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In Case You Missed It - Episode 7, 2023

by J.T. Toth

Photo courtesy of @MearsyNHL on Twitter.

September 3, 2023

It is that time of the week when Draft 412 summarizes the past seven days of worthy news nuggets that you may have missed. Let us catch you up here:

Bob Errey and Steve Mears are Out

After the purchase of ATTSN by the Fenway Sports Group, major changes were announced. Bob Errey and Steve Mears were told that they would not resume their roles as part of the Penguins TV broadcast team. Errey and Mears have been a duo since 2017 when Mears left his play-by-play gig with the NHL Network. Bob Errey has been the TV commentator since 2004.

Skenes Weekly Update

The weekly Paul Skenes update this week took us to Erie. The Pirates' top prospect had his 2nd AA start and it went a lot smoother than his first one. Skenes threw 2 scoreless innings, striking out 3 and giving up just one hit. He threw 25 pitches, including 18 strikes.

Steelers Fill Practice Squad

The Steelers have filled their 16-man practice squad this week. Here is a list of the 16 players the Steelers have signed:

RB- Greg Bell

WR- Simi Fehoko

WR- Dez Fitzpatrick

TE- Rodney Williams

OT- Kellen Diesch

OG- Joey Fisher

DL- Jonathan Marshall

DL- Breiden Fehoko

LB- David Perales

CB- Luq Barcoo

CB- Anthony Brown

S- Trenton Thompson

DB- Josiah Scott

DB- Tariq Carpenter

RB- Zander Horvath

RB- Qadree Ollison

Pirates Match Last Year’s Win Total

The Pittsburgh Pirates finished last season at 62-100 and were able to win the lottery and pick first in the MLB Draft, eventually picking Paul Skenes.

This season, the Pirates won game 62 on September 1st, a sign that they have improved from last season. At 62-73, the Pirates have played better baseball in the past month, going 18-15 since July 30th and giving some hope to the fan base about the future of the franchise.

Andre Jackson Strikes Out the First 5

Andre Jackson earned his first career victory last week and in the process did something that no other Pirates pitcher has done since 1979. He struck out the first 5 hitters of the game against the Royals, something that hasn’t been done since Bruce Kison in 1979.

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