This is your chance. Neal Huntington heard it from multiple teams leading up to the 2013 Trade Deadline. More than one competing front office told the Pirates general manager to "act properly," as this was his chance to end 20 years of losing.

"Reminding us how important it was to the city for us to win and how long it had been," Huntington said. "We understand it. You know it's part of the gamesmanship. It had no impact whatsoever, if not turning us against them a little bit."

Huntington did act properly. No other NL Central rival budged and overpaid to improve their current roster, so neither did he. It sets up for a very competitive next three pennant races. The Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds are all built to jockey for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 pennants until the ...

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James dabbles in the baseballey-writey world. He won the SABR Analytics Conference Research Award for contemporary baseball analysis. It was for that defensive shifts piece, you remember that? Not a huge deal, he also lost a bunch of other awards. He has also written for NBCOlympics.com, Pittsburgh Magazine, Pittsburgh Sports Report and the official websites of the Los Angeles Clippers and Pittsburgh Penguins. By night, James is a television news reporter and weekend anchor for WKBN and WYTV in Youngstown, Ohio. Makes sense, seeing as how his degree from the University of Southern California is in Broadcast Journalism. James dispenses more bad jokes at his Twitter account, @JamesSantelli. It's there that he promises to write in the first-person.