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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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    Roundtable

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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....

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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...

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    Climbing Out Of The Canyon – Part 1

    Pat from Where have you gone, Andy Van Slyke prominently displays this quote from the legendary center fielder on his blog: "Every season has its peaks and valleys. What you have to try to do is eliminate the Grand Canyon." Pat's banner reminds the casual Pirate fan that we haven't finished with...

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    The Ugliest Alternate Jersey I've Ever Seen

    Hello all, I'd like to give a quick introduction of myself before I get into the meat of my first quick post at MVN. I'm Cory Humes of A New Pirates Generation and Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable. I'm a junior journalism major at Point Park University in downtown Pittsburgh. I'm a Pirates baseball...

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