Throwback Thursday: Top Pirates Plays of 2006

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Last week, we looked back on some of the Pirates’ top plays of 2005 as a “Throwback Thursday.” We’ll keep it going this week with 2006, a team which once again brought 95 losses to the Steel City…

10. Let’s start with some Jose Castillo… -11 defensive runs saved at 2B in 2006, but he picked it here:

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9. Over to third base with the ’06 All-Star, Freddy Sanchez

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8. Freddy out of nowhere to convert a double play:

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7. Jack Wilson. What an arm.

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6. More Jack… Over the shoulder… Ho hum:

jack wilson over the shoulder catch

5. Head to the outfield. J-Bay:

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4. A young Nate McLouth:

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3. Jose Bautista before he got good:

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2. Chris Duffy doing his thing in center field:

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1. And lastly, Duffy again with one of the better catches at PNC:

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We’re officially under a week till pitchers & catchers report…

Go Bucs

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Throwback Thursday: Top Pirates Plays of 2005

Yes, you read that correctly — 2005. The Pirates have a top plays archive in the backend of their website that you should check out if you have some extra time. In honor of “Throwback Thursday,” here’s a handful of the best plays from the Bucs’ 95-loss season of 2005…

10. Matt Lawton on the run. Did you know he hit .273/.380/.433 (119 wRC+) in 101 games with the Bucs?

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9. Paul Maholmnow a Red — getting off the mound:


8. 2005 was the only year that Jose Castillo saved more runs at 2B for the Pirates than he cost them:


7. A “Chris Duffy Dandy”:

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6. More Duff Man:

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5. Jason Bay robbery, part I:

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4. Jason Bay robbery, part II:

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3.Jumpin’ Jack Flash. Could probably have a separate post of just Jack Wilson plays, honestly.

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2. #2 making it look easy as usual, going deep in the hole and nailing the jump throw:

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1. One of my favorite plays ever. And it wasn’t the only time they pulled it off. Jack and Castillo practiced this.

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That was also the night Big Country Brad Eldred made his MLB debut. Sigh.

Go check out the full top plays archive for more.

60 days until the opener…

Go Bucs

Top Ten Pirates of the PNC Park Era: #10 Neil Walker

4 years 415 428 38 218 .280 .763

Despite just two full seasons in the league, Neil Walker comes in at number 10 on our Top Ten Pirates of the PNC Park Era list. With the exception of Freddy Sanchez, Walker has been the Bucs’ best option at second base in recent memory. Some players that saw time at 2B over the years include Pat Meares, Abraham Nunez, Bobby Hill, Pokey Reese, Jose Castillo, Aki Iwamura, etc. Neil has already made a significant impact for the club, despite switching positions multiple times in the minor leagues. He’s held down a respectable .280 average and .763 OPS in his career. His defense continues to improve as well. Walker’s importance to the team really showed down the stretch when he was out with injury. He’s due for a raise in arbitration this year; he is still under team control through the 2016 season. We are a bit biased for the “Pittsbugh Kid’ since he’s a local guy.

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