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Below Deck: Kramer, Newman look to make mark with Curve

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Curve second baseman Kevin Kramer. - AUDREY SNYDER / DKPS

ALTOONA, Pa. – He’s heard the Seinfeld jokes since draft night in 2015 when the Pirates selected him in the second round and shortstop Kevin Newman in the first.

“I don’t get it as bad as he does, to be honest,” Altoona Curve second baseman Kevin Kramer told DKPittsburghSports.com. “We’ve heard it for two years now, so we just kind of expect it more often than not. He gets the brunt of it.”

Newman and Kramer continue to traverse the Pirates’ farm system together, this time with both of them in the lineup for the Class AA Altoona Curve. Since draft day, the two entered the organization together and since had stints with the West Virginia Power and West Virginia Black Bears, followed by a season in Bradenton last year for Kramer and part of a season with Bradenton and 61 games for the Curve last season for Newman.

“It’s a really good working relationship where we can tell each other what we want and what we expect from each other,” Kramer said. “I’ll tell him, ‘Hey, I need this ball on a double play turn here.’ Extremely professional. He listens to what I need and I listen to what he needs and that’s just the way it goes.”

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