First Pitch: The Official Start of Spring Training 2.0

Today is the official second start of Spring Training, Spring Training 2.0, or Spring Training II: The Return of Spring Training. Players have been at PNC Park for the last two days, a few of them longer while doing rehab work. Today’s the first day of full workouts. We are about three weeks away from the start of the regular season, give or take 1-2 days. The schedule should be released soon. A news source from St Louis said that the Pirates will open up the season in St Louis, but nothing is official yet.

I’m not sure if we will hear any real news today, but if something worthy of an article comes up, I’ll probably start a discussion thread. Our daily articles (see below) usually go up at 9, 10/10:30 and 12 PM, but they could get pushed back a little later if some news comes up. The special Memorabilia article will go up later in the day after we see how today plays out.

The workouts now are a little different than a normal Spring Training day. The early Spring Training days before games start could end around noon most times, but these ST 2.0 days will carry on well into the late afternoon. They are training in smaller groups, so only a certain amount of players will be out at one time. They will do their full workouts, then the next group will take their place on the field. That means a longer day for the team, though not for individual players.

The other big difference with regular Spring Training is the games. Teams are allowed to schedule up to three exhibition games with other opponents. Those are likely to happen right before the season, if they happen at all. Otherwise the only game action will be sim games and possibly some intrasquad contests once everyone is in game shape. That probably means that there won’t be much news to report, but we will see.

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

This Date in Pittsburgh Pirates History – Birthdays today include Moises Alou and Edinson Volquez

Obscure Pittsburgh Pirates – A pitcher who spent eight years with the Pirates and served three years in the military during WWII

1979 Season Recap – John Candelaria takes on the St Louis Cardinals.

Pittsburgh Pirates Memorabilia – A Roberto Clemente piece that I think most people here will really enjoy.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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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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