The Pittsburgh Pirates announced their 2023 Spring Training schedule on Wednesday afternoon. They begin play on February 25th at home and the schedule winds up on March 28th at home. The play the Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves and Tampa Bay Rays at home and on the road. They have two days off, but also two days with split-squad games. Game times have yet to be announced. The Pirates just recently released their 2023 regular season schedule.
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.