On Monday, pitchers and catchers will report to Spring Training. Not long after that, major league camp will start. Shortly after major league camp starts, minor league camp will begin. The schedule and important dates for major league camp are well known, but the minor league camp schedule and dates are harder to find. For those of you who will be going over to Pirate City in your trips to Spring Training, the schedule below will tell you what to expect when you're there.
February 22nd - Staff Reports
February 24th - Early Camp Players Report
March 3rd - All Players Report
March 4th - First Workout
March 29th - Altoona breaks camp
April 1st - Indianapolis, Bradenton, and West Virginia break camp
Minor League Schedule
All games start at 1:00 PM. Home games are played at Pirate City. Camp days typically feature practices, and an inter-squad game around 10:00 AM. Short season players usually play an inter-squad game on a daily basis.
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