Baltimore Orioles as Bad as the Pittsburgh Pirates

Bill MckillopCorrespondent IOctober 1, 2009

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 15:  Pitcher Mark Hendrickson of the Baltimore Orioles leaves the game while wearing jersey #42 to commemorate Jackie Robinson day during play against the Texas Rangers on April 15, 2009 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The Pittsburgh Pirates who have had their 17th consecutive losing season this year has been labeled the worst franchise in all of sports not just Baseball. I think all this abuse the Pirates get may be deserved cause they are not a good team but they are not the only ones.

The Baltimore Orioles have been just as bad as the Pirates this decade. They may not have the 17 year history of the Pirates , but at 12 years they are doing a good job at losing. I personally was shocked at how bad the Orioles have been doing this decade. I hate to say I expect the Pirates to lose but it’s true I do expect them to lose.

Well lets compare the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Baltimore Orioles since the 2000 season. The Orioles have spent about 285 Million more then the Pirates in payroll since 2000 per USA Today.

The Orioles have had 7.2 million more fans then the Pirates since 2000.  The Orioles have a record of  694 wins—919 Loses since 2000 while the Pirates are 679 wins—and 934 loses. That is only a difference of 15 total wins over 10 seasons and averages to 1.5 wins per season between the two teams.  

I think for the sake of the fans in both cities these two franchises need to return to winning organizations that fans can be proud of and support. The Fans will show up if they believe the team can win and both clubs need to give the fans something to believe in.

In 2001 the Pirates drew more fans the the Angels and Phillies while the Orioles drew more fans then the Dodgers or Red Soxs. Both of these cities can return to baseball hot beds once again.  Both towns are good sports towns and will support a team that competes.  This losing has gone on long enough for both teams and the fans.

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