I have to be honest, I've never really cared about the losing streak.
Watching bad baseball for 20 years? That wasn't good. Watching horrible move after horrible move for 20 years? It made you turn to your XBox, which was the only place the Pirates had a realistic shot of winning.
But how many years in a row the Pirates had lost? I didn't care. If the Pirates had won a few more games in 1997 or 1999, they wouldn't have the streak. But that wouldn't have meant that they weren't a bad team all of those years. It just would have meant they had 3-4 extra wins one year, after falling short in all of the other 19 years.
The thing about the streak is that it never mattered when looking at future years and looking at how the team should be built. There were so many years where people only cared about the losing streak, and criticized any rebuilding efforts by discussing how long the losing streak would extend. The thing people should...
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.