Continuing with some season long themes:
With Friends (Teammates) Like That, Who Needs Enemies?
In an effort to score more runs and improve an offense that ranked 10th out of twelve teams in runs scored in 1984, the Pirates acquired three players who had previously driven in 100 or more runs in a single season: George Hendrick, Steve Kemp and Sixto Lezcano.
Hendrick turned 34 during the season and was coming off his worse season in a decade. The Cardinals sent him to Pittsburgh for John Tudor and Brian Harper.
Kemp was battling all sorts of physical ailments. He'd suffered a broken cheek bone in 1983 and was coming off leg surgery after the 1984 season. Reports were mixed about whether the Pirates knew about Kemp's leg problems before he was acquired from the Yankees (Jay Buhner went to the Bombers). He was just 30 years old at the beginning of the season. I remember Kemp putting on hitting shows in BP at Riverfront in 1985. Laser beam after laser beam into right field. Some into the b...