The Pittsburgh Pirates finished the 2012 season four games below .500 (79-83) to extend their losing streak to 20 consecutive seasons. Those 79 wins tie the 1997 season for the best record during the losing streak.
"You look at the pitching rotation, the pitching overall has continued to evolve in a much better fashion," Manager Clint Hurdle said on the positives of the season. "The starting rotation, the bullpen work that was done by those men this year. The fact that we were able to increase usable power offensively. I think that was a big part. I do think that when you get guys to buy in, some of the older guys that we got to come over and add. Our street creds picking up just by the conversations you have with opposing players now, managers, their perception."
Despite the collapse and not "finishing", there are some positives to take away from the season and some improvements along the way.
-- Record: The Pirates showed a seven-game improvement from the 2011 season (72-90)...