Downfall of the Fam-A-Lee – Part 3

Going alphabetically down the list of 1979 Pirates that were acquired via trade brings us to Mike Easler. The Trade On 3/15/79 the Pirates sent cash, career minor leaguer George Hill and career minor leaguer Martin Rivas to the Red Sox for Easler. The Background Long before he was known as “Hit Man” or at least long before he was known to me as that, Easler was a 14th round draft pick of the Astros in 1969. He was traded a...

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Downfall of the Fam-A-Lee – Part 2

The authors of the book When the Bucs Won it All state that the Pirates plunge into last place in the 1980s was due to the poor trades that were made to acquire the players on the 1979 club. I disagree. In part 1 of this series, I looked at how the World Series roster was put together – which players were acquire via trade, draft, and free agency. In the next several posts, I’ll analyze the trades that brought the members...

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Downfall of the Fam-A-Lee – Part 1

In 2006 I read the book When the Bucs Won it All by Bill Ranier and David Finoli. The authors suggest that the Pirates failings in the mid-80s were mainly due to the trades that took place putting the 1979 team in place. The authors stated: Because he (GM Pete Peterson) no longer had the personnel to trade like he did when he first took over, Pittsburgh slid from the top of the rung all the way down to the bottom in the second half of...

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Book Review: A Well Paid Slave by Brad Snyder

This biography of Curt Flood is well written and unbelievably meticulously researched. Brad Snyder is a lawyer by trade and it shows in his preparation and delivery. In fact, if there is one bad thing about this book it’s that it is a bit heavy on the court room jargon and procedures. Nonetheless, I highly recommend it. I’m assuming that everybody who is reading this is aware, to some extent, of Flood’s story. If you are not, shame on...

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LaRoche a Good Fielder? And Other Things

I do not claim to be an expert on fielding or fielding statistics. Nor do I claim to have studied the fielding abilities of Adam LaRoche live or on the tube. But, every comment I’ve read about him since his rumored and finally consummated trade to Pittsburgh speaks of him as being, at best, an average fielder. Definitely a lumberer. Yet Mike Berardino’s Inside Dish left me scratching my head. He quotes a rival scout as saying, “Having...

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