1997 Pittsburgh Pirates
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 1997 Pittsburgh Pirates / Franchise: Pittsburgh Pirates / BR Team Page
Managed by Gene Lamont
 History, Comments, Contributions
Commonly known as "The Freak Show" to Bucco loyalists, the 1997 Pirates made a run at the NL Central title and a .500 record with a team payroll of $10.5 million, slightly more than Albert Belle was making by himself that year.
As of 2008, this was the last brush with success the Pirates have had since 1992. All of the players from this team were gone by 2004, the last being Jason Kendall who was traded to the A's that year.
 Awards and Honors