BRADENTON -- After finishing their workouts at Pirate City on Thursday afternoon, the Pirates players packed up their lockers in the clubhouse for their final day at the facility before moving over to McKechnie Field for the remainder of Spring Training. The club wrapped up two weeks of Spring Training by leaving a good impression on their Manager Clint Hurdle.
Hurdle mentioned several takeaways from the camp this year -- the conditioning, mental conditioning, the execution and the energy of the effort.
“The attitude and effort showed up everyday,“ Hurdle said. “Only the player can bring his individual attitude, his individual effort, and then aim that towards the collective gain for the group. And I saw that."
On Friday, the Pirates will play a black vs. gold inter-squad game at McKechnie Field at noon before kicking off the Grapefruit League with their first official spring training game at Dunedin against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.