Question #1:
Will the 2007 edition of the Pittsburgh Pirates be the best team to take the field since 1992?

Mark from Pirates Journal:
Unfortunately, no. The Pirates won as many as 79 games in 1997 when they finished second place, and I don’t see the Pirates winning that many games in what should be a tougher NL Central this year (with the Chicago Cubs' spending spree). There is a ton of promise though. Adam LaRoche provides the Pirates with another solid slugger to go along with Jason Bay, and with guys like Zach Duke, Ian Snell and Tom Gorzelanny getting another year in the rotation under their belt, there are some things to get excited about. Just not right now. I think the Pirates will win around 72 games, although their bullpen could easily push them back down into the high 60s.

Mat...

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Randy is currently living and thriving in suburban Dayton, OH with his wife and two kids. He was raised in Cincinnati, OH and attended Anderson High School. He went to Miami University (Ohio) and received a degree in Paper Science Engineering from MU. He is a devout Christian and a pop culture buff. He coaches his son’s baseball and basketball teams and his daughters softball and basketball teams. Randy has been a Pirates fan since the late 1970s and has fond memories of the 1979 World Series team. He began blogging for Most Valuable Network in 5/2004 after stumbling across a help-wanted sign for a Pirates blogger. He wrote for Pittsburgh Lumber Co. until the site merged with Pirates Prospects in 2/2011.