Climbing Out of the Canyon – Part 3

Onward we go in the series of season previews of the NL Central’s teams. Part 1 covered the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals, and Part 2 went over the Astros. Journeying down the 2006 standings, we next come to the Cincinnati Reds. Remember, I’m trying to find out if the time has come for the Bucs to climb out of the canyon: Will the 14-year-long losing streak finally be snapped? Jerry Narron’s ballclub finished...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable #10

Hello all, and welcome to the first PPR hosted at MVN. We’re still trying to work out a few bugs, but I figured I’d post our most recent effort now for your viewing pleasure. This site will be a little different from our old home, http://pirates.mlblogs.com. First, you’ll be able to easily access the blogs of our contributors–click the links next to their names, and you’ll open new browser windows pointed...

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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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Climbing Out of the Canyon – Part 2

On Saturday, I started the Climbing Out of the Canyon series with Part 1, which previewed the 2007 Cardinals. Continuing on down the ’06 final standings, I’m ready for Part 2 and the Houston Astros. Phil Garner’s squad was almost able to capitalize on St. Louis’ late-season collapse–but close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. They finished at 82-80, 1.5 games out of the division lead, and...

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Batting Out Of Order

Duffy-Wilson-Sanchez? Or Duffy-Sanchez-LaRoche? The Pirates’ lineup has been getting a lot of attention as of late (such as in the P-G here and here, on Pirates.com here, and at WHYGAVS and Honest Wagner), as there’s not too much else to talk about in the world of hardball at the end of January. The Bucs won’t bring in any other significant pieces (save possibly another starting pitcher), so everyone’s talking...

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