Bucs have a “Sixth Sense” about 2015 season

Snapshots and quick shots from Spring Training … 
Buccos club president Frank Coonelly and GM Neal Huntington have both been heard dropping references to wanting to bring another World Series championship to Pittsburgh, because it would make six and thus also match the Steelers’ Super Bowl rings.
OK, then, we’ve got the 2015 motto: “Sixth Sense.”
“I see Deadbirds?”
The Pirates are hoping for an NCAA bid. No, not Seton Hall’s. Pittsburgh’s.

We always knew Huntington and Clint Hurdle loved big arms. Those in camp this spring are attached to some big bodies.

Tyler Glasnow is 6-foot-8. Josh Wall is 6-foot-6, and you could assemble an entire staff, not to mention a backcourt, with the 6-foot-5 guys (among them Jameson Taillon, Nick Kingham and Clayton Richard).

Then, there are the Tall Brothers, 6-9 John Holdzkom and 6-7 Jared Hughes:

You can read about their unique kinship on MLB.com tomorrow.

About those NCAAs? The Bucs should at least be on the bubble. … 

The mean temperature in Pittsburgh during February was 18.9 degrees. Only one February on record has been colder in the city’s history: 1979, at 18.0 degrees. Hmmm … wonder what else happened in Pittsburgh that year? … 

Whoever inherited Jeff Banister’s chore of making out the Bucs’ practice schedules and lineups could use spell-check. The other day’s batting practice rotation included a “Florimom” and the Gold’s lineup for tomorrow’s squad game originally had “Polonco” in right … 

This is my fourth Spring Training covering the Bucs. I have never seen Pedro Alvarez in such good shape — mentally as well as physically. He’s going to own this. To borrow from another media, he’s got the X Factor. …

1 Comment

Your last paragraph, regarding Peety, is just the kind of Spring Training hopefulness that makes baseball great. I hope the home run tracker is bigger than ever this year. #WintheDiv15ion

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