Mercer left as Pirates’ elder statesman after winter trades

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen (22) is greeted by teammate Jordy Mercer (10) after hitting a three-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Sunday, April 12, 2015, in Milwaukee. Brewers’ Martin Maldonado looks on. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) _ Jordy Mercer shakes his head at the notion.The 31-year-old shortstop is now the Pittsburgh Pirates’ elder statesman in terms of continuous service in the organization. Mercer was the Pirates’ third-round pick in the 2008 amateur draft from Oklahoma State and reached the major leagues four years later.Mercer inherited the title from center fielder Andrew McCutchen in January when the Pirates traded the 2013 NL MVP and five-time All-Star to the San Francisco Giants. McCutchen was Pittsburgh’s first-round pick in 2005.“I look around and I’m the last guy here, which is kind of weird feeling,” Mercer said at the Pirates’ spring training camp. “It’s a good feeling, too, to know that they still want me around after all these years.”Mercer has been a steady if unspectacular presence in the Pirates’ lineup since taking over as the starter midway through the 2013 seasons. Pittsburgh made the first of three consecutive postseason appearances that year and Mercer has hit .256 with 49 home runs over six seasons while playing solid defense.“He’s a man who is well-respected in that clubhouse,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “He shows up every day and you know what to expect.”Not much is expected of the Pirates in 2018. They are coming off back-to-back losings seasons — giving them 22 sub-.500 finishes in the last 25 years — and dealt ace right-hander Gerrit Cole to the Houston Astros in the offseason, too.While veteran infielders Josh Harrison and David Freese expressed their displeasure with the trades when they reported to spring training, Mercer is taking a more philosophical approach.“It stinks to lose Cutch and Gerrit because not only are they good players, but I’ll miss them as friends and teammates,” Mercer said. “You have to look at the positives, though. We have a lot of young guys who are hungry. They want to get better. They want to win. That’s fun.”It wasn’t all that long ago that Mercer was a young guy and learning from veteran shortstop Clint Barmes in 2013.Mercer is eligible for free agency at the end of the season and knows this could be his last year with the Pirates. There will be two former first-round picks and potential successors lined up behind him in the minor leagues with Kevin Newman slated to begin the season with Triple-A Indianapolis and Cole Tucker at Double-A Altoona.“I mean I know what’s ahead of me and you can’t act like it’s not there, but I really don’t think about it,” Mercer said. “My focus right now is on having a good season and helping the team win. That’s where my focus should be.”Mercer is also willing to help Newman and Tucker become better players, paying forward what Barmes did for him five years ago.“It’s really fun to see those guys ask questions because I’ve been in their shoes,” Mercer said. “I asked questions and I’m glad I did. I learned so much from Clint that I have a hard time even putting it into words.“Hopefully, I can pass along some of the things I’ve learned to these younger guys and maybe they can learn a few things that can help their careers.”last_img read more

Chris Archer, the Pirates’ new ace

first_imgCourier photographer Will McBride captured photos of the Pirates’ new sensation, All-Star pitcher Chris Archer, at PNC Park, Aug 3. It was his Buccos debut, after being acquired at the trade deadline from the Tampa Bay Rays. The plan is for Archer to help the Pirates not only this season, but in years to come. Like us at @NewPghCourier on Twitter

Belgium friendly stricken from the records after coach breaks rule

first_img 04/06/2014 Adnan Januzaj had his first Belgium cap stricken from the records and Romelu Lukaku’s hat-trick was wiped out after FIFA decided the country’s 5-1 win over Luxembourg was illegal. The result will not count towards the FIFA rankings either.  Rik Sharma Upd. on 10/06/2014 at 17:52 CESTcenter_img Boss Mark Wilmots made seven substitutions during the World Cup warm-up friendly in Genk on May 26 when six was the maximum allowed under the rules. Tottenham wide man Nacer Chadli and former Chelsea midfielder Kevin de Bruyne also scored in that game and their goals were ruled out too. Reserve goalkeeper Sammy Bossut also loses his first cap because of the debacle.last_img read more

Sign of things to come?: Lakers beat Warriors to finish pre season on a…

first_imgAdvertisement 89qbsNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5xumWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E1sr469( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4pxfbWould you ever consider trying this?😱urdzs3Can your students do this? 🌚6jbscqRoller skating! Powered by Firework It is only preseason, and neither team took the games seriously, but the Los Angeles Lakers did beat the two-time defending champions Golden State Warriors twice in succession.Advertisement The final score in Portland was 119-105, and the fringe players played a starring role for the Lakers.Advertisement The Lakers were without numerous key players, as the likes of LeBron James and Rajon Rondo were rested. Brandon Ingram was nursing a quad injury, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has knee tendinitis and Josh Hart had a hamstring problem to deal with. Neither one of them will be out for long, and they will play in the season opener against Portland.Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, and JaVale McGee played, and all of them notched up useful numbers. Michael Beasley and Lance Stephenson played minutes, but both of them were ejected in the second half.Advertisement  Svi Mykhailuk was the top scorer for the Lakers with 22 points. Aside from him, Johnathan Williams, Isaac Bonga, and Travis Wear all reached double figures and got some useful playing time, something which will be hard to come by in the regular season.Kevin Durant did not play for the Warriors, but their other stars did, albeit for limited minutes. Klay Thompson was their scoring leader with 21 points.Although it is preseason, the signs are promising for the Lakers. The Warriors are still huge favourites to clinch their third consecutive title, but something might be cooking up in Los Angeles. Advertisementlast_img read more

Juan Mata apologizes to United fans after the draw against Huddersfield

first_imgAdvertisement 64rtNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7vokWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eu( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) aWould you ever consider trying this?😱7ocymCan your students do this? 🌚4r7w0Roller skating! Powered by Firework The star Spanish winger Juan Mata apologizes to the United fans after their performance against Huddersfield Town. The draw against Huddersfield Town at John Smith’s Stadium ended all hopes of the Red Devils to finish at the top four positions in the Premier League this season.Advertisement It is seeming that the star Spanish winger is deeply saddened with United’s lack of eagerness to finish in the top four this season. Juan Mata just wrote 7 words in his personal blog for the United fans.Advertisement You deserve better. No more words needed.Just Mata was not a regular starter under the management of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United few months back. However, the lack of consistency of the attacking third players of the Red Devils gave him a chance to make a comeback in the starting lineup.Advertisement Juan Mata tried his best in the field to deliver the best result for his team. However, things did not go in their way in the match. The shot of Paul Pogba rattled the bar and the attacks of the Red Devils did not have any end product. They are clearly missing a game changer in their side now and probably the club management will think of some reinforcements before the beginning of the next season.Paul Pogba doesn’t hesitate to take a dig at Keane and Souness after latest criticism Advertisementlast_img read more

Petr Cech joins Chelsea as technical and performance advisor

first_imgAdvertisement 30bNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4hpv49ntWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre En6d( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ufWould you ever consider trying this?😱ugmCan your students do this? 🌚8v2Roller skating! Powered by Firework The legendary Goalkeeper of the Blues, Petr Cech returns to Stamford Bridge as the technical and performance advisor. Petr Cech has just retired from his professional football career in the last month. His return to Stamford Bridge has been certainly on the cards and the official announcement has been made today.Advertisement The legendary Goalkeeper has made 494 appearances for the Blues. He has a record number of clean sheets (228) under his belts for Chelsea. Cech has won 13 trophies with the Blues including the Champions League in 2012.Advertisement After the departure of Michael Enemalo from the Sporting director role of the Blues, it has been vacant. Marina Granovskaia tried to fill up the void. Now, Petr Cech will coordinate with Marina Granovskaia. However, Marina will still remain the chief negotiator of the Blues.Cech will be there to help Marina Granovskaia with all his vast experience. After the departure of Maurizio Sarri from the managerial post of the Blues, their new  manager is not announced yet. According to the reports, Frank Lampard is currently leading the race to join as the manager of the Blues for the next season. Another Chelsea legend, Makalele might also come back at Stamford Bridge and he will be given the responsibility of the loan army of the Blues.Advertisement Olivier Giroud not happy with less gametime at Chelsea Advertisementlast_img read more

Mates pull closer to Brewers while Vkings just pull away

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily Sports The West Kootenay Men’s Flag Football League just got a whole lot tighter after Dam Inn Mates shocked the Hume Brewers 31-24 in action Sunday at the Mount Sentinel Field. The Brewers, which had dominated the Mates during week one of the season 23-1, were a different team without starting quarterback Steven Doyle. The Mates have won two straight after beginning the season on a downers, losing twice and combining to score seven points in those two games. Defending champion Castlegar Vikings continued to occupy top spot after thumping Nelson Impact 46-13, Steve Mota caught a pair of touchdown passes from Dave Kravski, and tossed a completed score to Kravski to lead the Vikes. Kravski also connected with Bryan Lauzon and Kevin Wilson. Mota also was a force on the defensive side of the ball, intercepting a pair of passes. Lauzon and Jaime Simpson also picked off Impact pass attempts. Ryan Dekker had one of the Impact touchdowns. The Vikings, winners of four straight after starting the season with a loss, lead the league with a 4-1 record. Hume is second at 3-2 followed by Dam Inn and Nelson Impact at 2-2. Hour Glass sits in the basement, winless in four games. The league resumes play Sunday with the Impact hosting Our Glass at 11 a.m. and Dam Inn Mates facing the Castlegar Vikings at 1 p.m.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Quinn Roux looking forward to his 100th appearance for Connacht

first_imgprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Connacht coach Andy Friend will name his team to face Munster at 12 noon tomorrow in what is shaping up to be the biggest game of the season on Saturday at the Sportsground. Connacht will have Tiernan O’Halloran available for selection and Irish international Quinn Roux also returns and is in line to make his 100th appearance for the province. The South African has been telling William Davies it’s a huge game to be reaching the milestone…last_img

Baseball: Feb. 15 Scoreboard

first_imgSouthland schools picked up seven more wins Saturday in the opening weekend in baseball. Leading the way for the league was McNeese State, which knocked off Southeastern Conference foe Missouri, 3-2. It was the first home win against the SEC for the Cowboys since 2000. Other league wins include Southeastern Louisiana’s win over Louisiana Tech, Sam Houston State defeating Northern Colorado, UIW beating Texas-Arlington, Houston Baptist taking care of Prairie View A&M, Abilene Christian edging Arlington Baptist and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi winning the first game of a doubleheader against Texas Pan-American.McNeese State 3, Missouri 2LAKE CHARLES, La. – The McNeese State baseball team took advantage of four Missouri errors and used two clutch double plays to take a 3-2 victory over the Tigers in day two of the Lake Area Classic. The win snapped a five-game losing streak against the SEC and gave the Cowboys their first victory over an SEC team at home since a 4-3 defeat of LSU in 2000.  |  Read MoreSoutheastern Louisiana 15, Louisiana Tech 6RUSTON, La. – The Southeastern Louisiana baseball team broke out the bats Saturday, defeating Louisiana Tech, 15-6, at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park. Southeastern swung the bat well, pounding out 14 hits, but the Lions were also aided by eight walks and tied a school single-game record with seven batters hit by pitches.  |  Read MoreSam Houston State 8, Northern Colorado 1HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Sam Houston State’s second outing proved to be a much more complete effort as they cruised to an 8-1 win over Northern Colorado Saturday at Don Sanders Stadium.  |  Read MoreUIW 4, Texas-Arlington 1ARLINGTON, Texas – The University of the Incarnate Word baseball team picked up its first win of the season on Saturday afternoon at Texas-Arlington, host of the UTA Tournament, 4-1 at Clay Gould Ballpark.  |  Read MoreHouston Baptist 12, Prairie View A&M 5HOUSTON, Texas – Houston Baptist exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the first and rolled to a 12-5 victory over Prairie View A&M in non-conference baseball Saturday afternoon at Husky Field.  |  Read MoreAbilene Christian 4, Arlington Baptist 2ABILENE, Texas – Freshman shortstop Aaron Draper had three hits and an RBI Saturday afternoon to lead Abilene Christian to a 4-2 win over Arlington Baptist in non-conference college baseball action at Crutcher Scott Field.  |  Read MoreTexas A&M-Corpus Christi 6, Texas Pan-American 4Texas Pan-American 11, Texas A&M-Corpus Christ 1EDINBURG, Texas – The Texas A&M–Corpus Christi baseball team came away with a split in the doubleheader against Texas-Pan American on Saturday in Edinburg, winning the first game 6-4 with a late rally before the Broncs’ offense went off for an 11-1 win in seven innings in game two.  |  Read MoreNo. 18 Oklahoma State 3, Stephen F. Austin 1ARLINGTON, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack baseball team was held to just two hits in a 3-1 loss to No. 18 Oklahoma State in the UTA Invitational on Saturday afternoon at Clay Gould Ballpark.  |  Read MoreNo. 2 LSU 7, New Orleans 2NEW ORLEANS, La. – The New Orleans Privateers baseball team (0-2) rallied from an early deficit, but fell just short in a 7-4 loss to the LSU Tigers in the home opener at Zephyr Field on Saturday afternoon.  |  Read MoreMissouri State 6, Central Arkansas 4CONWAY, Ark. – The University of Central Arkansas Bears put together a furious ninth-inning rally Saturday that fell just short in a 6-4 loss to the Missouri State Bears at Bear Stadium.  |  Read MoreJacksonville State 5, Northwestern State 4JACKSONVILLE, Ala.  – The Northwestern State pitching staff opened the sixth inning with two-straight walks, and Jacksonville State capitalized when on fielder’s choice that scored Andre Bishop from third base in the sixth inning to give the Gamecocks a 5-4 win Saturday afternoon.  |  Read MoreSoutheast Missouri State 7, Oral Roberts 5TULSA, Okla. – A five-run fourth inning wasn’t enough for the Oral Roberts University baseball team on Saturday as Southeast Missouri State came from behind to top the Golden Eagles 7-5 at J.L. Johnson Stadium. The loss dropped ORU’s record to 0-2 while the Redhawks improved to 2-0.  |  Read MoreHouston 4, Nicholls 0HOUSTON, Texas – Looking to rebound from an opening day loss, the Nicholls State University baseball team was able to get one more hit than it had in the opener, including a pair of doubles, but the scoring drought continued as Houston’s pitching staff kept the Colonels off the scoreboard in a 4-0 decision Saturday night at Cougar Field.  |  Read MoreIllinois-Chicago 6, Lamar 3 (12 innings)Marist 4, Lamar 3BEAUMONT, Texas – Late inning three-run rallies spelled doom twice for the Lamar baseball team on Saturday as the Cardinals dropped a 6-3 12-inning decision to UIC in the afternoon and returned for a 4-3 loss to Marist on the second day of the YMBL Cardinal Classic at Vincent-Beck Stadium.  |  Read Morelast_img read more