First Pitch

First Pitch: On the Hurdle Extension and the First Day of Minor League Camp

First Pitch: On the Hurdle Extension and the First Day of Minor League Camp

When I looked at my calendar for a potential move to Bradenton, I had two choices. The week of January 20th would get me here a month before Spring Training, and I'd be settled in when pitchers and catchers reported. A month later would get me in after the first week of camp, and right before the games started. Plus I'd save a month of rent in the process. Since nothing usually happens early in camp (stretching, fielding drills, batting practice), I decided to hold off and move in February.

For the most part the opening of camp has been slow. But there were a few news items in the past week that I've been catching up on. Some of it was the product of a slow news week, specifically the Jason Grilli drama where he was quoted in a national article, then criticized bloggers for misrepresent...

This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribers get access to all of our daily articles on the Pirates and their minor league system, with live coverage throughout the system on a daily basis. Our lowest rates are $2.22 per month under our Top Prospect Plan, which also gets you a FREE copy of the 2016 Prospect Guide. Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.

First Pitch

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.

More in First Pitch

mlb-logo

First Pitch: Initial Look at the New CBA Shows It Mostly Hurts the Little Guys

Tim WilliamsDecember 1, 2016
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

First Pitch: The End of the Jeff Locke Era With the Pirates

Tim WilliamsNovember 30, 2016
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

First Pitch: MLB’s CBA Talks, and the Issue With the International Market

Tim WilliamsNovember 29, 2016
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

First Pitch: Following Up His Breakout Winter Has Proven Difficult for Jose Osuna

John DrekerNovember 27, 2016
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

First Pitch: MLB Facing a Potential Lockout and Some Hypocrisy in the CBA Negotiations

Tim WilliamsNovember 23, 2016
edgar-santana-tw-110216-5

First Pitch: What Are the Odds of the AFL Players Making the Majors?

Tim WilliamsNovember 22, 2016

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2016 Pirates Prospects