Game #57 vs. Los Angeles

PNC Park | 7:05 | Maholm vs. Derek Lowe | Box Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com on the game: The Pirates ran out of time in their series finale against the Dodgers as their offense did not get rolling until the seventh inning. Xavier Nady crushed a two-run homer, and Jose Bautista added a solo shot in the eighth before Los Angeles put the game away. I think my intro to the game wrap would’ve read: The Pirates were losing 5-0 before...

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1985 Pirates Retrospective

Back on the old Buried Treasure site before the MVN upgrade, I had made a series of posts about the 1985 Pirates and their futility and the angst it caused me as a 14 year old die hard. Unfortunately, all the old posts won’t be able to be linked to the new site for various reasons, most of which are beyond my computer comprehension. However, back in December of 2006, when I was informed of the changeover, I made a point of...

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1985 Pirates Retrospective – Part 3

Slow Out of the Gate Much like the 2005 Pirates, the Bucs of 20 years ago got off to a slow start. Both teams were 4-11 after 15 games were complete. Both the 1985 team and the 2005 team struggled offensively at the onset of the season. Through 15 games, neither team was averaging even three runs per contest. While the 2005 team also had struggles on the mound – giving up 5.8 runs per game – the 1985 pitching staff was...

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Content for your perusal

Rarely do we post link dumps on Pittsburgh Lumber Co. these days, so I suppose you can consider this to be a special occasion. In any case, check out some work that Randy and I did around the Most Valuable Network. This week’s edition of The Last Page, MVN’s home for feature-length sportswriting, spotlights an article Randy wrote “about the great Roberto Clemente, [that] attempts to quell the call to have his number...

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1985 Pirates Retrospective – Part 5

Continuing with some season long themes: With Friends (Teammates) Like That, Who Needs Enemies? In an effort to score more runs and improve an offense that ranked 10th out of twelve teams in runs scored in 1984, the Pirates acquired three players who had previously driven in 100 or more runs in a single season: George Hendrick, Steve Kemp and Sixto Lezcano. Hendrick turned 34 during the season and was coming off his worse season in a...

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1985 Pirates Retrospective – Part 4

Some major story lines from the 1985 season: Who’s At Short? Dale Berra had been traded to the New York Yankees in the off season. Former Buc Tim Foli was reacquired in that deal. But questions arose almost immediately about his physical condition. During Spring Training skipper Chuck Tanner stated that he wanted healthy bodies playing and that if Foli could only play somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 games, then so be it....

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