The Pittsburgh Pirates and the rest of Major League Baseball opened up their Spring facilities last week. Here are some of the highlights picked up on video.
It is always an exciting time of the year when pitchers and catchers report. The Super Bowl is over, and now Baseball prepares to start its journey of a season. The Pittsburgh Pirates pitchers and catchers reported on Wednesday, February 15th. However, as usual, many of the team's other players have already shown up.
One of the big questions is what the attitude of Ji-Man Choi would bring into Spring with the Bucs. The Bucs went to arbitration with Choi and the panel sided with the Organization. The team also withheld him from playing for South Korea in the World Baseball Classic due to off-season surgery.
However, all reports indicate that Choi is not carrying any negative feelings from those decisions and is ready to play:
Another new face in town is veteran left-handed pitcher Rich Hill. Hill is expected to be in the rotation this year for the Bucs. He is currently the oldest player in Major League Baseball at 43. He still has gas left in the tank, eating up 125 innings last year with the Red Sox. The hope is that Hill will also be able to mentor some of the young arms in the Organization. One thing Hill is known for is his breaking pitch:
The 19-year veteran was also caught on camera working with projected rotation member Johan Oviedo. It appeared that Hill was showing Oviedo his grip on a Baseball:
This is all good stuff to see. Both veterans Hill and Choi were brought in to help this team take a step forward. But, they were also brought in to help teach this team how to win, to build a culture. So far it looks like they are doing just that. Speaking of that, here is one more post. This image represents everything a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates want, Cutch and Hayes together: