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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Recap: Third Base

Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Recap: Third Base

When Pedro Alvarez was struggling in spring training -- the third baseman hit just .170 over the 19 games -- many fans were passionate about sending him to Triple-A to start the season. Alvarez developed a toe tap at the plate during the offseason, but he and Manager Clint Hurdle decided to nix it and keep things more simple at the plate. Hurdle and the organization took a lot of criticism for breaking camp with Alvarez, instead of sending him to the minors to get on track.

But the Pirates stayed patient with Alvarez, and he repaid them by having a career-year in homers -- the third baseman connected for 30, blasting through his previous high of 16 set his rookie season in 2010. While Alvarez struggled with consistency -- he hit just .203 and .207 in April and May to start the season --...

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