|1997 Pittsburgh Pirates
|Major league affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Cam Bonifay|
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- November 14, 1996: Dan Plesac, Carlos García and Orlando Merced were traded by the Pirates to the Toronto Blue Jays for José Silva, Brandon Cromer (minors), Jose Pett (minors), and players to be named later. The Blue Jays completed the deal by sending Abraham Núñez, Craig Wilson, and Mike Halperin (minors) to the Pirates on December 11.
- December 13, 1996: Jay Bell and Jeff King were traded by the Pirates to the Kansas City Royals for Jeff Granger, Joe Randa, Jeff Wallace, and Jeff Martin (minors).
- December 20, 1996: Kevin Elster was signed as a Free Agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Regular season 
The 1997 Pittsburgh Pirates were informally known as "The Freak Show," as the team of rookies and cheap veterans (the team only had a $9 million payroll) unexpectedly competed with the Houston Astros for the division title until the final week of the season.
Opening Day starters 
Season standings 
|St. Louis Cardinals||73||89||.451||11.0|
Notable transactions 
- July 8, 1997: Midre Cummings was selected off waivers from the Pirates by the Philadelphia Phillies.
|1997 Pittsburgh Pirates|
Player stats 
Starters by position 
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
Other batters 
Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
Starting pitchers 
Other pitchers 
Relief pitchers 
Awards and honors 
- Tony Womack, 2B, Reserve
Farm system 
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Lynchburg
- 1997 Pittsburgh Pirates team page at Baseball Reference
- 1997 Pittsburgh Pirates team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
- Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (2007). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (3rd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-1-932391-17-6.
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