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Pirates' turnaround a record?

CHICAGO -- With their 90th win, the Pirates may have set a Major League record for the most successful turnaround following 10 or more consecutive seasons without a winning record.

Admittedly, the basis for comparison is limited, and the following list may not be all-inclusive. But it does indicate five earlier ruts of 10-plus seasons, and where they ended, with the old St. Louis Browns/Baltimore Orioles holding the previous bounce-back record of 89 victories in 1960 (the franchise did break even at 76-76 in 1957).

• St. Louis Browns/Baltimore Orioles: 89 wins in 1960 following 14 non-winners.

• Seattle Mariners, 83 wins in 1991 after 14 seasons.

• St. Louis Browns, 82 wins in 1942 after 12 seasons.

• Philadelphia Phillies, 81 wins in 1949 after 16 seasons.

• Milwaukee Brewers, 81 wins in 2005 after 12 seasons.

Tom Singer is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer.
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