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The Pirates are about to hit their annual milestone

Aug 20, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT

The Pirates loss to the Marlins last night was loss number 81. Which means the next loss will be loss 82, sealing their 18th straight losing season. We knew it was coming, but we know most milestones are coming and we still celebrate them anyway.

As Dejan Kovacevic notes, this marks the earliest point in a season in which the Pirates have locked in the losing season during their dubious run. They’re on pace to lose 109 games.

At some point soon — probably within the next year or two — the Pirates are going to have players on the active big league roster who weren’t alive the last time the team finished above .500.

  1. BC - Aug 20, 2010 at 9:49 AM

    The real question is, who is going to be the winner of the 2010 MLB Death Spiral? The Pirates or the Orioles? Gonna be a close one.

  2. birdmancometh - Aug 20, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    Congrats to the Pirates on their accomplishment. Couldn’t have happened to a better city.

  3. mattjg - Aug 20, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    As much as it sucks to see another losing season, at least the Bucs aren’t trying to turn the franchise around by signing guys like Jose Guillen, Scott Podsenik and Rick Ankiel. Believe it or not, the last five days may have been the franchise’s best week since 1992. Between Jameson Taillon, Stetson Allie and Luis Heredia, the Pirates may have signed the three best pre-college arms available this year. Of course pitching prospects are always risky, especially ones as young as these three, but even if only one pans out, the Pirates should have a legitimate ace leading a team that should be in the mix in four or five years.

  4. RickyB - Aug 20, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    Not that it’s a big milestone, but a couple nights ago when Kerry Wood struck out the two hitters he faced (to avoid Miguel Cabrera coming to the plate as the go-ahead run I believe), the first whiff was his 1,500th. After all the injuries he’s dealt with, I thought that was a nice number for him. Didn’t see it even mentioned in any recap of the game in the New York papers or the national outlets. Sometimes we don’t see milestones coming (but the big ones, yeah, we do).

  5. Old Gator - Aug 20, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    Annie Dillard comes from Peetsburgh. That’s something, anyway.

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