After eighteen years of losing, Pirate fans are used to things not working. Lots of things not working. Baseball teams make many decisions in the course of just one season, let alone eighteen, and some are going to turn out well even if it’s just by accident, but you can’t have very many turn out well if you’re going to keep losing for eighteen years. At that point, you’ve defeated the laws of chance. Yet there was a time when the Pirates had a lot of things go right, when they made many moves that turned out well.
No, really . . . .
One such time was 1969. True, they didn’t win anything that year. But the front office engineered a very successful transition from a series of not-quite-good-enough teams in the mid-1960s to a powerhouse that would dominate the newly created Eastern Division until the mid-1970s and remain in contention for over a decade.
The mid-60s Pirates were a team noted mainly for a free-swinging, batting-average-driven offense and a number of outstanding...
Wilbur Miller joined the site in July 2010. He has long been known for his excellent Player Profiles, which he brought to the site in February 2011, combining them with the existing Pirates Prospects Player Pages. Wilbur maintains the player pages section of the site, and provides regular articles to the main portion of the site, including a weekly Prospects Trend piece, featuring the best and worst prospects from the previous week.