A Recent History of the 82nd Win – 1990

After climbing the hill in 1988, the Pirates slipped badly in 1989. The club fell below the .500 mark again and was never closer than 10 off the pace after the All-Star break. The Pirates re-tooled slightly heading into 1990. Bobby Bonilla was moved from third base into right field. Former first round pick Jeff King took over the hot corner. Ted Power was signed as a free agent to help out in the bullpen. The acquisition of Walt...

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A Recent History of the 82nd Win – 1988

After being as close to a perpetual contender as any team in the National League East, the Pirates went through what was to my teenage eyes the worst three years imaginable. 1984, 1985 and 1986 saw the Pirates finish dead last each season. Back then, I thought that three year stretch of futility and hopelessness was the worst the team would ever experience. As Bob Seger once penned, ‘Wish I didn’t know now what I...

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This Date in Pirates History: November 1

Born on this date in in 1956 was Gary Redus, who played five years for the Pittsburgh Pirates, including all three NL East pennant winning seasons in the early 90′s. Redus got his career off to an amazing start, hitting .462 in 68 games with Billings of the Pioneer League in 1978 after being drafted by the Reds in the 15th round of the amateur draft that year. Despite that quick start it still took him four more full seasons to...

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Classic Pirates memories, Win Expectancy style

While glancing at the Win Expectancy chart for last night’s Yankees-Rangers game, I realized that FanGraphs also has these charts for historical games. Although I already knew that, I had never taken the time to sift through some older games. Here is a look at some of my all-time favorite Pirates games.

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