While the Honus Wagner trade obviously added a lot of talent, and the 1899 Pirates had a winning record (76-73), they were still the 7th best team in league coming into the 1900 National League season. Also three of the teams that were worse than the Pirates in 1899 were cut from the league trimming the NL down to just 8 teams for the first time since 1891. Since the AL didn't come into existence until the next season and from 1882-1891 there were at least two major leagues running at the same time, the talent and competition in the NL for 1900 was the best in a long time. With a strong group of players added to the core group from 1899 the Pirates looked strong enough to compete for their first NL title going into the season.

Fred Clarke

The rotation for 1900 included future Hall of...

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