streak (albeit with two of those wins against embarrassments known to all as the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns) got the playoff possibilities drooling from talk show hosts, newspaper columnists, and bloggers, each one requiring the smallest of miracles, not large ones, mind you, just semi-marvels.
Sailors make 1st PIAA playoff start
While Saturday will serve as his Sailors’ first foray into the PIAA playoffs, Lakeview High head football coach Dan York is going along for the ride, taking it all in stride.
Stopping shy of stifling a yawn, York calmly said, “We consider the playoffs the playoffs. When you make the playoffs out of our region (1-A), you’ve already gone up against some of the better teams in the state. So whether it’s the districts or state, it’s still the playoffs.”
Lakeview wins 1st ever D-10 football title
NEW WILMINGTON — Lakeview may have a long way to go to equal Sharpsville’s success in the sport of football, but the Sailors jump-started the process Friday night.
With Blake Reddick roaring into the record book, the Sailors shut out Sharpsville, 27-0, in the District 10 Class A championship game at Greyhounds Stadium.
While Sharpsville’s program has the pedigree — 8 championships and 14 title tilt appearances, plus the 1997 PIAA plateau — Lakeview launched its 1st crown since the district football playoffs’ 1985 inception.
EXTRA INNINGS: St. Louis shuffles the Cards, stacks the deck?
WHILE THE rest of the National League Central Division sits back and watches, St. Louis has shuffled the Cards with two trades, stacking the deck to become the favorite to repeat in 2014.
Although St. Louis won both its division and league pennant in 2013, outfield defense and shortstop offense worried the Cardinals throughout the season.
Last Thursday, the Cards shipped third baseman David Freese to the Angels for center fielder Peter Bourjos, considered by more than a few experts to be the best defensive centerfielder in baseball.
Lakeview tops Mercer, moves to Class A title game
NEW WILMINGTON — Pat McClearn lived Lakeview High football program’s previous gridiron glory days. Unfortunately for him on Friday night he was on the business end of the current Sailors’ resurgence.
McClearn and his Mercer High Mustangs were eliminated by Lakeview from the District 10 Class A semifinals, 52-21.
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