Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable #11

Question #1: True or false: The Pirates are putting too much stock in their top four starting pitchers. Wilbur T. Miller from Pirate Player Profiles: True. The bullpen figures to be deep but not outstanding, especially with Gonzalez gone. The hitting still figures to be below average. It’ll have to be the rotation that produces most of whatever improvement they’re going to show. And some of these guys will get hurt, as we’ve already...

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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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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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