For the fifth consecutive season the VSL Pirates have taken the regular season title. They finished the season this past Sunday with a 48-20 record, 4.5 games ahead of the 2nd place Mariners,who they met in the playoffs, which started Monday. After splitting the first two games, both low scoring affairs, the Bucs won the deciding 3rd game Wednesday morning by a 21-2 score. They had the best home record, losing just seven of their 33 games at home, and finished with the 2nd best road record. In summing up the season I split the summary into two parts to get the most in depth report I could without making it a novel sized story. First up is the hitters. For most players I included at least a brief summary below, although a few guys it was hard to say much about due to poor results or lack of...
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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.