Originally written on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 9/10/13

23 June 2009: Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen (22) fields a fly ball during the Cleveland Indians 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo via Newscom

Getty Images

On the night of Monday, September 9, Pittsburgh Pirates fans everywhere were finally able to stop holding their breath.  Andrew McCutchen‘s stare into the sky after making the final out of the game said it all:  We’ve finally done it.  For the first time in two decades – count ‘em, 21 years – the Pirates have secured a winning season.  Yes, you read that right. After the 1992 season, Pittsburgh fell into a great depression.  The front office had plans to set out and start a team rebuild from head to toe.  They sent away all of their high-profile, high-payroll sluggers in favor for some young “Bucs”.  In the long run, this would prove to be one of the worst decisions ever made in the history of the franchise… and a  very long run it was.  The only time that the Pirates came close to a winning season since their decline was in 1997, where they finished second in the National League Central division, obviously despite having a losing record and a measly payroll of just $9 million. As t
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Big Ten coaches opposed to 9-game conference schedule

Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB trade deadline

Hill arrested for reckless driving, clocked going 107 mph

Diamondbacks GM: Padres wanted Goldschmidt for Kimbrel

'Rowdy' Roddy Piper dead at 61

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Mets acquire Yoenis Cespedes from Tigers

Sheldon Richardson escapes felony charges for recent arrest

Lawyer who litigated against NFL: Brady plays every game

Cowboys should sign interested RB Steven Jackson

Jameis Winston confirmed as Buccaneers starting QB

Russell Wilson contract increases likelihood of change

Five potential NFL salary cap casualties this preseason

RB signed by Chiefs day after tweeting them highlight video

Evgeni Malkin had real penguins at his birthday party

Pirates do Pirates at deadline: Neat little moves

Jonathan Papelbon thinks he became ‘scapegoat’ for Phillies

Padres don’t sell at trade deadline, reportedly because AJ Preller still believes in team

First photos of Jason Pierre-Paul’s injured hand emerge

Stop kvetching about Notre Dame, please

Rebuttal banner supporting Tom Brady flies over Pats practice

Ranking the NFL’s 32 head coaches

LeSean McCoy cancels party, but it wasn't some 'weird orgy'

Redskins making huge mistake by signing Galette

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Five potential NFL salary cap casualties this preseason

Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB trade deadline

Pirates do Pirates at deadline: Neat little moves

Mets acquire Cespedes from Tigers

Ranking the NFL’s 32 head coaches

Five worst baseball trades since 2000

Examining the state of the NFL

Puig: Broke out of slump by playing baseball video games

Braves dump risk, exchange it for risk

David Price traded to Blue Jays

The indefensible Hulk Hogan

Cole Hamels chose Rangers over Astros

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker