Originally written on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 11/16/14
In 2011, the Pittsburgh Pirates set a Major League baseball record for the worst finish by a team that was in 1st place in their Division as late in the season as they were.  The club finished 72-90, for their 19th straight losing season. Here in 2012, the Pittsburgh Pirates set another Major League record, becoming the first club in history to finish below .500, after being 16 or more games above .500 at one point during the season.  The club finished 79-83 for their 20th straight losing season- once again besting their own record for most consecutive losing seasons by a franchise in North American sports history.  (Like 2011, the Pirates would’ve made the playoffs and lifted the losing seasons’ yoke had they simply played .500 baseball down the home stretch of the season.) That’s 3 colossal records that no franchise should want any part of…and yet the Pirates own all 3.  Given such catastrophic season endings, long-suffering Pirates’ fans should’ve seen HUGE changes this offseason...
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