This Date in Pirates History: December 20

On this date in 1984 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded Dale Berra, Al Pulido and Jay Buhner to the New York Yankees for Steve Kemp and Tim Foli. Berra and Foli were teammates on the Pirates for three seasons, with Berra backing up Foli when he wasn’t his double play partner. Pulido was almost 28 and had pitched just two games for the Pirates, one in 1983 and one in 1984 and he struggled in both games. Buhner was just a minor leaguer...

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This Date in Pirates History: December 6

Born on this date in 1950 was Tim Foli, who played shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1979 to 1981, then returned in 1985 to finish his career. Foli was drafted first overall in the 1968 amateur draft by the Mets and he made his major league debut in late 1970 with them. He played just one full season there before being traded to the Montreal Expos, where he played until 1977 when he was traded to the Giants. The Giants sold...

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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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Downfall of the Fam-A-Lee Redux

I have been absent for almost a month. Gone and perhaps forgotten? Hopefully not. 2009 got off to a weird start as my family and I came home on the night of January 1, 2009 and found our house under some water. So, some new flooring and a burnt out furnace motor later, we finally have the house back together in time for March Madness and Spring Training. My apologies for the extra long delay. In addition to the damage to my house, the...

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