1997 Pittsburgh Pirates season

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1997 Pittsburgh Pirates
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 79–83 (.488)
Divisional place 2nd
Other information
Owner(s) Kevin McClatchy
General manager(s) Cam Bonifay
Manager(s) Gene Lamont
Local television WPGH-TV/WPTT-TV
Lanny Frattare
Steve Blass
Greg Brown
Bob Walk
Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh
Lanny Frattare
Steve Blass
Greg Brown
Bob Walk
Local radio KDKA
Steve Blass
Lanny Frattare
Greg Brown
Bob Walk
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The 1997 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 116th season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise; the 111th in the National League. The Pirates finished second in the National League Central with a record of 79–83.

Offseason

Regular season

The 1997 Pittsburgh Pirates were informally known as "The Freak Show,"[5] as the team of rookies and cheap veterans (the team only had a $9 million payroll) unexpectedly competed with the Houston Astros for the division title until the final week of the season.

Season standings

NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Houston Astros 84 78 0.519 46–35 38–43
Pittsburgh Pirates 79 83 0.488 5 43–38 36–45
Cincinnati Reds 76 86 0.469 8 40–41 36–45
St. Louis Cardinals 73 89 0.451 11 41–40 32–49
Chicago Cubs 68 94 0.420 16 42–39 26–55


Record vs. opponents

1997 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team ATL CHC CIN COL FLA HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL AL
Atlanta 9–2 9–2 5–6 4–8 7–4 6–5 10–2 5–7 10–2 5–6 8–3 7–4 8–3 7–5
Chicago 2–9 7–5 2–9 2–9 3–9 5–6 4–7 6–5 6–5 7–5 6–5 5–6 4–8 9–6
Cincinnati 2–9 5–7 5–6 5–6 5–7 6–5 6–5 2–9 8–3 8–4 5–6 4–7 6–6 9–6
Colorado 6–5 9–2 6–5 7–4 5–6 5–7 7–4 6–5 4–7 4–7 4–8 4–8 7–4 9–7
Florida 8–4 9–2 6–5 4–7 7–4 7–4 7–5 4–8 6–6 7–4 5–6 5–6 5–6 12–3
Houston 4–7 9–3 7–5 6–5 4–7 7–4 8–3 7–4 4–7 6–6 6–5 3–8 9–3 4–11
Los Angeles 5–6 6–5 5–6 7–5 4–7 4–7 7–4 6–5 10–1 9–2 5–7 6–6 5–6 9–7
Montreal 2–10 7–4 5–6 4–7 5–7 3–8 4–7 5–7 6–6 5–6 8–3 6–5 6–5 12–3
New York 7–5 5–6 9–2 5–6 8–4 4–7 5–6 7–5 7–5 7–4 5–6 3–8 9–2 7–8
Philadelphia 2-10 5–6 3–8 7–4 6–6 7–4 1–10 6–6 5–7 5–6 7–4 3–8 6–5 5–10
Pittsburgh 6–5 5–7 4–8 7–4 4–7 6–6 2–9 6–5 4–7 6–5 5–6 8–3 9–3 7–8
San Diego 3–8 5–6 6–5 8–4 6–5 5–6 7–5 3–8 6–5 4–7 6–5 4–8 5–6 8–8
San Francisco 4–7 6–5 7–4 8–4 6–5 8–3 6–6 5–6 8–3 8–3 3–8 8–4 3–8 10–6
St. Louis 3–8 8–4 6–6 4–7 6–5 3-9 6–5 5–6 2–9 5–6 3–9 6–5 8–3 8–7


Game Log

1997 Game Log (79–83)
Legend:           = Win           = Loss
Bold = Pirates team member

Notable transactions

Roster

1997 Pittsburgh Pirates
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Opening Day starters

  • 2B Womack
  • CF Allensworth
  • LF Martin
  • 1B Johnson
  • SS Elster
  • C Kendall
  • RF Guillen
  • 3B Randa
  • P Lieber

Player stats

Batting
Pitching

Awards and honors

The Sporting News Executive of the Year Award

1997 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Calgary Cannons Pacific Coast League Trent Jewett
AA Carolina Mudcats Southern League Marc Hill and Jeff Banister
A Lynchburg Hillcats Carolina League Jeff Banister and Jeff Richardson
A Augusta Greenjackets South Atlantic League Jeff Richardson and Scott Little
Short-Season A Erie Seawolves New York–Penn League Marty Brown
Rookie GCL Pirates Gulf Coast League Woody Huyke

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Lynchburg

References

  1. From 1882-1906, the team played in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, which became annexed by Pittsburgh as the North Shore in 1907.
  2. Dan Plesac page at Baseball Reference
  3. Jay Bell page at Baseball References
  4. http://www.baseball-reference.com/e/elsteke01.shtml
  5. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Pirates' 'Freak Show' hit zenith with July no-hitter"
  6. Midre Cummings page at Baseball Reference
  7. "Major League Baseball Stats | pirates.com: Stats". Pittsburgh Pirates.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Major League Baseball Stats | pirates.com: Stats". Pittsburgh Pirates.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

Further reading