Analysis

Downfall of the Fam-A-Lee – Part 2

Downfall of the Fam-A-Lee – Part 2

The authors of the book When the Bucs Won it All state that the Pirates plunge into last place in the 1980s was due to the poor trades that were made to acquire the players on the 1979 club. I disagree.
In part 1 of this series, I looked at how the World Series roster was put together - which players were acquire via trade, draft, and free agency. In the next several posts, I'll analyze the trades that brought the members of the team to Pittsburgh. Going alphabetically, the first player on the 1979 post-season roster acquired in a trade was Bert Blyleven.
The Trade
After a season and a half pitching for the Rangers, Blyleven was involved in a mammoth four team trade on 12/8/77. Blyleven was dealt to the Pirates. The Braves sent Willie Montanez to the Mets. Adrian Devine, Tommy Boggs, and E...

This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribers get access to all of our daily articles on the Pirates and their minor league system, with live coverage throughout the system on a daily basis. Our lowest rates are $2.22 per month under our Top Prospect Plan, which also gets you a FREE copy of the 2016 Prospect Guide. We also have a promotion with DraftKings where you can get a FREE one-year subscription to the site by signing up as a new DraftKings customer and making a $5 minimum deposit.  Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.

Analysis

Randy is currently living and thriving in suburban Dayton, OH with his wife and two kids. He was raised in Cincinnati, OH and attended Anderson High School. He went to Miami University (Ohio) and received a degree in Paper Science Engineering from MU. He is a devout Christian and a pop culture buff. He coaches his son’s baseball and basketball teams and his daughters softball and basketball teams. Randy has been a Pirates fan since the late 1970s and has fond memories of the 1979 World Series team. He began blogging for Most Valuable Network in 5/2004 after stumbling across a help-wanted sign for a Pirates blogger. He wrote for Pittsburgh Lumber Co. until the site merged with Pirates Prospects in 2/2011.

More in Analysis

(Photo Credit: David Hague)

What the Pirates Pitching Prospects Can Learn From the Jake Arrieta Renaissance

James SantelliMay 4, 2016
Jameson Taillon Scott Mitchell

Top Performers: Glasnow, Taillon, Joe, Polo, Brault, Kuhl, Garcia, Waddell

Tim WilliamsMay 3, 2016
Ke'Bryan Hayes TW 43016

How Ke’Bryan Hayes Benefits From Growing Up in a Family of Baseball Players

Tim WilliamsMay 3, 2016
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Pirates Lose First 2016 Matchup Against Cubs, 7-2

James SantelliMay 2, 2016
Brandon Waddell, who was taken in the fifth round of the 2015 draft.

Brandon Waddell is the Pirates Prospects Pitcher of the Month for April

Tim WilliamsMay 2, 2016
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Josh Bell is the Pirates Prospects Player of the Month for April

Tim WilliamsMay 2, 2016

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2015 Pirates Prospects