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Boston Red Sox
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...
BEST OF MAXIM
Despite what we’ve seen over the last two decades, the Pirates during their long history have had some mighty good infields and outfields. No, really. Inspired by a brief exchange on a message board recently, I thought it’d be interested to try to determine which ones were the best.
As a measure, I decided to use Wins Above Replacement (WAR), specifically the version found...
The Mexican Pacific League playoffs began yesterday. This league uses a playoff format like we’re used to seeing in the US leagues. The top 6 teams are in the playoffs, with #1 Culiacan playing the #6 Navojoa, #2 Mexicali vs. #5 Mochis, and #3 Obregon vs. #4 Hermosillo in the best-of-7 first round. Los Venados de Mazatlan, with Pirates’ Rogelio Noris, finished in last...
Born on this date in 1911 was Hall of Fame first baseman Hank Greenberg who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1947. He missed nearly five seasons due to World War II but the 36 year old Greenberg still led the American League in homers with 44 and RBI’s with 127 his first full season back in baseball in 1946. The Pirates purchased him from the Detroit Tigers for $75,000 in January...
Before I get into the birthdays for today(there are no trades to mention) I have to mention the tragic passing of a legendary Pittsburgh Pirates player on this date in 1972 when the great Roberto Clemente died in a plane crash en route to Nicaragua to deliver relief aid after the country was struck by an earthquake. He was just 38 years old.
Clemente passed away 39 years ago today...
A few months ago, one of my favorite guys on the interwebs, Paul "Sully" Sullivan posted his "All Nope... Not THAT One Team". Basically, it was a roster of players who share the names of other famous people.And if the modern day king of shedding light on the "things that make you go hmmm" makes a sequel...I'd like to add Pittsburgh Pirates reliever...
Edwin Jackson is looking for a five year deal at $12 M a year.
At the start of the off-season I had Edwin Jackson listed as a pitcher that I liked, but one that I never thought would be a possibility for the Pittsburgh Pirates. A few weeks ago I pointed out that the market for the 28 year old right hander has been surprisingly quiet. There were talks that Jackson’s asking price...
With the Hall Of Fame election announcement coming on January 9, 2012, it is time to review the ballot, go over the names, and decide who belongs in the Hall Of Fame.
There are twenty seven men on the ballot this year and we will take a look at each one individually prior to official announcements. You can find all of the profiles in the I-70 Baseball Exclusives: Cooperstown Choices...
For a team that finished 23.5 games back in the standings in 1906, the Pittsburgh Piratesdid very little to improve for the following season. It is likely they expected the Chicago Cubs to fall back somewhat from their amazing 116-36 season but looking at the off-season moves, or lack there of, you could say that the Pirates themselves should’ve expected to regress as well. Now...
Born on this date in 1951 was all-star third baseman Bill Madlock who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1979 until 1985. He was originally drafted by the Washington Senators in 1970 and made his major league debut in 1973 after they moved to Texas. After just one season he was traded to the Chicago Cubs for Hall of Fame pitcher Fergie Jenkins. The Cubs dealt him to the Giants...
We'll keep track of today's minor moves right here..
In a press release, the Blue Jays announced the signings of right-handers Jerry Gil, Robert Coello, and shortstop Brian Bocock to minor league deals. All three players will receive invitations to Major League spring training. Bocock was involved in a minor mid-season swap this year when he was sent from the Phillies...