Pittsburgh Pirates All-Decade Team

 

By John Perrotto Looking back at the Pirates in the 2000s, as the decade comes to a close, there have been some positives for the franchise. For one, they opened PNC Park in 2001 and it is generally considered the best facility in the major leagues. Secondly, uh, secondly, well there really is no second. The 2000s consisted of a whole lot of losing by the Pirates as they finished under .500 during all 10 seasons of the decade. That pushes their streak of losing seasons to 17, a record for major North American team sports. However, let’s sift through the rubble of the 2000s, a period in which the Pirates never won more than 75 games in a season and averaged nearly 94 losses a year to try to pick an all-decade team for the woebegone franchise: Catcher_Jason Kendall. Even though “The Kid” wasn’t as good in the 2000sRead More »

Sanchez goes 6-for-6; Pirates beat Cubs 10-8

 

By Paul Ladewski CHICAGO – Their kind of town, Chicago isn’t. But if ever there was a time for the Pirates for warm up to the Windy City, then the series opener against the Cubs on Monday night appeared to be it. The Cubs returned from a winless road trip in which they scored a total of five runs in six games. And they were without first baseman Derrek Lee (flu), pitcher Carlos Marmol (maternity leave), third baseman Aramis Ramirez (dislocated shoulder) and infielder Bobby Scales (flu) because of various health reasons. So even though the Pirates didn’t display their A game in a wacky 10-8 victory at Wrigley Field, they weren’t about to throw it back into Lake Michigan, either. It was only their fifth win against the Cubs in their last 22 games. Freddy Sanchez led an 18-hit assault with four singles, one double and one home runRead More »