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BRADENTON , Fla. (AP) —f spring training, even for the Pittsburgh Pirates.“This club has a feel that we can be a postseason team, that we can be a team that can advance deep in the postseason,” general manager Neal Huntington said Wednesday as workouts started. “Championship teams are based typically around starting pitching and you win the games you’re supposed to win because of your back end. Then you score.”Pittsburgh hasn’t reached the World Series since winning the 1979 title. The Pirates were 82-79 last season, a bit of a surprise after Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole were traded.The Pirates haven’t been to the postseason since winning the first NL wild card for three straight seasons from 2013-15. They have not won a division title since 1992.However, the Pirates believe they can contend this year because of a rotation that includes Jameson Taillon, Chris Archer, Trevor Williams and Joe Musgrove. All-Star closer Felipe Vazquez anchors a bullpen that includes Keone Kela, Kyle Crick and Richard Rodriguez in set-up roles.“Our intent is to win our division,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “If you win your division, that puts you in a pretty good place. I love the fact that there’s hunger in there and it’s real Carlos Martinez Jersey , for all the right reasons. And I really like our pitching. If you’ve got good pitching, you put yourself in a really good position.”Though position players aren’t required to report until Sunday, first baseman Josh Bell, second baseman Adam Frazier, left fielder Corey Dickerson and right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall are projected regulars already in camp. While basketball is a much more team-centric sport than baseball, a basketball lineup's success also often hinges heaviest on a singular star. Baseball is much more individualistic on a pitch-by-pitch basis, with the team's success determined by collective players' successes. James can drive repeatedly into the paint by himself to score, but the only way Trout can drive himself in is by smacking a pitch out of the ballpark.By all value metrics, James has been among the best players in the NBA during the last five seasons, but he is by no means head and shoulders above the rest statistically, a claim Trout can make. According to Basketball Reference Lance Lynn Jersey , Russell Westbrook places first among his peers since 2013-14, posting a total of 104.8 WAR(approximate value calculated by multiplying VORP by 2.7, per Basketball Reference)in the last five years. James, in comparison, comes in second with 101.8 WAR. The most widely accepted value statistic, player efficiency rating, places James (27.7) third in the last five years, behind Kevin Durant (28.0) and Anthony Davis (27.8).Many of the strong feelings about James' dominance stem from his success in the postseason, which has produced three titles and eight straight trips to the NBA Finals. Trout, on the other hand, has only played once in the playoffs Mark McGwire Jersey , getting one hit in a Kansas City Royals sweep of the Los Angeles Angels. Trout can only do so much by himself, even if he's disproportionally more impactful on a baseball field than any of his peers.James' greatness is undeniable. From his raw athleticism to his explosiveness to the endless highlight reels, James is a one-of-a-kind athlete. But while he rises above the pack of current basketball stars, he does have contemporaries, most notably Kevin Durant. Trout does not have peers in this current crop of baseball stars, and there should be no doubt about the identity of the best male athlete of this generation. There won't be someone who even comes close, no Pacino to Trout's De Niro.In Trout, we are watching one of the most dominant athletes in sports history.The next step is getting people to care.

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