Remember back before the 2011 season started, when the Pittsburgh Pirates were coming off a 57-105 season, easily making them the worst team in the majors? Remember when the debate was "will they lose 100 games again in 2011"? Remember when the only sign of hope was "the 2008 Rays went from worst to first".
Now the Pirates sit in sole possession of first place in the NL Central. The debate is "who should they add at the deadline". And speaking of those 2008 Rays:
-The 2008 Rays won on July 18th, putting them half a game in first place in the AL East. They wouldn't relinquish that spot for the remainder of the year.
-The 2011 Pirates won last night, on July 18th, putting them half a game in first place in the NL Central.
Yes, the Rays had been in first place before, while the Pirates had only been in first place for one day, tied for the spot. The Rays were winning the hardest division in baseball, while the Pirates are currently leading one of the weakest division...
Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.