Originally written January 01, 2012 on Pirates Prospects:
Continuing down memory lane with a look at the 82nd win in 1983. The 1982 Pirates were never in serious contention for the post-season. Althought they did play meaningful games in September, something that we have only been able to wish for recently. That 1982 team had a strong offense – ranking second in the National League in runs scored, first in homers and first in OPS. There was reason for optimism. Of the Opening Day starters in 1983, only Bill Madlock, Dave Parker and Lee Lacy were over 30. Lacy, at 35, and Rich Hebner (same age) were the two oldest players to get more than 100 plate appearances. But the offense in 1983 tailed off badly, falling to the middle of the National League in runs scored and dingers. While Johnny Ray and Tony Pena each posted similar years in 1983 that they had in 1982, Jason Thompson fell off quite a bit. He had 24 fewer extra base hits (including 13 fewer homers) and 25 fewer RBIs. In spite of that, his OPS+ of 115 would’ve been welcomed throughou...
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