Comments on: A Recent History of the 82nd Win – 1988 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/02/a-recent-history-of-the-82nd-win-1988.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:05:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Anonymous http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/02/a-recent-history-of-the-82nd-win-1988.html#comment-12390 Wed, 15 Feb 2012 14:13:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=23326#comment-12390 national league east :)

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By: James S http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/02/a-recent-history-of-the-82nd-win-1988.html#comment-12372 Wed, 15 Feb 2012 04:29:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=23326#comment-12372 That’s back when Dwight Gooden said the Pirates were a bunch of little leaguers and Jim Gott among others took exception to it and helped lead the charge for the Bucs.

To me, the main keys for the turn around was getting Drabek in the Rhoden trade, and getting Bonilla back after losing him in the rule 5 draft, the same draft that cost the Pirates Bip Roberts as well. It would have been nice to have gotten him back too. It was a major mistake by the Pirates and they were lucky to get Bonilla back. You could see the change coming then, even before the Van Slyke deal.

We knew what we had in Bonds, but Bonilla was important in that he gave them them a clean-up guy (Bonds was the lead off hitter the first couple years). Van Slyke was the icing on the cake and the number 3 hitter we needed.

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