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Wednesday Wakeup Call: The endless lineup debate

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Morning, lunatics …

>> The Wednesday column takes on that most dreaded of baseball topics — at least as far as overfilling the inbox — and that’s picking out a lineup preference.

Included in this piece are three elements related to the Pirates’ 2013 lineup:

1. How it looks like Clint Hurdle will fill out his card April 1. That’s on the graphic at the top.

2. How I think it should look, meaning my opinion. That’s the body of the column.

3. Where the players themselves would prefer to hit. As you can see, all involved — except Pedro Alvarez, who always has hated this topic — gave a fairly firm answer.

Thought that last one might add something to the fun here, but I can also tell you that I based none of my calls on what the players wanted, even where they match. In fact, I was more than a little surprised that Starling Marte, in particular, chose No. 2.

Anyway, I’ll also welcome seeing your suggestions in the comments below.

>> Here’s video of Hurdle answering my question about valuing on-base skills at leadoff …

>> Here’s the TribLIVE Radio show podcast from out in the right-field corner yesterday, featuring special guest A.J. Burnett. Thanks to all who emailed!

>> And finally out of all this, here’s the news notebook feature that focused on Gerrit Cole’s day, accompanied neatly by this vid of Cole’s postgame …

>> The amazing Chicago Blackhawks are a wonderful story for all of sports, not just the NHL. Too bad the circus at ESPN saw fit to denigrate them.

On that note, Hallelujah.

>> Elsewhere in pucks, if you missed what Eric Fehr pulled off last night in D.C. …

>> All kinds of developments on the Penguins’ front, not least of which is Beau Bennett being assigned to the Evgeni Malkin-James Neal line. It’s overdue but welcome nonetheless.

>> Also welcome is the Steelers working to restructure with James Harrison. Ideally, all these old guys are replaced with the wave of a wand with a ton of new guys, but we don’t live in an ideal world. Instead, we live in a world where the local football roster isn’t exactly overflowing with pass-rushers.

>> On the first day of Pitt spring drills, Rushel Shell’s future impact is gauged by our Jerry DiPaola.

>> This will be my final day in Florida. Flying home tonight after Pirates-Red Sox here in the south of the state.

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Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.

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