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Gearing up for a major home stand — the Pittsburgh Pirates?

By: 22 July 2011 One Comment

Believe it or not, the Pittsburgh Pirates are tied with the Milwaukee Brewers for first place in the National League Central.

What’s that news? Simply put, Pittsburgh has been terrible for a very, very long time. How bad? The team earned the distinction of having the worst record in American professional sports by compiling 17 straight losing seasons in 2009. They pushed that record to 18 losing seasons in 2010 and, during that year, managed to suffer the most humiliating loss in the team’s history with a 20-0 thrashing at the hands of the Brewers.

Think about this — Pittsburgh is the only team among those in Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Basketball Association (NBA) the National Football League (NFL) or the National Hockey League (NHL) to ever put together 18 straight losing seasons. Pittsburgh hasn’t broken .500 since 1992, back when Barry Bonds was on the team and the Pirates were one out away from going to the World Series (they lost in the National League championship to the Atlanta Braves that year).

When a team has been that horrible for that long and appears to be building a respectable season, that’s news. Pittsburgh is currently 51-45 and is gearing up for a major, three-game home stand against the St. Louis Cardinals this weekend. St. Louis is one game out of first in the NL Central with a 51-47 record.

It will, of course, be fascinating to see if Pittsburgh can make the playoffs for the first time in ages and break .500 for the first time since 1992.

About: Ethan C. Nobles:
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