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First Pitch: Yes, The Farm System Has Been Dramatically Upgraded Since 2007

First Pitch: Yes, The Farm System Has Been Dramatically Upgraded Since 2007

There's been a lot of frustration with the Pittsburgh Pirates in recent weeks. The team went from 16 games over .500 at the end of July, to clinching their 20th losing season in a row on Sunday. The frustration has brought on a lot of criticism. A lot of that criticism is warranted. But some of the criticism has been a bit of a reach, which is confusing. There are things you can legitimately criticize this team about. There's the second straight collapse, where the entire team fell apart. Their philosophy of ignoring the running game is something to question. Rod Barajas is still getting too much playing time over Michael McKenry, which raises questions about their values of game calling. There's the overall lack of trust in younger players, even if it means playing a struggling veteran. T...

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