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Here are the Bucs' best regular-season starts

@adamdberry
January 18, 2021

PITTSBURGH -- It’s been more than two decades since the Pirates’ last no-hitter, and they’re still waiting on their first official perfect game. But their long history contains some of the most unique, unforgettable pitching performances that baseball has ever seen. There’s Harvey Haddix and his nearly perfect game. There

Did you know? Fun facts about PNC Park

@adamdberry
January 16, 2021

PITTSBURGH -- There are plenty of things you probably already know about PNC Park. For starters, it’s always in the conversation -- if not leading the conversation -- when you talk about the best ballparks in America. It is a beauty, located in the North Shore neighborhood with a perfectly

The Bucs' best 1-game hitting performances

@adamdberry
January 11, 2021

PITTSBURGH – Many of the best offensive performances in Pirates history belong to exactly the players you’d expect to dominate a game at the plate. Willie Stargell. Roberto Clemente. Ralph Kiner. Andrew McCutchen. Superstars are capable of greatness over an extended period of time, yes, and sometimes they just make

Why Pittsburgh's teams wear black and gold

@adamdberry
January 8, 2021

PITTSBURGH -- When you think of Pittsburgh’s sports teams, two phrases might come to mind: “City of Champions” and “black and gold.” The Steelers, Penguins and Pirates all proudly wear black and gold in Pittsburgh, the only city in the United States in which all the major professional teams share

Here's the Bucs' all-time single-season team

@adamdberry
January 4, 2021

PITTSBURGH -- What would the Pirates’ dream lineup look like? You’re probably thinking about an infield of Willie Stargell, Bill Mazeroski, Honus Wagner and Pie Traynor playing in front of an outfield of Ralph Kiner, Max Carey and Roberto Clemente. If you’ve got room for a designated hitter, maybe you

Best Pirates of all time, by uniform number

@adamdberry
December 28, 2020

PITTSBURGH -- For some players, names and numbers are interchangeable in conversation. You can’t see “21” in Pittsburgh’s black and gold without thinking of Roberto Clemente. No. 8? That’s Willie Stargell. Bill Mazeroski is No. 9, and there will never be another in Pittsburgh. But what about all the other

How the Pittsburgh Pirates got their name

@adamdberry
December 21, 2020

PITTSBURGH – What’s in a team nickname? For some sports franchises, the origin is obvious and needs no explaining. “Phillies” is short for “Philadelphians,” an easily understood name for the baseball team on the other side of Pennsylvania. Other names, like the Pittsburgh Penguins, were the result of a selection

Bill Mazeroski's top 10 career moments

@goodforball
December 14, 2020

Bill Mazeroski was different from every ballplayer who ever existed, and not just because of the gob of chewing tobacco that distended his cheek and appeared to be lodged there. All would-be Major Leaguers dream of homering in the ninth inning of Game 7 to win the World Series. Mazeroski

The best Pirates pitching season of every era

@adamdberry
December 14, 2020

PITTSBURGH -- There are no pitchers in the Hall of Fame wearing a Pirates cap, and Pittsburgh has only featured two National League Cy Young Award winners: Vern Law in 1960 and Doug Drabek in 1990. But that doesn’t mean the club's history is devoid of quality pitchers who have

History of Pirates' Rule 5 Draft picks

@adamdberry
December 9, 2020

The Pirates have the distinction of having made the best and most famous Rule 5 Draft pick of all time: Roberto Clemente. A lot about the Rule 5 Draft has changed since Branch Rickey plucked the future Hall of Famer and baseball icon from the Brooklyn Dodgers’ system in 1954.

Pirates' Top 5 Winter Meetings moves

@adamdberry
December 7, 2020

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates aren’t typically a team that will “win the offseason.” Even during their successful run of postseason appearances from 2013-15, Pittsburgh built a roster around young players, shrewd signings and opportunistic acquisitions. So the Pirates are rarely, if ever, the stars of the annual Winter Meetings, the

History behind Pirates statues at PNC Park

Wagner, Clemente, Stargell, Mazeroski immortalized in bronze
@adamdberry
December 5, 2020

PITTSBURGH -- They’ve been immortalized in Cooperstown and in the memories of baseball fans. They are also an essential part of the experience at Pittsburgh’s beautiful PNC Park, as their bronze likenesses surround the ballpark on the north shore of the Allegheny River. Honus Wagner, the inaugural-class Hall of Famer

Bucs position players with the best seasons

@adamdberry
November 30, 2020

PITTSBURGH -- Whether you prefer the early 1900s greatness of Honus Wagner, the early ‘90s dominance of Barry Bonds, the graceful excellence of Roberto Clemente or the powerful presences of Ralph Kiner and Willie Stargell, there’s no doubt that the Pirates have had some historically great position players take the

Facts & figures on every Allegheny River HR

@adamdberry
November 19, 2020

PITTSBURGH -- The shortest distance from PNC Park’s home plate to the Allegheny River, according to the Pirates, is 456 feet -- straight down the right-field line. That proximity to the water has created a tantalizing target for left-handed power hitters over the years, no different than the “splash hits”

Pirates’ top players with a case for the Hall

@adamdberry
November 16, 2020

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates’ greatest players have a place in Cooperstown. Honus Wagner was part of the Hall of Fame’s first class. The Hall waived its mandatory five-year waiting period to elect Roberto Clemente in 1973, less than a year after his tragic death. Willie Stargell, Paul Waner, Arky Vaughan,

Revisiting Roberto Clemente's greatest moments

Hall of Famer and Latino icon made MLB debut 65 years ago
@NathalieMLB
September 9, 2020

Roberto Clemente made his Major League debut on April 17, 1955, batting third and playing right field for the Pirates in the first game of a doubleheader against the Dodgers. In his first at-bat, the 20-year-old Clemente legged out an infield single on a ball to Brooklyn shortstop Pee Wee

Pirates' Joe L. Brown: 'The consummate GM'

@adamdberry
June 23, 2020

No one loves a good debate quite like baseball fans, and with that in mind, we asked each of our beat reporters to rank the top five players by position in the history of their franchise, based on their career while playing for that club. These rankings are for fun

Pirates' Top 5 managers: Berry's take

@adamdberry
June 16, 2020

No one loves a good debate quite like baseball fans, and with that in mind, we asked each of our beat reporters to rank the top five players by position in the history of their franchise, based on their career while playing for that club. These rankings are for fun

Pirates' Top 5 relief pitchers: Berry's take

@adamdberry
June 8, 2020

No one loves a good debate quite like baseball fans, and with that in mind, we asked each of our beat reporters to rank the top five players by position in the history of their franchise, based on their career while playing for that club. These rankings are for fun

Pirates' Top 5 lefty starters: Berry’s take

@adamdberry
June 2, 2020

No one loves a good debate quite like baseball fans, and with that in mind, we asked each of our beat reporters to rank the top five players by position in the history of their franchise, based on their career while playing for that club. These rankings are for fun

Pirates’ Top 5 righty starters: Berry’s take

@adamdberry
May 26, 2020

No one loves a good debate quite like baseball fans, and with that in mind, we asked each of our beat reporters to rank the top five players by position in the history of their franchise, based on their career while playing for that club. These rankings are for fun

Pagan. Mota. Smoky. Here's Bucs' best in pinch

@adamdberry
May 19, 2020

PITTSBURGH – Over the last two months, we’ve been focused on creating an all-time Pirates lineup. We’ve ranked position players in Pittsburgh history. By participating in Twitter polls, fans put Manny Sanguillen behind the plate, Willie Stargell at first base, Bill Mazeroski at second, Pie Traynor at third, Honus Wagner

Pirates' Top 5 right fielders: Berry's take

@adamdberry
May 12, 2020

No one loves a good debate quite like baseball fans, and with that in mind, we asked each of our beat reporters to rank the top five players by position in the history of their franchise, based on their career while playing for that club. These rankings are for fun

Pirates’ Top 5 center fielders: Berry's take

@adamdberry
May 5, 2020

No one loves a good debate quite like baseball fans, and with that in mind, we asked each of our beat reporters to rank the top five players by position in the history of their franchise, based on their career while playing for that club. These rankings are for fun

Pirates’ Top 5 left fielders: Berry's take

@adamdberry
April 28, 2020

No one loves a good debate quite like baseball fans, and with that in mind, we asked each of our beat reporters to rank the top five players by position in the history of their franchise, based on their career while playing for that club. These rankings are for fun