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The winner is....

September 29, 2013 - John Mehno
Turns out a lot of people believed 2013 was the year the Pirates would break their losing streak.

But Mark Yothers believed bigger than everyone else, and his optimism makes him the winner in the blog's annual Guess How Many Games The Pirates Will Win contest. Mark got in just under the deadline with his guess of 89 games.

That came the closest to the Pirates' victory total of 94. Since he was all alone at that number, the tiebreaker (number of home runs hit) was not needed. Mark wins the prize, which is a box of leftover promotional stuff. It will be headed his way as soon as I can find a box and get to the Post Office before they close at 4:30. In other words, probably around Halloween.

Thanks to everyone who participated. The contest has been running for at least the past five seasons, and participation has grown every year. We'll do it again in the spring.

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