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2014 Pirates Team Preview: Postseason Encore

John Toperzer

John Toperzer

John Toperzer writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

2014 Pittsburgh Pirates Team Preview

The 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates won 94 games and with it washed away 20 straight seasons of losing – the longest such streak in the history of North American professional team sports – into the Allegheny River.

Manager Clint Hurdle won manager of the year honors, Andrew McCutchen was voted the National League MVP and Francisco Liriano was named the senior circuit’s comeback player of the year.

Pitching coach Ray Searage mentored the staff to an overall 3.26 ERA – third-best in baseball – and the bullpen crafted a 79 percent save rate, highest in either league. Analytics whiz, Dan Fox, helped design a defensive shift system which received the blessing of Hurdle and turned a league-leading 52.5 percent ground ball rate (Pittsburgh was the only team at or above 50 percent) into outs.

With all of the coach staff returning, aside from hitting coach Jay Bell (who became the Reds’ bench coach), the organizatio

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