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First Pitch: The Pirates System is Built For Long Term Success

First Pitch: The Pirates System is Built For Long Term Success

For a few moments today, it felt like Spring Training. I was up at 5:30, got to the field at 7:30, and my phone was back on the charger shortly after 11 AM. Of course, it's not Spring Training. It's mini-camp, or more accurately it's "voluntary workouts", since "mini-camp" is restricted in the new CBA. Also, it's definitely not Spring Training since it's supposed to be 35 degrees tomorrow morning. That's nothing compared to the zero degrees in Pennsylvania, but I'm pretty sure they shut the entire state of Florida down when it gets into the 30s.

This afternoon I talked with several players who are down here, sticking mostly to prospects. I spoke with Andrew Lambo, who talked about his time at first base over the off-season, and how he's shooting for the open job in Pittsburgh. I also spoke with Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow, with features on those two coming in the next two days. I talked briefly with Gregory Polanco, and watched him hitting a bit in batting practice.

Then th...

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