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5 Pittsburgh Pirates Most to Blame for the Late-Season Collapse
Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

As the once magical 2012 baseball season winds down in frustrating fashion for the Pittsburgh Pirates, it's time to look back and see what went wrong for the Buccos.

On Aug. 8 the Pirates defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6, putting themselves 16 games over .500 with a 3.5 game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals for the final NL Wild Card spot.

Since that day the Pirates have been a Major League-worst 12-31, falling to three games under .500 and a virtually insurmountable 6.5 games back of the Wild Card.

While the Pirates win and lose baseball games as a team, there are some players and individuals who should be held a little more accountable for the team's failures than others.

Here is a look at five Pittsburgh Pirates who are most to blame for the team's historic late-season collapse.

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