Every so often I'll get an e-mail from someone who is planning on going to Spring Training. The person usually asks for tips on what to do in Bradenton, mostly specific to Pirates-related activities. Pitchers and catchers have reported, and the first workouts start today. So now is as good of a time as any to give some tips on Bradenton for those of you who plan on making your way down to Spring Training this year.
My favorite place in Bradenton is Pirate City. That's pretty obvious, since that's where minor league camp is held. However, there's always something going on, as there are four fields to watch, and a bullpen between two of the fields that can warm up four pitchers at a time. This is where I will be most of the time I'm down there this year.
Admission to Pirate City is free, and so is the parking. The parking lot is around back, shared with a golf course parking lot. I recommend parking as far away from the fields as possible, to avoid any shattered windshield...
Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.