Bradenton here I come! Look for updates and pictures on twitter from this weekend’s games. Reach out if you’re going to be there too and want to say hi.
Ed. note: Travel delays and prior commitments kept me from getting this posted sooner.
Back to Pirate City again this morning. Minor league coaches differ a lot in their approach. Some will try to be a friend while some are drill sergeants. Class A West Virginia manager Rick Sofield falls into the latter category. On Friday I saw him absolutely tearing into a group of thirdbasemen for not showing enough effort. Today, he was similarly ripping a group of pitchers during a drill where multiple base runners are moving but censored himself because there was an audience this time. Very entertaining to watch in either case.
With that, it was time to say good bye to Pirate City and head over to McKechnie and the Astros.
Day Two started at Pirate City. Minor league players were everywhere to be seen on the five and a half fields. Happily, I was able to meet Tim Williams, who runs the excellent Pirates Prospects. Tim informed me that Gerrit Cole would not be pitching, but luckily there was still (as always) plenty to see. A quick photo essay:
Mixon’s came highly recommended and now I know why. This will definitely become a regular part of our trips to Spring Training.
Coming up: Part II: McKechnie Field and the Tigers.
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Good morning from the road! I’m at the airport, headed down to Bradenton to catch a few Pirates games. If you’ll be at the ballpark Thursday, Friday or Saturday, send me a message and we can meet up.
I’ve been going to spring training for most of the last 15 years and I’ve learned a few things along the way. Hopefully they can be helpful to you if you decide to take the trip for yourself.
2. At the Game: McKechnie Field opens an hour before the game. Pirates BP will be over by that point but the other team will be hitting. The Pirates have a batting cage and bullpen down the RF line where you can see guys get some extra swings and that day’s starter warm up. If you are an autograph hound, this is where you want to make camp. (Its also a good area for foul balls, so keep your head up.)