Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Pirates Franchise Deep Six

Another Deep Six! This time with the team from Pittsburgh!

1stBabe AdamsJason KendallJake BeckleyBill MazeroskiPie TraynorHonus WagnerBarry BondsMax CareyRoberto Clemente
2ndWilbur CooperManny SanguillenElbie FletcherClaude RitcheyTommy LeachArky VaughanRalph KinerAndrew McCutchenPaul Waner
3rdSam LeeverTony PenaGus SuhrJohnny RayRichie HebnerGene AlleyFred ClarkeAndy Van SlykeDave Parker
4thBob FriendGeorge GibsonDonn ClendenonNeil WalkerDon HoakJay BellWillie StargellGinger BeaumontOrlando Merced
5thJesse TannehillSmoky BurgessGeorge GranthamRennie StennettBill MadlockDick GroatMike SmithMatty AlouBill Hinchman
6thJohn CandelariaJim PagliaroniBob RobertsonPhil GarnerBobby BonillaJack WilsonBob SkinnerJake StenzelChief Wilson

This is an interesting one. At certain positions they're incredibly deep (left field, center field), at others they're surprisingly shallow (pitcher, first base) and others have steep dropoffs (shortstop, right field).

Al Oliver, Bill Virdon and Lloyd Waner were all fine players who were eligible in center field, but the Pirates had so much strength there that even their longevity couldn't get them onto the list. At least, that was how I felt when I put the list together. Maybe on a different day they'd have made the cut. Andrew McCutchen could potentially overtake Carey if 2015 is another superb season for him. It was actually a pretty close call.

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