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Minicamp prequel to spring training for Pirates

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Pirate City, Bradenton, Fla. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Pirates will get a jump on spring training beginning Monday morning.

They will open a four-day minicamp at their Pirate City spring training facility. Unlike the NFL, Major League Baseball teams’ minicamps are voluntary under the rules of the labor agreement between the league and the Major League Baseball Players Association.

Just a handful of MLB teams conduct minicamps. However, the Pirates have had one every year since 2001, Lloyd McClendon’s first season as manager.

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