On a snowy night, I’m tossing winter batting practice in a gym to nine-​year-​old boys who play for Steel City Select, an elite Pittsburgh travel baseball club.

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2018
  • Sub Heading Organizers puzzle over youth baseball’s future
Something’s missing. That seems to be the general feeling among pundits of late, even as the Steelers sit comfortably atop the AFC North with a 3-​game lead over the Ravens.

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  • Issue Quarter Between the Issues
  • Issue Year 2017
The Steelers trimmed their roster to 53 by the Saturday deadline, and the acquisitions of cornerback Joe Haden and tight end Vance McDonald signal that this team is built to win now. Ben Roethlisberger has already mulled retirement once, James Harrison can only hold off retirement for so long, and Le’Veon Bell is,…

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  • Issue Quarter Between the Issues
  • Issue Year 2017
Speaking of high school football, as I am, I knew of a chemistry teacher who was so tough, so mean — or at least mean-​looking — that he produced decades of superb students. Not that I’m advocating mean as a teaching method, but he was so good that college chemistry professors could pick his students out on…

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  • Issue Quarter Fall
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading Why make it tough on kids who want to change high schools for sports?
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