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1997 Pittsburgh Pirates season

1997 Pittsburgh Pirates
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (since 1882)
  • 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 Major League Baseball (MLB). 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,"[4] 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.

    Opening Day starters

    Season standings

    Central Division W L GB Pct.
    Houston Astros 84 78 .519 --
    Pittsburgh Pirates 79 83 .488 5.0
    Cincinnati Reds 76 86 .469 8.0
    St. Louis Cardinals 73 89 .451 11.0
    Chicago Cubs 68 94 .420 16.0


    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1997 Pittsburgh Pirates
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders Manager

    Coaches

    Player stats

    Batting

    Starters by position

    Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

    Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

    Other batters

    Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

    Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

    Player G IP W L ERA SO

    Other pitchers

    Player G IP W L ERA SO

    Relief pitchers

    Player G W L SV ERA SO
    Elmer Dessens 3 0 0 0 0.00 2

    Awards and honors

    The Sporting News Executive of the Year Award

    1997 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

    Farm system

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    Level Team League Manager

    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Lynchburg

    References

    Further reading