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Do the Pirates Still Belong in Pittsburgh?

Published by on June 6, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

The trade by the Pittsburgh Pirates of All-Star outfielder Nate McLouth is another reminder that the great tradition and history of the Pirates is now just that: history.

It has been 17 years since the Pirates last posted a winning record, and for most of that run they haven’t even been close.

Since last winning the NL East in 1992, the Pirates have posted a record of 1129-1447 (.438). Despite having one of the first picks in the amateur player draft year in and year out, the team has been getting consistently worse in recent years.

Pittsburgh has lost at least 87 games every year since 2000 and has lost either 94 or 95 games in each of the last four seasons.

It wasn’t always like thi...

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