Constructing the Pittsburgh Pirates All-Time Lineup

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PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 20: A Pittsburgh Pirates 1979 World Series Celebration patch is seen before the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at PNC Park on July 20, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 20: A Pittsburgh Pirates 1979 World Series Celebration patch is seen before the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at PNC Park on July 20, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /

Today, we take a stab at constructing the Pittsburgh Pirates all-time lineup. Something that is no easy task for a franchise with a long, storied history.

Over the Pittsburgh Pirates 133 year history, there has been a plethora of incredible talent to cement their legacy on this historic town and created a legacy that won’t soon be forgotten. While the Pirates have certainly fallen on their fair share of hard times, especially in the last 30 years, there are still few MLB franchises with as long and storied a history as the Pirates have.

From having played in the first ever World Series, to having 42 former players, managers, or executives that are now in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Pittsburgh Pirates have long put their stamp on baseball. Even though the Pirates have not won a World Series Championship since 1979, they are still tied for the fourth most World Series Championships in MLB history.

Even into the 1990s and 2000s, they continued to put their stamp on the sport with superstars and MVPs such as Barry Bonds and Andrew McCutchen. So, with a stories tradition like the Pirates have, constructing an all-time lineup can be a tough task. Largely due to their being plenty of options to choose from.

I’m often reminded of “The Sandlot” quote where Babe Ruth says, “legends never die”. These nine players, in my opinion, will live up to that quote.

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