Pittsburgh Pirates Logo – The Pittsburgh Pirates are a deductible baseball based in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania, USA) operating in the Major League Baseball. Nicknamed The Bucs, Pirates of the franchise was founded in 1882 as the Pittsburgh Alleghenys and evolving since 2001 at PNC Park (38,496 seats). Among the great players who played for the Pirates include Honus Wagner, Roberto Clemente, Pie Traynor, Paul Waner and Willie Stargell that help the franchise to win five times the World Series in 1909, 1925, 1960, 1971 and 1979.
In Central Division of the National League since 1994, the Pirates are still awaiting a coronation or even a ticket to the playoffs. They set an unenviable record of 19 consecutive losing seasons from 1993 to 2011. The Pirates then win three division titles in a row, in 1990, 1991 and 1992. However, whenever they fall in championship series, the stage before the World Series, losing twice to face the Atlanta Braves at very tight series and sometimes controversial, due to some questionable decisions of arbitrators.
During the winter of 1992-1993, Bonds and Bonilla left the team, signing lucrative contracts with other formations. Both players then criticize openly the direction of the team, noting that Andy Van Slyke was receiving preferential treatment. These statements are rekindling the debate on racism in sports at Pittsburgh. Since then, the Pirates have not experienced winning seasons. Analysts claim that this is due to the incompetence of the old dining-General Cam Bonifay, who awarded lucrative contracts to players such as Derek Bell and Jason Kendall without developing young players and give them a real place in the organization.