Back When Things Went Right – Part Three

Check out Part One and Part Two of this series. This was originally going to be just a two-part piece about the building of the 1970s Pirates, but in the course of writing Part Two I got interested in the trades they made during the decade. Consequently, I decided to summarize all the trades they made during the 1970s that involved players who had major league careers of any significance after the trades. This is a long list and I...

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Rangers Claim Ramon Aguero

Aguero was claimed by the Texas Rangers. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram is reporting that the Texas Rangers have claimed Ramon Aguero off waivers from the Pirates and added him to their 40-man roster. The Pirates removed Aguero from their 40-man at the beginning of the season to clear space for Jose Veras. The Pirates added Aguero to the roster after a 2009 season in which he made his way to AA from the low minors on the strength of a...

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Back When Things Went Right — Part Two

  Click Here To Read Part One The Pirates were one of MLB’s dominant franchises in the 1970s. Their record that decade included two world championships, six division titles, three second-place finishes, and one third-place finish. With the exception of the 1973 team, which went 80-82 in the wake of Roberto Clemente’s tragic death, their worst record was 88-74 in 1974, and they still won the division. The 1970s teams started off...

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Back When Things Went Right – Part One

After eighteen years of losing, Pirate fans are used to things not working. Lots of things not working. Baseball teams make many decisions in the course of just one season, let alone eighteen, and some are going to turn out well even if it’s just by accident, but you can’t have very many turn out well if you’re going to keep losing for eighteen years. At that point, you’ve defeated the laws of chance. Yet there was a time when the...

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Report from Pirate City – 3/21

This will be an abbreviated report, as I left about halfway through the games.  The Pirates’ upper level minor leaguers took on the Phillies’.  Once again, many of the at-bats went to major leaguers, this time Ryan Doumit, Ronny Cedeno and Chris Snyder, so my ability to watch the minor league hitters were limited.  Doumit and Snyder didn’t contribute any offense, while Cedeno got on a few times. The starters were...

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