The Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped their 2011 regular season up last night, finishing with a loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, and dropping to a 72-90 record.  The record marked their 19th consecutive losing season in a row, which was frustrating for a lot of Pirates fans after the team reached first place in the division as late as mid-July.  The season ultimately goes down as a loss in the record books, but it offers an encouraging sign for the near future.

It's hard to deny that progress was made in 2011.  The Pirates improved by 15 games from 2010 to 2011.  It wasn't exactly hard to improve on a 57 win season, but the improvement was significant.  We're not talking about jumping up to 60 wins.  We're talking about 15 games.  Coming in to the season, there were questions about whether the P...

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