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Welcome to Pirates Breakdown – your go-to source for quality Pittsburgh Pirates news, opinion and analysis.


Pirates Breakdown is dedicated to providing quality Pittsburgh Pirates news, views and original content. Most of us are professional journalists looking for a place to push the conversation around the Pittsburgh Baseball Club forward.

Editorial Team

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Jason Rollison – Co-Founder/Editor In Chief  

Jason Rollison has been analyzing baseball and the Pirates in one way or another for 4+ years.

Jason previously was the editor-in-chief of rumbunter.com, a popular Pirates site on the fansided network. In one year Jason established RB as a legitimate source for an objective look at the club while setting pageview records.

When it comes to analyzing baseball, he likes to take a middle-of-the-road approach, with one foot on the analytics side of the fence and the other on the old-school side. Having said that, he is a sucker for pitchf/x. Jason has appeared as a phone-in and in-studio guests in numerous outlets, including a variety of ESPN Radio stations from across Pennsylvania, and also 93.7 The Fan (CBS Sports Radio). He provides freelance coverage of the Pirates for a variety of print outlets, and also covers several Minor League Baseball teams in print.

Tyler Waite – Co-Founder/Managing Editor – 

Tyler is a data analyst by day and an aspiring sports writer by night. He is fascinated by the analytical side of the game, and wants to impart his analysis to Pirate fans everywhere. Tyler has appeared on numerous radio outlets throughout his writing career, and has

Steve Kubitz – Co-Founder/Podcast Producer/Editor– 

Steve Kubitz was born and raised in the Stanton Heights neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA. He is a long time and annoyingly positive baseball fan. He bought into the Pirates’ 5-year-plan before it was cool. The only thing he isn’t positive about is the wave during close ballgames. Steve wears a variety of hats for PBD, but leans on his experience as an accomplished radio producer to take a lead role with Pirates Breakdown Radio.

joseJose Negron – Assistant Editor 

Jose Negron is a 23 year old journalist from the North Huntingdon area. A recent graduate of California University of Pennsylvania, Jose is also a Staff Writer for the Mon Valley Independent. He has written for Rumbunter and Pirates Breakdown for the past year. Jose is the former Editor in Chief and Sports Editor of Cal U’s campus newspaper, the Cal Times, and is a former TribLive Radio Intern.

Staff Writers



Ethan Obstarczyk  

Ethan is a lifelong baseball fan who resides in the east end of Pittsburgh. When not talking about, writing about or watching baseball, he also enjoys watching football and hockey along with movies and listening to some of his favorite bands. He can also be found on Untappd (Ethan_O)



joyJoy Frank-Collins  

Joy Frank-Collins is a Communications professional who got her start writing as a journalist at a daily newspaper in southeastern Ohio. She was born in Reds country, but “found” baseball watching the 1986 Mets win the World Series. She lives in Marietta, Ohio, with her family, who all share her passion for Pirates baseball. She loves the suicide squeeze, a crisp 6-4-3 double play and catchers (especially Russell Martin). When not obsessing over baseball, Joy likes to work out, travel and drink wine


Nathan Hursh  

Nathan is a graduate of Duquesne University with a degree in journalism. Along with being a lifelong baseball fan, he has a passion for watching football and basketball. When he is not sitting on his couch indulging in sports, Nathan likes to be active outside. Along with Twitter, he can also be found on Instagram at nathan_hursh.


TJ FInalTJ Conley 

TJ is a Shenandoah Valley resident in Virginia and has a Bachelor of Science degree from Bridgewater College. He has been analyzing the Pirates since 2009. TJ is also an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins fan. He is married and a University of Virginia sports fan.


Jarrod Prugar  

Jarrod Prugar is 5 and a half feet tall and you can’t teach that. Jarrod grew up watching future Pirates light up the Eastern League for the Altoona Curve before going off to Robert Morris for college. He also covers Penn State Football extensively and is a member of the NCBWA.


Sean Riley

Sean Riley is a lifelong Pirates observer who now resides in Portland, OR. He is a former executive of several major companies and a published author. His current passion is balancing statistics and good old-fashioned “feel” to provide insight into the game of baseball. Sean is married to a great gal and the father of two amazing boys.

matt headshotMatt Shetler

Matt is a life long baseball fan with both a newspaper and radio background. Before coming to Pirates Breakdown he was most recently the co-owner and lead columnist for Pittsburgh Sporting News. He also has written for plenty of other sports and fantasy sports websites.

PBD contributors



Josh TaylorJosh Taylor

Josh Taylor is an award-winning sports broadcasting personality appearing on KDKA‘s sports coverage and programming. Josh can currently be heard on 93.7 The Fan and seen on KDKA and The CW networks.


Jamie BakerJaime Baker

Jaime Baker is an award-winning broadcast journalist for WTAJ News in Altoona. If it happens in Central PA, she’s covered it. She now brings her unique style and wit to Pirates Breakdown.



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