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08:18 AM ET 12.27 | If the Pittsburgh is able to compete in 2012, it won't be by accident. One wave of young talent already has arrived on the shore of PNC Park, carrying everyday starters Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker, Pedro Alvarez and Jose Tabata. The next one remains offshore, but it's coming in hot, featuring the young talent of Starling Marte, Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, Josh Bell and several others. At some point, if all unfolds as planned, those waves will meet and create a promising lineup capable of ending the 19 consecutive sub-.500 seasons. ... "We're not really looking for that as a perfect storm of everything colliding and coming together," Pirates president Frank Coonelly said.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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December 27, 2011  09:36 AM ET

Will the MLB realignment help Pittsburgh?

December 27, 2011  09:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Will the MLB realignment help Pittsburgh?

The Pirates need to put a winner on the field.

December 27, 2011  09:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The Pirates need to put a winner on the field.

It seemed like they did for a little bit last season.

December 27, 2011  10:38 AM ET

I haven't done my research yet - but are any of those 'next wave' guys Starting Pitchers?

Cause it's gonna be a long season with what they've got.

December 27, 2011  10:42 AM ET

Small market teams like Pittsburgh and KC condition the fans and the press to be excited about reaching .500.

December 27, 2011  10:47 AM ET
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Small market teams like Pittsburgh and KC condition the fans and the press to be excited about reaching .500.

Being a fan of a small market I'd say it is unfortunate.

December 27, 2011  10:52 AM ET

Which will happen first: the Pirates finishing above .500, or the Cubs winning a WS?

December 27, 2011  11:35 AM ET
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Which will happen first: the Pirates finishing above .500, or the Cubs winning a WS?

103>19. Pirates have a good chance to do it next year. Cards will be worse. Brewers will be worse. Cubs are the Cubs, they aren't close to being good. At least the Pirates have a lot of good young talent.

December 27, 2011  11:44 AM ET
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I haven't done my research yet - but are any of those 'next wave' guys Starting Pitchers?Cause it's gonna be a long season with what they've got.

Jeff Locke has shown some promise. He's a lefty with a nice fastball. He's still a year away I think. His September callup numbers weren't Earth-shattering, but he's still young.

December 27, 2011  02:09 PM ET

Gonna be a Fun Year in Pittsburgh, if these young guys put together, there will be a lot of Red Faces in the Central Division!!! Go Bucs!!!

December 27, 2011  04:18 PM ET
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103>19. Pirates have a good chance to do it next year. Cards will be worse. Brewers will be worse. Cubs are the Cubs, they aren't close to being good. At least the Pirates have a lot of good young talent.

Keep counting / Cards worse? Wainwrights return must seal that. I was at PT's last nite and they seemed to have alot of young talents too but I don't think they'll win the NL Central either !

 
December 29, 2011  07:22 AM ET
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Keep counting / Cards worse? Wainwrights return must seal that. I was at PT's last nite and they seemed to have alot of young talents too but I don't think they'll win the NL Central either !

If they get Fielder they got a shot!!! He will also sell out the House!!!

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