First Pitch: One Week Until Players Report for Spring Training

Late last night word came down that everything has been worked out between the players and owners to start a 60-game season. Our article from last night has a lot of odds and ends details about this season, which will (continue to) be unlike any other.

I expect to hear more details ahead of players reporting to training camp, such as who will be in camp (specific names, not just the 40-man players, etc. we heard about yesterday). We will also hear other specifics such as training sites and possibly a minor league camp besides the taxi squad group. There were some rumblings yesterday that the home park of the Altoona Curve could host Spring Training II: The Return of Spring Training for the Pittsburgh Pirates. PNC Park has also been mentioned as the possible site. We heard some information, but the schedule specifics will also be very interesting once they are worked out.

There were also reports that Nick Gonzales was in town to sign his contract. We will see if the other draft picks are as well or if they are coming in one-by-one to sign. His bonus should be announced shortly after his deal is official, which involves a physical today.

The report date for Spring Training 2.0 is by July 1st, so there will soon be actual baseball to talk about. I’m not sure how the coverage will work as far as reporters being allowed there or if there will be some sort of remote setup so they can conduct interviews. We will find out all of those things soon. What we know is that they finally put their differences aside (for now, new CBA after 2021) and they will attempt to play a “full” season of ball.

In case you missed this late late addition to the article last night…

MLB has an FAQ article to make things a little easier.

**We will have at least four articles today, including the one you’re currently reading. If any news comes up (it should, possibly multiple articles), we will have more. The other scheduled articles for today are as follows:

This Date in Pittsburgh Pirates History – Willie Stargell’s big game and the birthday of the Pirates all-time leader in batting average

Card of the Day – A look at a rookie card from 1965, with two players who didn’t quite live up to the hype.

1979 Season Recap – The Pirates run into a pitcher who would star for them years later

Hope everyone has a joyous Wednesday!




Color video of the 1937 Pirates with a special guest at the end

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.

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