Why are the Pittsburgh Pirates so bad?

they never get any where... 17 straight losing seasons-- God only knows the last time they made the playoffs

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Most people would blame the small market woes.I don't see it that way I blame poor scouting and not enough money in scouting.They sign these over the hill people or no one at all.The Brewers ( my fav.team) lost the same amount of years ending 2006.They drafted and signed Prince,Ryan Braun and others while the pirates drafting people they could low ball with high draft picks.The minors for the Pirates are getting better so maybe in a few years.Either good young pitching or a whole lot and I mean a lot of offense.

    1992 was the last time the team made the playoffs with Barry Bonds and Bobby Bo.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Because they are in a small market and have a small payroll. Other teams have made this work (Oakland, Minnesota), so Pittsburgh really doesn't have an excuse any longer. They need to farm some talent.

    EDIT: Yes Sugardaddy Sean, Pittsburgh is a very small market. Only 3 teams have smaller markets according to the below source. Just because the Steelers have strong support doesn't mean the market is large. Look at the Green Bay Packers. I live in Nashville with the Tennessee Titans, and there's no way we could support a MLB team with 162 games a year.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Pittsburgh a small market? Are you kidding me? A city that is home of the Steelers? Ya right small market haha

    Let me tell you the real reason, its because their managment is horrible. They are a cursed franchise they had Barry Bonds and got rid of him. They have a cheap owner who doesnt spend money on free agents. They traded away Aramis Ramirez their best prospect a number of years ago and give bad contracts to bad players. If they want to get over .500 the firs thing they need to do is get rid of their owner or general manager because the way they draft and spend they will never break this 17 straight seasons without a winning season streak. Sad truth

  • 1 decade ago

    Management and the front office does have something to do with it, but yes, Pittsburgh is a small-market baseball city. Large market for football, small market for Baseball. (Similar to Los Angeles being a great market for Basketball and Baseball, but having a very small share for football). Small markets tend to have low revenue coming in, so they can't really pay to get big or established free-agents. Couple this with a front office that cannot draft or develop prospects and you have a cesspool of mediocrity.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I blame the whole of Pennsylvania..*cough* Phillies aren't better off

  • 1 decade ago

    Because they have bad coaching, lame fan support and in general just mostly bad players

    Source(s): Ave you seen them play?!
  • Kenny
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    1 decade ago

    Poor ownership.

  • 1 decade ago

    cause they're from pittsburgh,,hahahaha

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