This Day in Pirate History - 11/19

Thursday, November 19 2009 @ 05:04 am UTC

Contributed by: Staff

Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2002

By 81omar_moreno

On this date in 1992, the Pirates traded Jose Lind to the Royals for pitchers Dennis Moeller and Joel Johnston. Lind was the starting second baseman for the Bucs since coming up late august of 1987.

Jose would play 150 games or more for 4 straight years and win the Gold Glove in 1992. During the 3 straight playoff appearance seasons, he would bat just .205 total (15-73) in the postseason. He managed to hit 2 home runs and drive in 10. In his 9 year career he would manage just 9 home runs.

Between struggling his last season with the Bucs, his contract and the emergence of young Carlos Garcia, the Bucs were able to trade Lind for Johnston and Moeller who were young pitchers for the Royals.

Joel Johnston would appear in 33 games for the Bucs in 1993, all in relief and he would compile a 2-4 record with 2 saves and a respectable ERA of 3.38. In the 94 season, Johnston would struggle, giving up 14 hits in 3 1/3 innings and a skyhigh ERA of 29.70. It would be Johnstons last appearance with the Bucs and he would finish his Major League career with the Red Sox the next season.

Dennis Moeller wouldn't fair as well in 93 as Johnston, in what would be his only season with the Bucs and his last season overall. Dennis would pitch in just 10 games, posting an ERA of 9.92, though he did finish with a 1-0 record. The win would be his only career win as he finished with a 0-3 record with the Royals before coming over in the trade.

On this date in 1990 Barry Bonds would win his first MVP. Bonds, who would win his first Gold Glove and appear in the all-star game for the first time, would receive all but 1 of the first place votes with the other going to teammate Bobby Bonilla who would finish 2nd overall. Teammate Doug Drabek, who was the Cy Young winner, would finish 8th in the voting. Bonds would lead the league in slugging %, finish 4th in RBI's and HR's, score over 100 runs and steal a career high 52 bases in 1990. The Bucs also won their first division title since 1979 in 1990.

On this date in 1962 the Pirates traded away former MVP Dick Groat to the Cardinals for Julio Gotay and Don Cardwell. Cardwell would pitch 4 seasons for the Bucs twice winning 13 games and finishing 33-33 overall. Gotay would play in just 7 games for the Bucs over 2 seasons, batting 4 times with 2 hits. He played just one game in the field at second base, appearing in the other 6 games as a pinch hitter/pinch runner.

Finally, born on this date in 1862 was Billy Sunday. He played for the Bucs from 1888-1890, but is best known as being a famous evangelist after his baseball career. Sunday would steal 174 bases in his 2+ seasons in Pittsburgh in just 287 games. Sunday was known as a great center fielder, covering a lot of ground with his speed and throwing out a lot of baserunners (67 total assists with the Bucs). He would quit baseball after the 1890 season to concentrate on his Evangelist career.