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Are You Worried About Baseball in Pittsburgh?

Are You Worried About Baseball in Pittsburgh?

Are you worried about the future of baseball in Pittsburgh?
Not whether or not games will be played, mind you; I'm more concerned with the quality of the on-field product. PNC Park ensures that we'll have a team of some kind for the forseeable future, but will it produce any results?
It's not exactly a new question, but it's one worth repeating.
The Pirates are committed---for now, at least---to a core of young, mediocre players. We've heard it over and over again: The vast majority of our 25-man roster is locked up through the 2009 season. The more I watch these guys, though, the more I start to worry. Do I seriously have to watch Jack Wilson for two and a half more years?
I'd bought into Dave Littlefield's plan, and while I didn't expect much success in 2007, I certainly didn't see this coming. We're terrible. Is there hope for the future?
How long before we cut bait on this core and start to rebuild ... for the umpteenth time?
Tim Dierkes at Roto Authority wrote about "second...

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