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Well, here we are again. It has been 17 painful years since our Pittsburgh Pirates have made the October Classic. Names like Bonds, Bonilla, Bell (Jay), and Belinda are spirits of better times, whereas players such as Bautista (Jose), Van Benschoten, Burnitz, and Bruback are ghosts of the past decade and a half-plus. á This season just added to the hardships with the team scoring only a measly 482 runs, which is 327 less than the NL regular-season champion L.A. Dodgers. For you statistic fans, that is 2.99 runs per game. Pitiful. Losing 99 games this year (which is less than many predicted) brings the 17-year tally up to 1,166-1,518, which is a .434 winning percentage. With the 62-99 record, the win percentage for the year was a staggering .385, second lowest only to the 2001 debacle of 6 ...

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