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Pops, Roberto & Cutch : The Pittsburgh Pirates All-Time Team

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The Starting Lineup

C     Jason Kendall Jason Kendall
1B     Willie Stargell Willie Stargell
2B     Bill Mazeroski Bill Mazeroski
SS     Honus Wagner Honus Wagner
3B     Pie Traynor Pie Traynor
LF     Barry Bonds Barry Bonds
CF     Andrew McCutchen Andrew McCutchen
RF     Roberto Clemente Roberto Clemente
DH     Ralph Kiner Ralph Kiner
Six MVPs in the lineup, including Dave Parker platooning with Ralph Kiner at designated hitter. Four players (Parker, Wagner, Clemente, and Bonds) won batting titles, and this lineup has more batting titles than any team other than Detroit's.

The Pirates arguably have the best defensive outfield of any all-time team, all three are Gold Glove winners with speed.

Paul Waner should get some starts as the left-handed side of the DH platoon, and Arky Vaughan deserves some playing time too at the same spot.
1.   McCutchen
2.   Bonds
3.   Clemente
4.   Wagner
5.   Stargell
6.   Parker/Kiner
7.   Kendall
8.   Traynor
9.   Mazeroski

The Rotation

SP     Babe Adams Babe Adams
SP     Wilbur Cooper Wilbur Cooper
SP     John Candelaria John Candelaria
SP     Sam Leever Sam Leever
SP     Bob Friend Bob Friend
Hall of Famer Vic Willis won twenty games four times for the Bucs, but he was only really a great pitcher in one of those seasons. He spent only four years with Pittsburgh. Then there's Vern Law, the first Pirate to win the Cy Young Award. But he and Deacon Phillippe, who pitched with Willis early in the 20th century, just miss making this rotation, which is one of the weakest of the original 16 teams. Cooper is the only pitcher to win 200 games with the Pirates (202), but Adams, Leever, and Leever all won 190+.

The Bullpen

RP     Kent Tekulve Kent Tekulve
RP     Bob Veale Bob Veale
RP     Roy Face Roy Face
RP     Dave Giusti Dave Giusti
RP     Mark Melancon Mark Melancon
RP     Grant Jackson Grant Jackson
RP     Jesse Tannehill Jesse Tannehill
This team is going to need a robust bullpen, and fortunately the Pirates have a lot of strong arms in their relief corps. Veale and the old-timer Tannehill are the lefties, and four of the righthanders (submariner Tekulve, Face, Giusti, and Melancon) all led the league in saves while pitching for the Pirates.

The Bench

C     Tony Pena Tony Pena
1B/CF/DH     Al Oliver Al Oliver
2B/3B     Bill Madlock Bill Madlock
SS     Arky Vaughan Arky Vaughan
3B/RF     Bobby Bonilla Bobby Bonilla
RF/DH     Dave Parker Dave Parker
RF     Paul Waner Paul Waner
How about five batting champions on the bench? Several of these players could start for other All-Time Teams, two of them are in the Hall of Fame (Waner and Vaughan) and two of them won MVP awrds (Waner and Parker). Bonilla is the only switch-hitter on the roster, but he's not going to play much.