By: Tony Del Sardo
The 2010 Pittsburgh Pirates are a young team with new and exciting faces on the roster. Your Buccos still have their young core players from last year but there are a few new faces on the team this year, including relievers Brendan Donnelly, D.J. Carrasco, and Octavio Dotel. These relief pitchers were added to strengthen the bullpen which was near the bottom of the National League last season. The Pirates also added outfielder Ryan Church, shortstop Bobby Crosby, and second baseman Akinori Iwamura. There is still promise to the season because of the returning Pirates outfielders, Andrew McCutchen, Lastings Milledge, and Garret Jones. All three of these players had a surprising year with the team in 2009. As we all know, the Pirates have not been successful in the last 18 seasons and have broken the MLB record for consecutive losing seasons with 17. However, the Pirates have traded away their big leaguers to strengthen their farm system so that the can build for the future with players such as Brad Lincoln, Neil Walker, Pedro Alvarez, and Jose Tabata. All of these young players might be seen later on in the season, similar to when Andrew McCutchen was called up from the minors last year. Sadly, these Pirates don’t have the talent that other clubs have, like the Cubs, Yankees, or Red Sox, but these young players will try their hardest every game this year. Luckily, Pittsburgh has PNC Park to bring in fans to watch their Pirates play. But I wonder… would anyone go to a Pirate game if we didn’t have PNC Park?