With a new and revised spring training schedule now known the Pittsburgh Pirates are set to begin spring training games this week
Now that MLB teams are reporting to their various spring training locations and camp is beginning to rev up a new spring training schedule for both the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues has been released. The Pittsburgh Pirates and the rest of MLB will start playing spring training games this week, with the spring training schedule set to kick off on St. Patrick’s Day.
Grapefruit League clubs such as the Pittsburgh Pirates will play a regionalized schedule. Clubs located on the West Coast of Florida will play each other, while clubs on the East Coast will only play other East Coast located clubs.
Clubs on the West Coast of Florida, such as the Pirates, will play a minimum of 18 spring training games in a 21 day window. The Pirates will have an 18 game Grapefruit League schedule. They will play 8 different teams (Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays) across their 18 game schedule.
The Pirates will kick off their Grapefruit League schedule on Friday, March 18th, when they host the Yankees at LECOM Park in Bradenton. They will play 9 games in Bradenton and 9 on the road, finishing their Grapefruit League schedule by playing the Phillies in Clearwater on April 5th, two days before their regular season opener in St. Louis.
As spring training starts to ramp up and Grapefruit League games begin make sure to stay tuned here at Rum Bunter for coverage of all the news that comes out of Bradenton, roster moves, results, and more. We’re finally about to have actual baseball to talk about. Thank God.