In 2022, the Pirates suffered a loss so bad that their own social media team turned on them. This came after the Cardinals smashed Pittsburgh 18-4 in a humiliating performance. But this wasn’t a major surprise to their fanbase because the front office destroyed the franchise (via Fansided).
They assembled one of the weakest rosters in baseball history. Opposition teams enjoyed exposing their horrific pitching. Furthermore, they refuse to compete with same-tier teams like the Padres. In 2022, San Diego spent over $300 million while the frugal Pirates spent only $18 million.