By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media
Morning, Lunatics …
>> The TribLIVE Radio show today — 2-3 p.m. — will open with your calls, and the topics, as always, are up to you. Call me at 412-320-7925. Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can’t call. But I’d rather hear from you.
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And at 2:45, we’ll have more wit and wisdom from our @SuckMeter.
>> Chuck Noll is laid to rest. Beat man Alan Robinson covers the news from St. Paul Cathedral.
No one will cover this event’s emotion with the heart shown by columnist Joe Starkey this morning. I dare say, this is required reading.
Over on the South Side, minicamp opened with a Troy Polamalu sighting. Kaboly reports.
Joey Porter tutoring Jarvis Jones? Yeah, sounds right. Kaboly has that, too.
>> Jason Grilli blows another one, by beat man Rob Biertempfel at PNC Park.
For all the complaining and conspiracy-weaving that’s gone on all summer, the one player most singularly responsible for the Pirates being below .500 right now is one that few have mentioned until recently. And now, after this game, I’m sure that’ll grow.
Grilli’s been lousy all season. This isn’t new. You can say it’s 2 mph lost off his fastball. I don’t see that as any kind of backbreaker. The bottom line either way: It’s time for Clint Hurdle to reduce his role. On this night, in fairness, Hurdle put Grilli out there in a tie game. Tony Watson wasn’t available, but maybe that’s how it’ll play out going forward, where Grilli is more the bridge guy. Or middle innings. The change has to be concrete, and it’s got to happen now. Factor Mark Melancon into that, too.
There’s a lot that I’ve seen in Grilli that I haven’t liked for a long while, but I can’t honestly say I thought it would play out on the field as it clearly has. It’s an immense disappointment to a lot of people, inside and outside that clubhouse. And no, I’m not isolating on the writing of a book. Other people write books. Other people promote books. It’s just a general change, and a sweeping one at that.
Neil Walker is regaining strength, by Karen Price.
Here’s Reds news from the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Here are official game highlights on MLB.com.
>> Ulf Samuelsson and several others are on the Penguins’ list of coaching candidates. Some outstanding reporting here by beat man Rob Rossi.
>> Jamie Dixon found his new assistant. Pitt basketball beat man Kevin Gorman interviews Marlon ‘Smoke’ Williamson.
>> Hope to hear from you on the show today. Thank you, as always, for reading.