2017 Pittsburgh Pirates season

2017 Pittsburgh Pirates
Major League affiliations
Record 75–87 (.463)
Divisional place 4th
Other information
Owner(s) Robert Nutting
General manager(s) Neal Huntington
Manager(s) Clint Hurdle
Local television Root Sports Pittsburgh (April–July)
AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh (July–October)
Local radio KDKA-FM
Pittsburgh Pirates Radio Network
(Steve Blass, Joe Block, Greg Brown, Bob Walk, John Wehner)
Stats ESPN.com
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The 2017 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the franchise's 136th season overall, 131st season as a member of National League, and 17th season at PNC Park. They failed to improve on their record from the previous season and finished fourth in their division and missed the playoffs for the second straight year.

Offseason and spring training

Infielder Jung-ho Kang was found guilty by a South Korean court for his third offense of Driving under the influence, and as a result, the initial request for a work visa to enter the United States for the 2017 season was denied.[2] He would miss the whole season with the Pirates.[3]

The Pirates recorded a 19–12 win–loss record in preseason spring training, the third best record in the Grapefruit League. In addition, two of their games finished tied and were therefore not included in the standings.[4]

Regular season


  • April 3 – The Pirates lost on Opening Day to the Boston Red Sox 5–3.
  • April 7 – In their home opener against the Atlanta Braves, the Pirates defeated the Braves 5–4. The Pirates would go on to win all three games of the series to sweep the Braves.
  • April 9Starling Marte hit a walk-off home run in the tenth inning to propel the Pirates to a 5–4 win and series sweep over the Braves.[5]
  • April 12 – The Pirates were swept by the Cincinnati Reds following a 9–2 loss.[6]
  • April 16 – Following a four-game losing streak, the Pirates rally to beat the Chicago Cubs 6–1 to sweep the three-game series at Wrigley Field.[7]
  • April 18 – Starling Marte was suspended 80 games after testing positive for nandrolone, a performance-enhancing substance; he will not be eligible to return until after the team's 93rd game on July 17 and is ineligible for postseason play if the team qualifies.[8]
  • April 19 – The Pirates were swept following three straight 2–1 losses to the St. Louis Cardinals.[9] The Pirates have been swept in three of the five series to date and have swept their opponent in the other two series to date.
  • April 22 – The Pirates lost to the New York Yankees 11–5 after beating them in the first game of the series.[10] The series marks the first series of the year where the Pirates did not sweep their opponent nor did they get swept.
  • April 24 - the Pirates fielded the first baseball player to be born and raised in Lithuania, to reach the major leagues, Dovydas Neverauskas. In 1933, Joe Zapustas was the first Lithuanian-born player to play in MLB, as a member of the Philadelphia Athletics, however he grew up in Boston.[11]
  • April 26 - The Pirates promoted South African Gift Ngoepe from the AAA Indianapolis Indians; making him the first African-born player in MLB history.[12]
  • The Pirates finished the month with a win/loss record of 11–13, fourth in the NL Central at 2.0 games out of first.






  • September 4 - Josh Bell broke the National League record for most home runs by a rookie switch hitter, hitting his 24th of the season off of Jake Arrieta, in a 12-0 Pirates' route of the Chicago Cubs [18]
  • September 5 - Longtime Pirates TV broadcaster Kent Tekulve announced his retirement, after the Pirates' 4-3 win over the visiting Chicago Cubs.[19]

Season standings

National League Central

National League Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago Cubs 9270 0.568 48–33 44–37
Milwaukee Brewers 8676 0.531 6 46–38 40–38
St. Louis Cardinals 8379 0.512 9 44–37 39–42
Pittsburgh Pirates 7587 0.463 17 44–37 31–50
Cincinnati Reds 6894 0.420 24 39–42 29–52

National League playoff standings

Division Leaders W L Pct.
Los Angeles Dodgers 10458 0.642
Washington Nationals 9765 0.599
Chicago Cubs 9270 0.568
Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
W L Pct. GB
Arizona Diamondbacks 9369 0.574 +6
Colorado Rockies 8775 0.537
Milwaukee Brewers 8676 0.531 1
St. Louis Cardinals 8379 0.512 4
Miami Marlins 7785 0.475 10
Pittsburgh Pirates 7587 0.463 12
Atlanta Braves 7290 0.444 15
San Diego Padres 7191 0.438 16
New York Mets 7092 0.432 17
Cincinnati Reds 6894 0.420 19
Philadelphia Phillies 6696 0.407 21
San Francisco Giants 6498 0.395 23

Record vs. opponents

2017 National League Records

Source: NL Standings Head-to-Head
Arizona 2–43–33–311–811–83–44–36–16–14–311–812–73–42–412–8
Atlanta 4–21–63–33–43–411–84–27–126–132–55–24–31–59–109–11
Chicago 3–36–112–72–52–44–310–94–24–310–92–44–314–53–412–8
Cincinnati 3–33–37–123–40–62–58–113–44–213–63–44–39–101–65–15
Colorado 8–114–35–24–310–92–44–33–35–23–312–712–72–43–410–10
Los Angeles 8–114–34–26–09–106–13–37–04–36–113–611–84–33–316–4
Miami 4–38–113–45–24–21–62–412–78–113–45–15–12–56–139–11
Milwaukee 3–42–49–1011–83–43–34–25–23–39–105–23–411–84–311–9
New York 1–612–72–44–33–30–77–122–512–73–33–45–13–46–137–13
Philadelphia 1–613–63–42–42–53–411–83–37–122–51–54–31–58–115–15
Pittsburgh 3–45–29–106–133–31–64–310–93–35–23–31–58–114–310–10
San Diego 8–112–54–24–37–126–131–52–54–35–13–312–73–42–58–12
San Francisco 7–123–43–43–47–128–111–54–31–53–45–17–123–41–58–12
St. Louis 4–35–15–1410–94–23–45–28–114–35–111–84–34–33–38–12
Washington 4–210–94–36–14–33–313–63–413–611–83–45–25–13–310–10

Detailed records

Game log

  August 20 game vs St. Louis Cardinals to be played at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pennsylvania as part of the 2017 MLB Little League Classic.


2017 Pittsburgh Pirates
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



  • 86 Heberto Andrade (bullpen catcher)
  • 89 Jordan Comadena (bullpen catcher)

Opening Day lineup

Opening Day Starters
Adam FrazierLF
Starling MarteCF
Andrew McCutchenRF
Gregory PolancoDH
David Freese3B
Francisco CervelliC
Josh Bell1B
Josh Harrison2B
Jordy MercerSS
Gerrit ColeSP

Disabled lists

7-day disabled list

Player Injury Placed Activated
Francisco CervelliConcussionJune 7, 2017June 14, 2017
Francisco CervelliConcussionJune 22, 2017July 3, 2017

10-day disabled list

Player Injury Placed Activated
Adam FrazierLeft Hamstring StrainApril 23, 2017May 12, 2017
Antonio BastardoLeft Quad StrainApril 25, 2017June 27, 2017
David FreeseRight Hamstring StrainApril 26, 2017May 12, 2017
Jameson TaillonGroin DiscomfortMay 4, 2017June 12, 2017
Gregory PolancoLeft Hamstring StrainMay 17, 2017May 25, 2017
Josh LindblomLeft Side DiscomfortMay 20, 2017June 24, 2017
Chris StewartLeft Hamstring StrainMay 30, 2017June 18, 2017
Gregory PolancoLeft Hamstring StrainJuly 22, 2017August 2, 2017
Gregory PolancoLeft Hamstring StrainAugust 13, 2017September 8, 2017
Francisco CervelliLeft Wrist InflammationAugust 14, 2017August 25, 2017
Wade LeBlancStrained Left QuadricepAugust 18, 2017September 1, 2017
George KontosRight Groin StrainAugust 22, 2017September 7, 2017
Joaquín BenoitLeft Knee InflammationAugust 22, 2017September 1, 2017
Francisco CervelliStrained Left QuadricepAugust 26, 2017October 2, 2017
Adam FrazierRight Hamstring StrainAugust 28, 2017September 8, 2017
Josh HarrisonFractured Left HandSeptember 3, 2017September 10, 2017

60-day disabled list

Player Injury Placed Activated
Josh HarrisonFractured Left HandSeptember 10, 2017November 6, 2017

Notable achievements


National League Pitcher of the Month

National League Player of the Month

2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

National League Player of the Week

  • Andrew McCutchen (September 25-October 1)


The Pirates were involved in the following transactions during the 2017 season:

Farm system[20]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Indianapolis Indians International League Andy Barkett
AA Altoona Curve Eastern League Michael Ryan
A Bradenton Marauders Florida State League Gera Alvarez
A West Virginia Power South Atlantic League Wyatt Toregas
Short-Season A West Virginia Black Bears New York–Penn League Brian Esposito
Rookie Bristol Pirates Appalachian League Kory DeHaan
Rookie GCL Pirates Gulf Coast League Bob Herold
Rookie DSL Pirates Dominican Summer League Kieran Mattison



  1. From 1882–1906, the team played in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, which became annexed by Pittsburgh as the North Shore in 1907.
  2. "Report: Jung Ho Kang denied visa to enter United States". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 2017-03-24. Retrieved 2017-08-29.
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