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Take it from a guy flying into a blizzard tomorrow — seriously, they’re talking about a foot and half of snow blanketing Winnipeg — this might not feel like the time to talk baseball.

Press box, PNC Park. - DEJAN KOVACEVIC / DKPS

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Take it from a guy flying into a blizzard tomorrow — seriously, they’re talking about a foot and half of snow blanketing Winnipeg — this might not feel like the time to talk baseball.

But hey, this is is how far ahead most plans are put together in any sport, so why not?

Let’s start with this: Alex Stumpf will, in fact, cover the Pirates for us in 2020 and beyond.

I know, not much of a surprise. But I had mentioned a few weeks ago when Alex came on board that it was on a trial basis, and all he did in the interim was exceed all our expectations, draw the visible support and appreciation of our readership and, most of all, he enjoyed what he did. He loved it, actually. And when it comes to the baseball beat, as I found out myself once, that’s probably about 90 percent of the battle. Because there’s so much of it, day after day after day, that passion’s got to be that big a part of it.

Alex has that. He wants to do it. He also has the intensive knowledge of both baseball in general and the Pirates specifically, the humility to grasp when it’s best to ask someone else, the reporting and writing skills to combine both, and the voice and presence to bring his own flair to what he presents.

We won’t take advantage of that passion, though. We’ll support Alex the same way we’ve supported everyone on that beat over the years. I was at half of the Pirates’ games myself this past summer, including roughly a quarter of the road schedule. Hunter Homistek did a bunch, too. We’ll both remain heavily involved, as will Matt Sunday. No beat here has to be more of a team effort than baseball, and that won’t change.

For now, please join us all in congratulating Alex. He’s earned it.

THE TECH UPDATE

Many more hours were invested this week in the app design and, by week’s end, it finally began taking form. We have a home page, we have a Brewing page (yes, that’ll be its own thing, which is awesome), and we’ve got a few other key pieces in place.

For now, I can share that our emphasis is on a super-clean look and a super-easy navigation. We’re not looking to crowd stuff or make it excessively fancy. We want readers to find the stuff they want and, in turn, to enjoy it the way they want, based on what we’ve learned over these five-plus years.

Also, I’m very happy to share that all our familiar terminology and other elements — Brewing, Java, Lunatics, Asylum, up-cups, down-cups, etc. — will be a big part of what we’re doing. Even though this is a completely new app, built from scratch in every way, we want it to still feel like home for our longstanding readers. Just a newer, prettier, more modern home.

MEET US IN EAST LIBERTY!

We’re having a Miller Lite live Q&A session next Friday, Oct. 18, 8-10 p.m., at Social at Bakery Square in East Liberty.

We’d love to have you there with us. No cover. No charge. No catch. Just talking sports with a bunch of our staff. You ask us questions. We ask you questions. Nothing terribly formatted about it. I’ll be there, too, but don’t let that dissuade you.

If you’re interested, let us know here.

TOONS ‘N’ AT

We’re way overdue on giving David Golebiewski the toon treatment, courtesy of Rob Ullman. Read David’s excellent Stats ‘N’ At feature each Wednesday.

ROB ULLMAN / DKPS

VETERAN COUNT: 377

Early this year, our friend Josh DeNinno at Moon Golf Club came up with the concept of pushing all of us to reach 1,000 full-year military subscriptions for the calendar year through his Veterans Challenge. And to back that, Josh is buying 10 a month himself for a total of 100, leaving 900 for everyone else. To date, we’ve sold and committed 377. That’s appreciated. Here’s where to contribute. — DK

BACK TO BUSINESS

• New subscribers for 2019 are at 872. (Fifty-two new in the past week!) You can track this figure daily at the bottom of the desktop and tablet versions of the site.

• Our daily page views, averaged out over the past 30 days, are at 99,212. I’ve been citing here for months now that the goal with this figure is to average 100,000, a number we’ve achieved regularly only during the two Stanley Cup runs.

• Our most-hit original article of the past week was Dale Lolley’s coverage of the Steelers releasing Xavier Grimble at 33,651. The Steelers accounted for 223,795 page views, the Penguins 133,793, and the Pirates 51,507.

• We’re at 34,132 (+98) followers on Twitter, we’re at 32,091 (-15) page likes on Facebook, we’re at 11,544 (+8) followers on Instagram. These figures are just for our official company account on each platform, not for us as individuals.

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Daniel Mucy
Daniel Mucy

Congratulations to Alex! In a way, Dejan, he’s a tribute to Jason! On a baseball note, if the Pirates ever wanted to begin repairing their relationship with us fans…go bring in newly-retired David Freese. Even make him a P.R. Assistant to Coonelly if you have to! This organization has a dearth of quality baseball men of integrity!

Rpumilia
Rpumilia

Agree totally on Freese. He’d be crazy to come back to work for these losers, though.

OhioPittFan
OhioPittFan

Congrats Alex. Really enjoy your work.

Mbotti
Mbotti

Congratulations to Alex. Well deserved. Look forward to reading more of your work as hopefully the train wreck that is the Pirates gets cleaned up.

tabletop390
tabletop390

Any plans on someone following the Riverhounds throughout the playoffs?

Congrats Alex!

Kuczler318
Kuczler318

I am very happy for Alex. He did an excellent job
covering the bucs. I look forward to his coverage in 2020. I hope he continues to do the mound visit also.

Tewlie
Tewlie

Congrats Alex! Hopefully the Pirates ownership/management starts to show the same level of commitment and enthusiasm that you do!

Michael S
Michael S

Wish I could meet up with you all in East Liberty, but alas Colorado is a bridge to far :). DK, next time you’re Denver hopefully we can get a chance to meet! Thanks.

Alex Stumpf
Alex Stumpf

Hey everyone. This goes without saying, but I am THRILLED for the opportunity to stay on the beat and to work with this incredible group of journalists. It blows my mind that I’ll be covering a beat at the same outlet as Dale Lolley and Dave Molinari. They set the bar incredibly high, and I’m going to work hard to reach it.

Thank you all for the congratulations and the support you’ve showed since day one! Honestly, I had no idea what to expect from the readers coming in midseason (and mid-collapse), but you were willing to give the kid a chance, even if the team was frustrating. I can’t express how much that means to me.

So thank you for the last couple of weeks, and here’s looking forward to the next couple of years.

Sammy C
Sammy C

Can’t wait for Bradenton; good luck!

JMaz64
JMaz64

Congratulations Alex! Really enjoy reading your Pirate coverage!

Willy Peppers
Willy Peppers

Congratulations Alex! Here’s to a better on field product next season. Well we can still hope and dream can’t we?

Michael S
Michael S

This is awesome, congrats Alex. Glad to have you aboard permanently!

PittsburghSports#1Fan
PittsburghSports#1Fan

Congratulations Alex. Can’t wait to read more of your work and see you grow!

Notorious Furn
Notorious Furn

Congrats! Great hire!!

wayne1608
wayne1608

Good work Alex.While I am totally disillusioned with Nutting not firing Huntington, Stark, Broadway and the rest of Huntington’s inept organization I enjoy the honest coverage that you and the DK Site provide for us baseball fans. I love the Pirates. I don’t care for Nutting.

Luke Man52
Luke Man52

Way to go Alex! Bring us a winner out of spring training!

The Seton Hall Pirate
The Seton Hall Pirate

Alex – Good for you! Welcome aboard. Looking forward to your continued coverage of our Buccos.

scottymeru
scottymeru

Congrats Alex! I was anxiously awaiting this announcement. You did a great job coming in after John, and I can’t wait to see your coverage next year.

Chris Thomas
Chris Thomas

Alex, you have done excellent work. Looking forward to next year

TripWire
TripWire

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bluesguitar
bluesguitar

Congrats Alex, well deserved!! Your doing a great job

Mike P.
Mike P.

Seconded

TripWire
TripWire

Congratulations Alex! Keep up the great work!

IdahoNation
IdahoNation

Congratulations to Alex – enjoyed the coverage, in spite of the season and ownership! Alex, Sunday, Taylor, and Hunter help keep the (ahem) “veteran” journalists young and fresh.

Coverage is world class here (as always) and can’t wait for the app to match it!!

Stennettorian
Stennettorian

Well-earned, Alex! You did a great job, and I’m glad I’ll be reading more of your work.

Biagio
Biagio

So will this new and improved app design stop the horrendous amount of pops adds and other unrelated stories? As a paid site I do not know if I did something or it’s the site but I get bombarded. I only want a clean site with content. I could care less about Humira,tickets, stair lift elevators and Chase cc.

Stennettorian
Stennettorian

You could try using the Opera Browser to access the page. It cuts out all the extraneous stuff. The trade-off is Opera often filters out the sound in the video interviews.

Biagio
Biagio

Thanks I will try but as a paid subscriber we should not be bombarded with pop ups and ads. Pirate Prospects has very little as do my other paid subscriptions.

alantig
alantig

But @Biagio, without the pop ups, how will you know what celebrity’s appearance will amaze you, what food you’re eating will make you live to be 130, what new law (insert town here) doesn’t want you to know about, or what amazing sex secret will make you amazing in the bedroom (and why do these things only work in the bedroom – shouldn’t they make you amazing in other rooms as well?)?

Clint Novak
Clint Novak

Just download Google AdBlocker. Solves the issue

Biagio
Biagio

Thanks I will try it.

schwab
schwab

I’ve seen people mention the pop up ads before. While there are ads on the page I’ve never seen any of the ‘pop up’ variety that take over the page.

monicamo
monicamo

Any advice for the website on my PC Every single time the website grinds my computer to a halt maybe it’s only me but website is impossible to view for more than a couple minutes

JAR
JAR

Alex- any thoughts on St coverage? Going to go old school and cover all days while soaking up the Florida sun.

412 in the 865
412 in the 865

Great job Alex, congrats on the well-deserved full time promotion to the beat!

EWS34
EWS34

Congrats Alex. Glad you will be back. I think you may have a busy off season. DK one of the nice features of the site stuff is I missed the article on Grimbles release. Because you mentioned it I got to read it.

Robert Mendelson
Robert Mendelson

Congratulations, Alex! If you get a chance to meet Bob Nutting, please pass along the following message to him from me (and just about every other Pirates fan): SELL THE TEAM! 😉

JAR
JAR

He’s needs a swift kick in the behind out of town.

Stennettorian
Stennettorian

I assume you mean Nutting, JAR, not Alex.

JAR
JAR

Yes, nutting needs multiple Kicks.

MainLineBurgher
MainLineBurgher

Great job, Alex. Well deserved. Now please go sell the team

terrymelon
terrymelon

before selling the team, fire the GM!

Sammy C
Sammy C

Pirates’ coverage was outstanding this year, and it looks like it’ll continue to be so next year as well. Great news

PittsburghSports#1Fan
PittsburghSports#1Fan

I remember last year Matt Sunday would do a View from Ice Level feature after Penguins games. Is he no longer doing those?

pjoneslawbuy
pjoneslawbuy

The Pirates coverage is why I subscribe and it has been top notch.

MT
MT

Congrats to Alex, he had (has) big shoes to fill. And he’s doing very well.

Sevedee
Sevedee

As lousy as the Pirates season was, I enjoyed reading the articles Alex wrote. Looking forward to reading more. Congrats Alex!

PaulieGee
PaulieGee

Glad to have Alex on board the Bucco beat!

sforsyth01
sforsyth01

Congrats, Alex.

DK, stupid detail here but don’t forget to have them code in dark mode support since both Android and iOS have it now.

ArmyYinzer87
ArmyYinzer87

This x100

Tomhall15001
Tomhall15001

Great news. Good luck Alex. Love your stuff.

RadioWave
RadioWave

good news on the bucs coverage.

kliuch
kliuch

Can’t wait to see the new app! If there’s going to be a beta version – I’ll volunteer for testing!

kr70
kr70

Congrats Alex!!! speaking of baseball Gerrit Cole has a chance at 400 strikeouts (season plus playoffs) only been done twice before, Ryan and Koufax. He could turn into a hall of fame and $250 million dollar man.

LuckyNKentucky
LuckyNKentucky

Unfortunately in pinstripes.

Years of Control
Years of Control

It appears that’s a draft pick the PBC got right

msurma417
msurma417

Congrats Alex! Love your work.

Guido1960
Guido1960

Welcome on board officially, Alex. The 162-game season is a sprint and a marathon. We’re counting on your youth

Nootropics
Nootropics

Noticed the other day that Perrotto has been doing gamers and write-ups for Forbes and other publications, mentioning that he is once again “for hire” as a baseball writer.

I’m gathering it was more than health problems that caused him to leave?

This seemed especially true when he took a few Twitter shots at GetGo, a former sponsor.

Guido1960
Guido1960

I think those road trips take their toll for someone of his (my) age.

DLFord
DLFord

My perception as well, Guido. This venture is 24/7 passion. Not everyone is built for that.

JAR
JAR

Didn’t he sign up or volunteer for winter in Bradenton. Tough gig

LuckyNKentucky
LuckyNKentucky

Had that same surgery last year as he did. I get tired by 2 or 3. I’m older than him, but it’s the same. I can understand why he cut it short. DK was good to him, but it takes its toll.

119bill
119bill

I wouldn’t read too much into it, Nootropics. I could see where John’s health could lead him to step down from full time baseball coverage and road trips, but still allow him to do some freelance work from home.

119bill
119bill

DK, I am glad to hear that Alex will be around for the 2020 season and hopefully beyond. I became a subscriber in March, and the baseball coverage by you, John, Hunter, and Alex has been exceptional. Baseball is my favorite sport, why I subscribe, but I’m also enjoying the Steelers and Penguins coverage. Count me as a satisfied customer. As it gets closer to my renewal date, I’d like to sign up for the 3 year plan and buy a subscription for a veteran – I put a calendar reminder in my phone so that I don’t forget.

119bill
119bill

I’m sorry, in praising your baseball coverage I forgot to mention the great writing that Jason did. He set the bar high, and every great baseball article that you guys write will honor his memory.

JAR
JAR

Great job Alex! Much deserved. I am really looking forward to more of his work.

BT Barons
BT Barons

Great news on Alex! Will he continue to contribute to Mound Visit while covering the beat? I’ve liked everything he has done to date, and look forward to his future with the site!

Perl
Perl

Me too, he’s been great!