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Pittsburgh Pirates hitting coach Rick Eckstein takes media questions in Bradenton. - JOHN PERROTTO / DKPS

The Pirates’ full squad does not officially report to spring training until tomorrow. However, that hasn’t stopped new hitting coach Rick Eckstein from already beginning to get to know his pupils.

Almost all the position players had checked in at Pirate City prior to Sunday’s official reporting date. Eckstein has been working with those players on an informal basis during the week after spending much of the winter talking to them on the telephone.

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