John Mehno

Mehno: Pirates’ next TV deal needs to be fruitful

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates’ TV deal is up for renewal after next season, and what happens with that could have an impact on franchise finances for at least a decade. The Pirates are currently in a contract with AT&T Sports Net. It’s been reported — but never confirmed — that it ...

Injuries can happen at nearly any time

PITTSBURGH — It was just a routine practice on the last day of Steelers training camp in Latrobe. Business as usual, a sleepy day in the monotonous drudgery of training camp. Next thing anybody knew, Ben Roethlisberger was being checked for a concussion and everything changed. A big ...

Don’t expect Pirates to honor Bonds

PITTSBURGH — The San Francisco Giants retired Barry Bonds’ number 25 Saturday night. Should the Pirates do the same with the No. 24 Bonds wore during his seven seasons in Pittsburgh? Oh, if only all the questions were this easy. The answer is an emphatic no. Bonds was excellent in ...

Owens not worth making special rule

PITTSBURGH — Terrell Owens skipped the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony over the weekend. But here’s an upset: They went ahead with the event anyway. Owens was pouting because he wasn’t voted in until his third try. A lot of people thinking being selected is an honor, ...

Kela, Archer need to back up enthusiasm

PITTSBURGH — MLB players have 72 hours to report to their new team after being traded. It’s right there in the labor agreement. Reliever Keone Kela almost stretched that clock to the max when he reported to PNC Park on Friday afternoon. The deal to acquire him from the Texas Rangers was ...

Mehno: Huntington makes bold moves this time

PITTSBURGH — Neal Huntington did more than just acquire two pitchers on Tuesday. He jolted the team’s fan base, and he destroyed the myth that he is unwilling to trade prospects to get help for the major league club. The Pirates added starter Chris Archer and reliever Keone Kela at the ...

Bucs won’t be making any big deals

PITTSBURGH — Buyers or sellers? That’s the most overused and useless phrase since “Face of the Franchise.” The MLB non-waiver trade deadline arrives Tuesday at 4 p.m., not a moment too soon. But let’s not forget — there’s a whole other month to make trades, even though ...

You shouldn’t be missing McCutchen

PITTSBURGH — Oh, the anguish and hand wringing that were going on in January, and not just because the Steelers were knocked out of the playoffs. The Pirates traded Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants. “He was the Face of the Franchise. He was their best player. He was their only ...

Mehno: Harrison merely stated the obvious

PITTSBURGH — Wait a minute ... James Harrison said Bill Belichick is a better coach than Mike Tomlin? That’s not exactly breaking news, not even by the TV standards, which apply that tag to a flat tire at rush hour. Belichick’s teams have won five Super Bowls. Tomlin’s Steelers have ...

No reason to be angry at Bell

PITTSBURGH — Don’t be mad at Le’Veon Bell. Yes, he’s turned down more money than most of us will ever see. He’s doing that in the hope of breaking the bank as a free agent next summer, which is a risky strategy. But he’s willing to assume that risk, and how can you fault him for ...

Sid not really a kid anymore

PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby turns 31 in a few weeks. In a lot of ways, he’s still Sid the Kid, the 18-year-old phenom who came to town in 2005 — he’s driven to succeed, consumed by hockey and one of the NHL’s elite players. But he’s different, too. He owns a mansion instead of ...

Mehno: Baseball has some big-time problems

PITTSBURGH — Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe woke up from a baseball-induced nap the other day and came to a conclusion: Baseball is in trouble. It’s become, he wrote, “a sanctuary of senior citizens.” As someone who looks forward to claiming every old guy discount available, ...

For starters, Bucs have problems

PITTSBURGH — If the Pirates had to win one game to save the city, what pitcher would you start? Exactly. That’s the biggest problem on a team that has many. There is no No. 1 starter. There really isn’t a genuine No. 2, and there might not be a legitimate No. 3, either. The current ...

A 17-1 loss counts like any other loss

PITTSBURGH — Monday night’s final score was 17-1, not that you were likely around to see that become official. Los Angeles Dodgers 17, Pirates 1. It was that ugly, too, as the pitching staff got beat up. Somehow, the Pirates got through the ordeal without having to use a position player ...

Pens to make risky free agent move

PITTSBURGH — Barring a last-minute hitch, the Penguins will sign defenseman Jack Johnson today when NHL free agency officially opens. That would mean their biggest offseason acquisition is a player who was a healthy scratch in the playoffs by the Columbus Blue Jackets. That doesn’t ...

Pirates fans may be losing focus

By Mike Fitzpatrick The Associated Press NEW YORK — Wilmer Flores singled home the winning run in the 10th inning and the New York Mets stopped their seven-game losing streak Tuesday night, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-3, hours after general manager Sandy Alderson stepped down ...

Bucs sellers or buyers? Not clear yet

PITTSBURGH — Will the Pirates be buyers or sellers at the MLB non-waiver trade deadline? Easy question. It’s too soon to tell. The deadline doesn’t arrive until July 31 and there’s a lot of baseball to be played between now and then. The Pirates could win 10 of 12 and find ...

Pitcher’s act shouldn’t get high praise

PITTSBURGH — It’s a lonely feeling, being one of the few people in America not emotionally moved by the video of the high school pitcher rushing to embrace the batter he just struck out. It was all over TV last week. In a Minnesota high school game, the pitcher struck out the batter to ...

Proving your point costly for Pirates

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates made a point. They stuck up for themselves. They served notice. They also helped themselves lose another ball game. If you weren’t watching Monday night’s series opener in Phoenix, Diamondbacks pitcher Braden Shipley didn’t have the best control. He threw a ...

Penguins fans starting to feel the pain

PITTSBURGH — It’s a double whammy spring for Penguins fans. Not only did they deal with the disappointment of their team’s second-round playoff exit, they had to watch Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals skating with the Stanley Cup. Ouch, that hurts. The last hope for ...