The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced their 2012 schedule today. They open up their season at home against the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, April 5th. This will be just the second time since 2006 that the Pirates open up their regular season at home. After a three game series with the Phillies they go on their first west coast trip, playing nine games in nine days against the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks. They play just nine home games out of their first 25 games of the year.
The interleague schedule sees the Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers all visit PNC Park this season during the month of June for three game apiece. The Pirates will also play the Tigers in May in Detroit, as well as making visits to the Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians in June.
The season wraps up with a six game homestand against the Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves with the last game of the year on Wednesday October 3rd. The All-star game is in Kansas City on July 10th.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.
The April schedule is a loaded minefield. If the Bucs are not ready from day 1 the season could go down the dumpster fast. You have the Phillies at home for 3, 9 game western road trip, Cardinals ah home and 4 in Atlanta. Why do we always have to play 4 in Atlanta! This schedule put more onus for the coaches to have the pitchers ready from day 1 of the season.