Analysis

1985 Pirates Retrospective – Part 4

1985 Pirates Retrospective – Part 4

Some major story lines from the 1985 season:
Who's At Short?
Dale Berra had been traded to the New York Yankees in the off season. Former Buc Tim Foli was reacquired in that deal. But questions arose almost immediately about his physical condition. During Spring Training skipper Chuck Tanner stated that he wanted healthy bodies playing and that if Foli could only play somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 games, then so be it. Apparently, he was worse off than everyone thought. Foli only managed to play in 19 games and made just 8 starts at short. His last game of the season and in his ML career was 6-15-85.
Apparently GM Pete Peterson must've been counting on Foli to be healthy, because the Pirates had nobody capable of playing shortstop at an acceptable level. Rafael Belliard was up brief...

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

Buddy Borden TW 62716

What Led to the Pirates Re-Signing Buddy Borden?

Tim WilliamsJune 29, 2016
Gage Hinsz 730 2

Gage Hinsz Seems to Be Over the Hurdles of Injuries

Abigail MiskowiecJune 28, 2016
Photo Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates

Early Struggles for Will Craig Rooted in Transition Back to Wooden Bats

Abigail MiskowiecJune 28, 2016
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Francisco Liriano Continues His Control Problems in Pirates’ 5-4 Loss

Alan SaundersJune 27, 2016
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Hurdle Not Upset by Andrew McCutchen’s First Career Ejection

Alan SaundersJune 27, 2016
Josh Bell TW 52016 2

Neal Huntington on Josh Bell, Chad Kuhl, Tyler Glasnow, Austin Meadows

Tim WilliamsJune 27, 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