A Recent History of the 82nd Win – 1983

Continuing down memory lane with a look at the 82nd win in 1983. The 1982 Pirates were never in serious contention for the post-season. Althought they did play meaningful games in September, something that we have only been able to wish for recently. That 1982 team had a strong offense – ranking second in the National League in runs scored, first in homers and first in OPS. There was reason for optimism. Of the Opening Day...

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A Recent History of the 82nd Win – 1982

Continuing with the history of the joy of being above .500, let’s have a look at 1982. After winning it all in 1979 and fading down the stretch in 1980, the 1981 season was nothing short of disastrous both for baseball and the Pirates. The 1981 strike commenced with the Pirates in fourth place and two games over .500. The split season continued with Pittsburgh finishing in last place in the second half of the season. The front...

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2011 Bradenton Marauders Preview: Bullpen

Today we wrap up the 2011 Brdenton Marauders preview with a look at the bullpen.  So far we’ve covered the infielders, outfielders, and the starting pitchers.  When you get as low as A-ball, you’re not going to have a lot of top bullpen prospects.  Most of the top arms, even ones that are projected as future bullpen pieces, are in the rotation to maximize their innings.  The guys who are in the bullpen might have a shot at...

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In Praise of Jason Thompson

I have a weird quest to acquire every regular issue baseball card for every Pirates player from 1952 to 1993. I’m way more than half way there, but my collection essentially starts in the early 1970s. I recently acquired a 1981 Topps Jason Thompson card, which got me thinking.

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