The Pittsburgh Pirates announced their 2015 Spring Training Schedule on Monday. It begins with the Black & Gold intrasquad game on March 2nd and wraps up with a two-game set in Philadelphia on April 3rd/4th.
The Pirates will play a total of 33 games over 34 days. It includes two off-days and two games on March 20th.
They will take on the Yankees, Red Sox(2x), Twins(2x), Orioles(2x), Tigers, Astros, Blue Jays(2x), Rays, Phillies(2x) and Braves at McKechnie Field and play the same teams on the road at least once each. The full schedule can be viewed below.
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.