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November 22, 1988 | Jim Murray
Not too long ago, 2 years, in fact, the Pittsburgh Pirates were the sick men of baseball, an embarrassment to the game, the laughingstock of the National League. "What has 18 legs, is yellow and black and lives in a cellar?" They lost 202 games in 2 years. Nobody came to see the games. They bottomed out the league with their worst attendance in more than 30 years. The franchise was ripped by a drug scandal. Whatever could go wrong, did. They couldn't even sell the kielbasa.
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December 3, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Syd Thrift, former general manager of the Pirates, has been hired by the Chicago Cubs as assistant general manager.
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July 15, 1988 | Jim Murray
When a team is going bad, the thing to do is, go out and comb the bushes, try to find the heavy hitter or the junk pitcher the opposition has overlooked, somebody who can save the franchise, return the club to past glories and future triumphs. Usually, what you look for in these cases is another Babe Ruth or, in this case, another Roberto Clemente. Certainly, the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1985 qualified as a piece of distressed baseball real estate. The franchise sank as low as one can--last place.
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August 30, 1989
Syd Thrift resigned Tuesday as senior vice president of baseball operations for the New York Yankees after five months, and less than two weeks after Dallas Green was fired as manager. George Steinbrenner, owner of the Yankees, who hired Thrift on March 21, announced the resignation, saying, "He talked to me for a long time earlier today and said that his reasons for leaving the Yankees were personal and as far as I am concerned, they will remain personal."
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August 30, 1989
Syd Thrift resigned Tuesday as senior vice president of baseball operations for the New York Yankees after five months, and less than two weeks after Dallas Green was fired as manager. George Steinbrenner, owner of the Yankees, who hired Thrift on March 21, announced the resignation, saying, "He talked to me for a long time earlier today and said that his reasons for leaving the Yankees were personal and as far as I am concerned, they will remain personal."
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December 3, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Syd Thrift, former general manager of the Pirates, has been hired by the Chicago Cubs as assistant general manager.
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October 5, 1988 | United Press International
Syd Thrift, the general manager generally credited with rebuilding the Pittsburgh Pirates, was fired Tuesday by unanimous vote of the franchise's board of directors. The announcement, expected for several days, was made by Pirate President Carl Barger, who reportedly was battling with Thrift for control of the team.
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May 2, 1988 | MIKE DOWNEY
Joe L. Brown stuck his head into Manager Jim Leyland's office here Saturday night after another Pirate win. Another Pirate win. Sounds strange, but it's true. It was Pittsburgh's 16th win in 22 games this season--and, counting the end of last season, it gave the Pirates 43 of their last 60. Pitt's team is no longer the pits. "Outsmarted 'em again, Skip," said Brown, who was general manager of the Pirates for more than 20 years, and now serves on the board of directors.
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November 22, 1988 | Jim Murray
Not too long ago, 2 years, in fact, the Pittsburgh Pirates were the sick men of baseball, an embarrassment to the game, the laughingstock of the National League. "What has 18 legs, is yellow and black and lives in a cellar?" They lost 202 games in 2 years. Nobody came to see the games. They bottomed out the league with their worst attendance in more than 30 years. The franchise was ripped by a drug scandal. Whatever could go wrong, did. They couldn't even sell the kielbasa.
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October 5, 1988 | United Press International
Syd Thrift, the general manager generally credited with rebuilding the Pittsburgh Pirates, was fired Tuesday by unanimous vote of the franchise's board of directors. The announcement, expected for several days, was made by Pirate President Carl Barger, who reportedly was battling with Thrift for control of the team.
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July 15, 1988 | Jim Murray
When a team is going bad, the thing to do is, go out and comb the bushes, try to find the heavy hitter or the junk pitcher the opposition has overlooked, somebody who can save the franchise, return the club to past glories and future triumphs. Usually, what you look for in these cases is another Babe Ruth or, in this case, another Roberto Clemente. Certainly, the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1985 qualified as a piece of distressed baseball real estate. The franchise sank as low as one can--last place.
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