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Historical Context For The Big Four

Historical Context For The Big Four

The future (Dave Arrigo, Pittsburgh Pirates)

In the second half of the 2010 season, the Pirates offense was paced by Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker, Jose Tabata and Pedro Alvarez. The success of these young players was encouraging for a franchise mired in a hopeless multi-decade stretch of losing baseball. Walker is the oldest of the quartet, and he did not turn 25 until September. All four finished the season with a Weighted On-Base Average (wOBA) above the league average mark. Now, four above average hitters under the age of 25 would appear to be an impressive accomplishment, particularly for a rebuilding ballclub. It is easy to assume that good things are on the way for the Bucs’ offense, but that is mostly just conjecture without considering some historical context. So I decide...

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