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Cherington on Pirates: scouting will drive success

Nov. 18, 2019 5:55 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Cherington earned three World Series rings with the Boston Red Sox, the last as general manager of the 2013 club that raced from worst to first. The challenge that lies ahead for Cherington with the Pittsburgh Pirates will be different. The market is smaller. So are the resources...

Vera Clemente, Roberto Clemente’s widow, has died

Nov. 16, 2019 10:18 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Vera Clemente, the widow of Hall of Fame outfielder Roberto Clemente and a goodwill ambassador for Major League Baseball, has died. She was 78. MLB and the Pittsburgh Pirates announced her death Saturday. She died in San Juan, Puerto Rico. MLB says Vera Clemente had health issues...

AP source: Pirates agree to hire Ben Cherington as GM

Nov. 15, 2019 4:40 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pirates have agreed to hire Ben Cherington as their general manager, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Friday because the agreement had not been announced. Pittsburgh scheduled a news conference on...

Pirates exercise 2020 options on Marte, Archer

Nov. 4, 2019 6:05 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pirates have exercised their 2020 options on pitcher Chris Archer and center fielder Starling Marte. Archer is scheduled to make $9 million next season and Marte $11.5 million following Pittsburgh's decisions Monday. A 31-year-old right-hander, Archer has struggled since joining the...

Pirates claim former Rockies reliever Howard off waivers

Oct. 30, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed reliever Sam Howard off waivers from Colorado. The 26-year-old left-hander is 2-0 with 24 strikeouts, 13 walks and a 5.87 ERA in 24 career appearances since making his major league debut in 2018. He spent the majority of 2019 with Colorado's Triple-A...

Pirates president looks to 'crack the code,' build a winner

Oct. 29, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The new president of the Pittsburgh Pirates is confident owner Bob Nutting is committed to winning. Travis Williams, who succeeds Frank Coonelly on Nov. 1, says his job is to put the right people in place to help the Pirates climb back into contention. His first order of business will be...

Pirates fire GM Neal Huntington, shake front office again

Oct. 28, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Neal Huntington, Frank Coonelly and Clint Hurdle sparked a baseball renaissance in Pittsburgh. The general manager, team president and charismatic manager helped a moribund franchise emerge from two decades of losing to briefly become a contender. Beginning in 2016, however, the momentum...

Pirates part ways with president Coonelly after 12 years

Oct. 23, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Frank Coonelly's 12-year run as president of the Pittsburgh Pirates is over after another losing season. The club announced Wednesday that it is parting ways with Coonelly effective immediately. The team said Coonelly's replacement will be introduced on Monday. He helped oversee a brief...

NFL reaches West Coast, is fairly stable despite war in '40s

Oct. 4, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

A look at the NFL's third decade, the 1940s: FRANCHISES The NFL reached the West Coast for the first time when the defending champion Cleveland Rams moved to Los Angeles for the 1946 season. After stabilizing for the first time in the late 1930s, the league was mostly unchanged in its third decade except for...

Pirates fire pitching coach Searage, bench coach Prince

Oct. 3, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have fired pitching coach Ray Searage and bench coach Tom Prince. The club announced the decision Thursday. The moves came four days after the team fired manager Clint Hurdle. The Pirates slumped to a 69-93 finish in 2019 due in part to injuries that ravaged the...