Pittsburgh Pirates All Time Starting Lineup

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The Pittsburgh Pirates can trace their roots back to 1882. Over the years they have been known as the Pittsburgh Alleghenys (1882-1890) and as we know them today the Pittsburgh Pirates (1891-Present). The organization has made 16 playoff appearances, won 9 pennants, and 5 world championships. They have retired 9 numbers. Billy Meyer (1), Ralph Kiner (4), Willie Stargell (8), Bill Mazeroski (9), Paul Waner (11), Pie Traynor (20), Roberto Clemente (21), Honus Wagner (33), and Danny Murtaugh (40)

Below is a lineup of the best single seasons by position. Each player is only eligible for one season so we picked their best season.

 

Catcher

Jason Kendall

Jason Kendall, 1998

Key Stats: 5.6 WAR, .327/.411/.473, 95 R, 175 H, 36 2B, 3 3B, 12 HR, 75 RBI, 26 SB, .884 OPS, 31 HBP (1st NL)

Awards: NL All-Star

 

First Base

Gus Suhr, 1936

Key Stats: 5.4 WAR, .312/.410/.467, 111 R, 182 H, 33 2B, 12 3B, 11 HR, 118 RBI, 95 BB, .877 OPS

Awards: NL All-Star

 

Second Base

Johnny Ray, 1984

Key Stats: 4.6 WAR, .312/.354/.434, 75 R, 173 H, 38 2B (1st NL), 6 3B, 6 HR, 67 RBI, 11 SB, .789 OPS, 1.3 dWAR

 

Third Base

Bill Madlock

Bill Madlock, 1982

Key Stats: 6.2 WAR, .319/.368/.488, 92 R, 181 H, 33 2B, 3 3B, 19 HR, 95 RBI, 18 SB, .856 OPS, 13 SF

 

Shortstop

Honus Wagner, 1908

Key Stats: 11.5 WAR (1st NL), .354 (1st NL)/.415 (1st NL)/.542 (1st NL), 100 R, 201 H (1st NL), 39 2B (1st NL), 19 3B (1st NL), 10 HR, 109 RBI (1st NL), 53 SB (1st NL), 54 BB, .957 OPS (1st NL), 308 TB (1st NL), 1.4 dWAR

 

Left Field

Barry Bonds

Barry Bonds, 1990

Key Stats: 9.7 WAR (1st NL), .301/.406/.565 (1st NL), 104 R, 156 H, 32 2B, 3 3B, 33 HR, 114 RBI, 52 SB, 93 BB, .970 OPS (1st NL), 15 IBB, 2.5 dWAR

Awards: NL All-Star, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, NL MVP

 

Center Field

Andrew McCutchen, 2012

Key Stats: 7.0 WAR, .327/.400/.553, 107 R, 194 H (1st NL), 29 2B, 6 3B, 31 HR, 96 RBI, 20 SB, 70 BB, .953 OPS, 328 TB, 13 IBB

Awards: NL All-Star, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, 3rd in MVP

 

Right Field

Roberto Clemente

 

Roberto Clemente, 1966

Key Stats: 8.2 WAR, .317/.360/.536, 105 R, 202 H, 31 2B, 11 3B, 29 HR, 119 RBI, .896 OPS, 342 TB, 13 IBB, 1.3 dWAR, 12 outfield assists

Awards: NL All-Star, Gold Glove, NL MVP

 

Starting Pitcher

Vic Willis, 1906

Key Stats: 8.2 WAR (1st NL), 23 Wins, 1.73 ERA, 2.35 FIP, 32 CG, 6 SHO, 322 IP, 124 K, 1.152 WHIP

 

Starting Pitcher

John Candelaria, 1977

Key Stats: 7.4 WAR, 20 Wins, 2.34 ERA (1st NL), 3.90 FIP, 6 CG, 1 SHO, 230 2/3 IP, 133 K, 1.071 WHIP, 2.0 BB/9 (1st NL), .232 BAA

Awards: NL All-Star, 5th in Cy Young

 

Starting Pitcher

Babe Adams, 1913

Key Stats: 7.8 WAR (1st NL), 21 Wins, 2.15 ERA, 2.40 FIP (1st NL), 24 CG, 4 SHO, 313 2/3 IP, 144 K, 1.020 WHIP

 

Starting Pitcher

Preacher Roe, 1945

Key Stats: 7.3 WAR (1st NL), 14 Wins, 2.87 ERA, 2.49 FIP (1st NL), 15 CG, 3 SHO, 235 IP, 148 K (1st NL), 1.166 WHIP, 5.7 K/9

 

Starting Pitcher

Cy Blanton, 1935

Key Stats: 7.2 WAR (1st NL), 18 Wins, 2.58 ERA (1st NL), 2.77 FIP (1st NL), 23 CG, 4 SHO (1st NL), 254 1/3 IP, 142 K, 1.081 WHIP (1st NL)

 

Closer

Rich Gossage, 1977

Key Stats: 6.0 WAR, 26 SV, 11 Wins, 1.62 ERA, 2.50 FIP, 72 G, 133 IP, 151 K, 0.955 WHIP, 10.2 K/9

Awards: NL All-Star

 

 

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