Thursday, November 6, 2008

Decade of Dominance - Pittsburgh SSP

Miles Carrington - Cobb Times Herald

Decade of Dominance - Supporting Wealth Redistribution
The Pittsburgh SSP have had the fortune of having some very good teams and players in it's history. It has had the misfortune of playing in the same division as the 2 time World Series Champion New York Titans, former World Series Champion Cleveland, and the also extremely tough Scranton Dragons. As a result even though the SSP has posted some very high win totals, they have never finished higher than 2nd in the division.

#17 - Pittsburgh SSP
Franchise Power Ranking: 35
Best Year: 97-65, s7 - Worst Year: 71-91, s5
Postseason Achievements: 4 Wild Card playoff berths
Best Player: R. J. Cubillan- Cubillan has been an all star fixture since he was called up in season 5, and also plays a very good shortstop.
Best Pitcher: D. T. Stone - Stone is the career leader in wins for the SSP with 93, and was on the ML squad for 9 straight seasons.
Best International Prospect:
R. J. Cubillan
Best Draft Pick: Gregg Young
Franchise Theme Song: It's No Good by Depeche Mode - Nothing epitomizes the SSP's plight like the lyrics which say, "I'm gonna take my time/I have all the time in the world," because at times it looks like that is what it will take to win the tough AL East.
Franchise Highlights: Franchise won a team high 97 games in season 7. Franchise has had winning years in 7 of 9 full seasons. Signed future all star international R. J. Cubillan in season 1. Also signed quality international Geronimo Seguinol in season 4. Franchise achieved wildcard berths in seasons 3, 6, 7, & 8.
Franchise Lowlights: Franchise has never finished higher than 2nd in the AL East, and only achieved that placing once. Franchise has had a pretty underwhelming draft history, with only 8 of it's picks since season 1 making the ML level. Franchise has never made out of the opening rounds of the playoffs in 4 tries.
Franchise Outlook: If there is a team in the league that would like to see some of the wealth of it's neighbors sent it's way, it would have to be Pittsburgh. The SSP are treading water, being competetive enough to win 80-90 games in a season and finish with a winning record, but never getting enough wins to overtake the Titans or Dragons, and now the resurgent Cleveland franchise. The SSP currently have the lineup to compete with the big boys in the division, but their pitching staff lacks the quality that the top teams have. Until that changes it will probably be another few seasons of 3rd - 4th place finishes, despite fielding a quality team.

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