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Steve Pearce is cursing his luck. If he could facepalm, he would.
It used to be that streaks like this happened all the time in the early years of modern baseball. For example, in the 20s, after selling Babe Ruth to the eventual Evil Empire, the Red Sox got the Hogan Atomic Leg Drop from the American League for almost 20 years.
The Philadelphia Phillies were the worst team of the period between 1900 and 1950, representing the National League in the World Series only once, in 1915. THEY HAD ONE WINNING SEASON IN 30 YEARS.
The Brooklyn Dodgers were constantly in danger of being folded by the Brooklyn Trust Company because of their horrendous performance (and its resulting low attendance) until Larry McPhail saved the franchise.
That preamble was written because it brings me to the worst run franchise currently in Major League Baseball, the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Pirates have the longest streak of losing seasons in sports: 17 years and counting. I said back in the Oriole comment: When an owner is unwilling to pay the money to draft good players, who are going to be good, you are going to pay the price.
As an example of the backward thinking of the former Pirate ownership, the Pirates took right-handed pitcher Bryan Bullington first overall. Players taken behind Bullington: Jon Lester, B.J. Upton, Prince Fielder, Scott Kazmir, Nick Swisher, and Cole Hamels.
Now, the baseball draft is the biggest crapshoot in sports. You never know who is going to be good.
The Pirates, however, took Bullington, not because he was the best player available (he wasn't by a long, long, long shot) but because they figured he would be easier to sign than any of the players named, and he wouldn't want as much money.
That's the hallmark of a bad franchise right there. When you consider money spent against money you'll earn from the player's performance, you're automatically in trouble off the bat.
Fun fact: Last season this franchise turned a profit from revenue sharing before any income from the ballpark was even considered.