Bradenton just got a bit busier
It’s reporting day, folks. And I have, indeed, reported to Bradenton, Fla., on time. No visa issues to worry about here.
By the end of today (Sunday), the Pirates’ pitchers and catchers are required to be in town. As of last count, 38 of the 41 were. Still missing: Jose Veras, Jose Ascanio and Cesar Valdez. There didn’t seem to be a true grasp on whether any of the above might be dealing with visa issues, though we’ll know that soon.
In addition, of the 62 total players participating in big league camp, 49 are already here. Position players aren’t required to report until the end of the day on Friday. Many, though, come early to get a headstart on their workouts.
A few notes before we get rolling with Day 1 coverage tomorrow:
- Jeff Clement has been removed from the list of non-roster invitees. He is still recovering from surgery and therefore will be reporting to Minor League camp. With Clement off the list, there were 22 non-roster invitations handed out.
- For the full list of non-roster invitees, click here.
- I caught a glimpse of the Pirates’ new batting practice tops. Boy are they, well, bright yellow. Bumble bee-esque, as Evan Meek pointed out. I’m thinking they might be even be visible in the dark.
- The first pitchers/catchers workout will be on Monday, though it will start a bit later than the subsequent workouts. There are meetings and physicals scheduled for the morning hours. Expect the whole group to take the field sometime around noon.
As it has been for the past two years, the blog will be a significant part of Spring Training coverage. That’s a shameless plug to get you guys to check it frequently over the next seven weeks. I’ll provide updates and photos via twitter, as well, so you can keep a pulse on the team there. And, of course, there will be numerous stories (and some videos) on the main pirates.com site daily.
Looking forward to spending another season with you….
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