All posts tagged "John Smiley"

  • Pirates History
    This Date in Pirates History: June 3

    Two Pittsburgh Pirates trades made on this date, 103 years apart but with similar results for the team that was giving up the veteran in exchange for the prospects. John Fredland in his Jolly Roger Rewind, covers a brilliant pitching performance from the 1988 season. The Trades On this date in 2009,...

  • Pirates History
    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...

  • Pirates History
    This Date in Pirates History: March 17

    Six former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date and we start with the one that was also traded on his birthday. John Smiley(1965) pitched for the Pirates from 1986 until 1991. He was a 12th round draft pick of Pittsburgh in the 1983 amateur draft, that made his major league debut...

  • Pirates History
    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...

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