The following is from Pirates Prospects contributor John Dreker, as part of his ongoing Pirates History feature. The feature focuses on the history of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and every Sunday, John will take a look at a different piece of that history. This week John looks at how the 1888 team was built.
In their first season in the NL, the Pittsburgh Alleghenys finished a disappointing 55-69, in 6th place (out of 8 teams) and 24 games back of the leader. In this article I'm going to break down how the team, led by returning manager Horace Phillips, attacked their first off-season, way back before relievers and a deep bench were part of team's off-season checklist.
First I'll start with the who was new for the beginning of the year. Right after the 1887 season ended they acquired a v...
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