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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A Recent History of the 82nd Win -1980

Though there were excellent signs of improvement in 2011, the Pittsburgh Pirates are not close to contention. Next year, though, we might reasonably expect them to return to mediocrity. That’s right: I’m expecting 82 wins next year. The Pirates inability to even achieve mediocrity has been well documented. The current streak of futility is record setting. But diving back another decade or so isn’t pleasant either....

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Game 101 Recap: Braves Win on Blown Call at Home

They will be talking about this one for a long, long time. The game itself was long. The game featured many, many blown chances. Ultimately, the game ended on a blown call. Home plate umpire Jerry Meals called Julio Lugo safe on a tag play at home in the 19th inning. He was out. He was clearly out. He was called safe and the game ended. The blown call caused mayhem for both parties. Atlanta celebrated in right field like a man who was...

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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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