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1979 Pittsburgh Pirates

Posted by ashbury , 23 June 2018 · 778 views

Attending a nice panel discussion at SABR this morning, including 1979 Pirates champions John Candelaria and Grant Jackson. They reminded the audience that the team started out 12-18, and were in fourth place at the all star break. Their recollection was that there was still a long way to go, and they just continued to play the games one at a time. While the odds are against our 2018 Twins, it wouldn't be unprecedented to go all the way. The panel reminds me that the players have to just shut out all the noise that we fans listen to.

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Let's keep going with this comparison - they had Dave Parker, Willie Stargell, Phil Garner, John Candelaria, Kent Tekulve, Jim Bibby, Bert Blyleven, Bill Madlock... Please point out the comparative talent on this Twins Team.Nice to have hope, but this one does not work for me.That was a fun Pirates team.

"We are family"...one of my favorite World Series teams and I was always a big Willie Stargell fan. Still a lot of season left for our Minnesota Twins, but the ship had better get righted soon if they want to play baseball after September 30.

Let's keep going with this comparison - they had Dave Parker, Willie Stargell, Phil Garner, John Candelaria, Kent Tekulve, Jim Bibby, Bert Blyleven, Bill Madlock... Please point out the comparative talent on this Twins Team.Nice to have hope, but this one does not work for me.That was a fun Pirates team.

My point was more about the human side of the game.

 

That's why I like to go to the SABR conference. Nice to be forced to get away from the non-stop analytic mindset that I usually gravitate toward on the internet. :)

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