BRADENTON, Fla. -- Spring training starts Monday morning for the Pirates when pitchers and catchers report to Pirate City.
They begin working out Wednesday morning. The rest of the players report next Sunday, and the first full-squad workout will be the following day.
This will be my 32rd spring training as a baseball writer and 31st in Bradenton. In many ways, it is still the best time of the year. Many fans, especially those who have never been to spring training, ask for tips. I’m here to help. What follows is a brief guide for those making their first trip here. Even those who have been here before might get a pointer or two.