Former Bucco Travis Snider Retires After Eight Big League Seasons

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Travis Snider says he has retired after eight major league seasons. Snider turns 34 on Feb. 2. He last played in the major leagues in 2015 with Pittsburgh. He spent last season with the Atlanta Braves’ Triple-A farm team at Gwinnett and hit .174 with four home runs and 15 RBIs in 138 at-bats. Snider was the 14th overall pick by the Blue Jays in the 2006 amateur draft. He had a .244 average with 54 homers and 212 RBIs for Toronto, Pittsburgh and Baltimore.

Pirates Looking to Enhance Fan Experience with Outfield Upgrades

(File Photo of PNC Park Taken by Frank Sparks)

(Pittsburgh, Pa.) The Pittsburgh Pirates are looking to enhance the fan experience at PNC Park next season and are giving the outfield sections a facelift.

The changes expected will include new food concepts at concession stands, casual seating, tributes to iconic players in Pirates’ history, and more children’s play areas.
The upgrades are expected to be completed by next season.

Pirates, catcher Roberto Pérez reach 1-year deal

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By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates didn’t waste time finding a replacement for Gold Glove catcher Jacob Stallings. A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press the Pirates have agreed to a 1-year deal worth $5 million with former Cleveland catcher Roberto Pérez. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced. The 32-year-old Pérez won Gold Gloves in 2019 and 2020 with Cleveland but struggled at the plate with just .149 with seven home runs and 17 RBIs in 44 games in 2021. The Guardians declined his $7 million option for 2022.

Hammerin’ Braves Rout Astros to Win 1st WS Crown Cince 1995

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 11:00 AM
By BEN WALKER AP Baseball Writer
HOUSTON (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have won their first World Series championship since 1995, hammering the Houston Astros 7-0 in Game 6. Jorge Soler hit his third home run of the Series, and Freddie Freeman and Dansby Swanson also connected. Max Fried threw six dominant innings in the signature pitching performance of the Series. Steadied by 66-year-old manager Brian Snitker, an organization man for four decades, the underdog Braves won the franchise’s fourth title. Consider it a tribute to the greatest Braves player of them all, Mr. Hank Aaron. The Hall of Fame slugger died Jan. 22 at 86, still rooting for his old team, and his legacy was stamped all over this Series.

Link for South Fayette @ Moon, Friday October 1, 2021 @6:30 PM on WMBA and Trib-Live

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1460 WMBA’s Mike Azadian and  and Bruce Frey have the call from Moon High School of this WPIAL Class 5A Allegheny Six Conference high school football game as the Tigers battle the Lions.

Steele cruises, Cubs send Pirates to 100th loss in 9-0 rout

Steele cruises, Cubs send Pirates to 100th loss in 9-0 rout
By WES CROSBY Associated Press
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Justin Steele breezed through seven shutout innings and the Chicago Cubs scored six runs in the second inning Thursday night, beating Pittsburgh 9-0 and sending the Pirates to their 100th loss of the season. Steele (4-4) struck out seven and gave up four hits on 76 pitches. Pittsburgh joined Texas, Baltimore and Arizona, giving the MLB four 100-loss teams for the third time, after 2002 and 2019. Sergio Alcántara had three RBIs, two coming on a homer off Miguel Yajure (0-2) in the second.

STAND UP TO CANCER TO AUCTION OFF RARE OPPORTUNITY TO THROW CEREMONIAL FIRST PITCH AT 2021 WORLD SERIES

(LOS ANGELES, Ca) Stand Up To Cancer® (SU2C) is offering one lucky bidder the rare opportunity to throw out a ceremonial first pitch before a game of the 2021 World Series as part of the Bid 2 End Cancer auction series. The ceremonial first pitch at the Fall Classic typically is an exclusive honor often reserved for Presidents, Olympians and celebrities, but this year will feature a generous fan who makes a significant contribution in the fight against cancer.

The coveted First Pitch auction package offers a VIP experience from start to finish, including four tickets to the World Series game selected by MLB for this opportunity. The winning bidder and three guests will get the VIP treatment with first-class airfare, ground transportation and hotel rooms all provided (terms and restrictions apply). They’ll also have the opportunity to be a part of a VIP meet-and-greet arranged by MLB. The First Pitch auction opens on October 1 at 10:00 p.m. CDT and closes on October 26 at 10:30 p.m. CDT.

Bid 2 End Cancer features extraordinary keepsakes courtesy of MLB and MLB Clubs, such as signed, game-worn jerseys from some of baseball’s biggest names, other autographed memorabilia and more.

Proceeds raised from this auction will support Stand Up To Cancer’s innovative cancer research programs. Stand Up To Cancer, with the support of MLB and other collaborators, is making strides in   developing new, more effective treatments so all cancer patients can become long-term survivors.

“Stand Up To Cancer is excited to collaborate with Major League Baseball on this once in a lifetime opportunity to throw a ceremonial first pitch at this year’s World Series,” said SU2C Co-Founder Rusty Robertson. “MLB as our founding donor has always shared our ‘out of the box thinking’ when it comes to eradicating cancer and engaging the public. From our iconic placard moment to their gift to throw out the first pitch, MLB has been an extraordinary partner in the fight against cancer.”

Noah Garden, Chief Revenue Officer, Major League Baseball, said: “Major League Baseball is proud to be an original and longstanding partner of Stand Up To Cancer, an organization whose groundbreaking research is literally saving lives. The Stand Up Moments at our Jewel Events are some of the best highlights of our seasons, and we are thrilled to add this new component to our Fall Classic.  We know the generosity of baseball fans is going to show out in a big way through this auction. We look forward to providing a memorable experience to the winning bidder and their loved ones.”

“Heritage Auctions has been enormously proud to partner with Stand Up to Cancer and Major League Baseball to raise money for cancer research,” said Heritage Sports founder and president Chris Ivy. “This collaboration has allowed us to bring top-tier sports collectibles to fans around the world, and we’re beyond thrilled that we can cap this momentous event with the unrivaled opportunity to throw out the first pitch at a World Series game.”

Bid 2 End Cancer is being administered by Heritage Auctions. For additional information and to register to receive updates, please visit StandUpToCancer.org/Auction.

Safe at home: Bednar’s rise rare bright spot for Pirates

Safe at home: Bednar’s rise rare bright spot for Pirates
By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates reliever David Bednar has revived his career with his hometown team. Bednar arrived in Pittsburgh last January as part of a deal that sent starter Joe Musgrove to the Padres. The 26-year-old from the northern Pittsburgh suburbs has evolved into one of the team’s most dependable relievers. Bednar entered the final week of the season with a 3-1 record and a 2.11 ERA in 60 appearances. He has been named the team’s pitcher of the year. Bednar says he hopes to keep the momentum going into next season.

Contreras 3 RBIs, Cubs beat Pirates, end 7-game losing skid

Contreras 3 RBIs, Cubs beat Pirates, end 7-game losing skid
By JOHN PERROTTO Associated Press
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Willson Contreras drove in all of the Cubs’ run as Chicago beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 to end a seven-game losing streak. Contreras’ two-run double high off the right-field wall in the seventh inning rallied the Cubs from a 2-1 deficit. He also accounted for the game’s first run with a long sacrifice fly to center field in the fifth. Bryan Reynolds became the first Pirates player to hit two triples in a game since Josh Harrison in 2014. Pittsburgh fell to 59-99, putting the Pirates on the brink of the ninth 100-loss season in franchise history.

Pirates Beat Cubs 8-6

Pirates beat Cubs 8-6 as Chicago’s skid reaches seven games
By JOHN PERROTTO Associated Press
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Colin Moran hit a three-run home run and drove in four runs as the Pittsburgh Pirates dealt the Cubs their seventh straight loss, rallying to beat Chicago 8-6 on Tuesday night. Moran’s homer, his 10th of the season, to deep center field in the first inning opened the scoring. The Pirates scored four runs in the sixth for a 7-6 lead. Moran singled home an insurance run in the seventh and reached base four times. Bryan Reynolds had three hits and scored three times for Pittsburgh, which won for the second time in six games.