Originally written on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 2/11/13
I've had a sense of dread about the 2013 season for the Pirates since the 2012 season ended. This is not because the Pirates are a hopeless mess, because they're not. Of all of the teams that the Pirates have fielded since 2005 when I started this blog, the 2013 edition of the Pirates is probably the least-Calvinistically-predestined for Baseball Doom. It's true that it's possible in February of pretty much any year to screw your eyes up and convince yourself that your favorite baseball team is a winner. It's true that this Pirate team is still flawed. It's true they won't (or at least they shouldn't) be anyone's pick to win the NL Central or one of the NL Lottery Ticket Wild Cards. All I'm saying is that this year, you don't have to hold the picture quite as far away from your face to convince yourself that something good could happen in PNC Park.  For five years under Neal Huntington, the Pirates have been wheeling and dealing and spending tons money on the draft and internati...
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