Some of the most talented Pittsburgh Pirates ever played in left field. But out of all the All-Stars and MVPs, who were the five best to man left field for the Pirates?
Many of the Pittsburgh Pirates positions have a deep history in not just Pittsburgh history, but MLB history as a whole. As I have been doing, I have been going through each position on the diamond, and ranking who the best five players the Pirates have had man who position in their history. This time, we’re going to go through one of the deepest positions the Pirates have had in their history – left field.
This one was truly hard. The Pittsburgh Pirates have had so many great players in left field. Many of them are already in the Hall of Fame, or Hall of Fame worthy. Like with the past lists, I will be heavily weighing a player’s league adjusted stats such as wRC+ and OPS+, and taking into account positional adjustments for defense. Also, if a player has played more games with the Pirates, they’ll be weighed heavier than one with fewer games played with the Pirates.
So with that out-of-the-way, let’s get into number 5, which might surprise you.