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Early Season Beat Writer Change at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by EagleMorph, May 23, 2011.

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  1. EagleMorph

    EagleMorph Member

    EDIT: Colin Dunlap is leaving the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for family reasons, as he detailed below.

    Sportswriting, you've been great. But today I decided I'm going to chase other things -- and more important, spend more time w/ my twins.

    Should be interesting to see how the PG handles it. Do they try and make do with the current staff, since the Pirates are expected to eventually tank here and lose close to 90 games? I would assume if they go that route that they'd open the gig in the winter.

    Or do they try and poach someone like John Perrotto to fill in for the time being? Considering trades are always a possibility, I would imagine finding someone with connections would be a major priority.

    Also, how often do major paper beat changes occur mid-season? I can only think of Chico Harlan at the Washington Post, but maybe others have gone more quietly in the last few years.
  2. BitterYoungMatador2

    BitterYoungMatador2 Well-Known Member

    This is surprising. I'm wondering if he was offered a radio job.
  3. That sucks for us. Best of luck to him though.
  4. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Expected to tank? That's still up in the air?
  5. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    Second half of the season, the Pirates manager calls the games in and the desk puts together a story.
  6. EagleMorph

    EagleMorph Member

    Eh, they're hovering around .500 with a pretty young core. It's a little out of the ordinary. Usually this time of the year, they're hanging around .500 with a bunch of castoffs. So there's some hope within the city that they might stay around this level and take a step forward.

    Of course, there's also hope that a magic ray will turn all of the Pittsburgh women into Perfect 10s...
  7. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Awesome. You'll hear him pull the phone away from his face to ask an assistant how to spell names, and when you ask him about the opposing team's stats, he'll say his stat girl forgot to do them.
  8. BitterYoungMatador2

    BitterYoungMatador2 Well-Known Member

    "I got 'em but I don't have the players' names, just their numbers..."
  9. LemMan

    LemMan Member

    "We play the Giants tomorrow...if you guys can send someone, that'd be great."
  10. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    They never have the score of the JV game either.

    EDIT: Oh, it's the Pirates ... they are the JV game.
  11. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    "By not covering us you're costing our guys scholarships to the Yankees and Red Sox!"
  12. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    The thread title put an image in my head of the sports editor glumly looking toward the preps writers, sighing once, then tapping his keyboard to signal for the change.
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