Trib’s MLB/Pirates preview

Clint Hurdle talks with bob nutting

Pirates owner Bottom-Line Bob Nutting: ‘We ended up with the season we did because the team and organization underperformed the level of talent that we had. I don’t think it was nearly so much that we didn’t have sufficient talent to make the run. We had some very good players who did not perform up to the expectations that we had. I really think it’s far more execution than what we had put together.’

My MLB preview column is on how, in some ways, Pirates owner Bottom-Line Bob Nutting is right that the players underperformed last season — and why the stars need to bounce back with a vengeance.

Chad Kuhl gives up HR to Ben Zobrist

The chasm between the Pirates and first-place Chicago Cubs was 30.5 games. It was the Pirates’ biggest division deficit since 2010, when the team amassed 105 losses and finished 34 games behind Cincinnati Reds

How can the Pirates catch the Cubs in the NL Central? Pirates beat writer Rob Biertempfel provides the answers.

MLB writers examine the burning issues in the NL Central

Neal Huntington

Pirates GM Neal Huntington: ‘About a week in was when one of my counterparts told me I’d have been better off taking over an expansion franchise because we could have built from scratch’

Rob Biertempfel has a Q&A with Neal Huntington, who talks about changing the culture in a decade as the Pirates general manager.

Pedro Alvarez

Pedro Alvarez was the No. 2 overall pick of the 2008 MLB Draft

Biertempfel also takes a look at Huntington’s drafts as Pirates GM.

Neil Walker

In hindsight, Neal Huntington admitted he should have taken the two minor leaguers the Mets offered for Neil Walker instead of pitcher Jon Niese. Then again, salary dumps rarely work out well

And Biertempfel examines the significant trades of the Huntington era.

Joey Cora works with Adam Frazier

Pirates infield coach Joey Cora: ‘It’s a different feeling because of Roberto Clemente. He always will be the No. 1 guy in Puerto Rico, and this organization has meant so much for the Latin American community and Puerto Rico that it’s a little burden of responsibility’

Fenway Park

The Pirates will open the season for the first time against an American League team when they face the Red Sox on Monday at Fenway Park

The Pirates prepare to open in hitter-friendly Fenway Park, writes Biertempfel.

Maz watches BP

Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski watches batting practice at Pirate City

Trib photographer Christopher Horner takes us on a Spring Training Throwback, with a photo gallery on the making of the 2017 Pirates.