The body is on the slab and it is barely cold, but it is time to put the corpse known as the 2010 Pittsburgh Pirates to rest. This season was one for the history books, but not the good kind of history. Without rehashing all of the ugly statistics and numbers, suffice it to say that this Pirates team was one of the worst of modern baseball history.
But the strange part is that I still have hope. I actually believe in the path that Neal Huntington and the front office staff have laid out for this team. Essentially, the 2010 Pittsburgh Pirates were an expansion team after the much-needed and long-overdue teardown of the team started in 2008 by Neal Huntington.
Boiled down to its barest bones, the strategy implemented by Huntington was:
Re-invest in Latin America
Re-stock heavily through the amateur draft
Trade veterans near the end of their contract for short/medium-term pieces to the major league team, while trying to also acquire fallen prospects