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Podcast: MLB’s weak explanation on baseballs; Pitt’s Kenny Pickett bulks up

Tim Benz
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Commissioner Rob Manfred is interviewed as the American League players warm-up for the MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

A lot happened during Major League Baseball’s All-Star week in Cleveland. Much of it had nothing to do with the game.  

Our Jerry DiPaola was on hand to cover all the angles. He’s back in Pittsburgh after the American League’s 4-3 win.

We discuss commissioner Rob Manfred’s double talk surrounding the manufacturing of the baseball. Nobody buys his simplistic explanation of “less drag,” do they? If that’s his story, he better support it with a lot more detail.

Then there is the revenue-sharing debate. How much resentment exists toward the Pirates and other low-revenue teams from the rest of baseball these days?


Jerry spoke with a lot of Cubs players about the Pirates and their upcoming series to reignite the schedule for the second half. They seem impressed and buy the notion that the Pirates could be a threat for a while.

Also, Jerry outlines the discussion in Cleveland over the Pirates’ growing reputation of working high and tight too much.

Then we mix in some Pitt football, too. Specifically, we look at Kenny Pickett. The Panthers quarterback is fresh back from the Manning Passing Academy. He served as a counselor there. Pickett shares some of the stories from his trip. And he explains the decision to bulk up a bit in the offseason.


LISTEN: Manfred’s weak explanation of baseballs; plus Kenny Pickett talk

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at [email protected] or via Twitter. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless specified otherwise.

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