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: December 14

On this date in 1998 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded pitcher Jon Lieber to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for outfielder Brant Brown. Lieber started his career with the Pirates in 1994 and went 38-47 4.36 in 151 games, 104 as a starter. He was 8-14 4.11 for the Pirates in 1998. Brown was in his third season with the Cubs in 1998 but at age 27 it was his first full season. He hit .291 with 14 homers and 48 RBI’s in 124 games. Brant...

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This Date in Pirates History: December 13

On this date in 2001 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded starting pitcher Todd Ritchie and minor leaguer Lee Evans to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for pitchers Josh Fogg, Kip Wells and Sean Lowe. For Fogg the date has double meaning as it is also his birthday. Ritchie, who was 30 at the time of the trade, was a starter for the Pirates for three seasons, going 35-32 4.29 in 90 starts. Evans was a catcher who had reached AA in his six...

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This Date in Pirates History: December 4

On this date in 1989 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded pitcher Jeff Robinson and minor leaguer Willie Smith to the New York Yankees in exchange for catcher Don Slaught. The trade was a one-sided win for the Pirates as Slaught spent six seasons in Pittsburgh, including three years in which the Pirates won the NL East while Robinson pitched just one year out of the Yankees bullpen before leaving via free agency and Smith played just one...

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