I get asked a few times per week for advice on things to do during Spring Training -- whether it's tips on McKechnie Field and Pirate City, or just places to eat. A few years ago I put together a post, based on my limited time in Bradenton. I've been living here for the past year, and now have a much better idea of some of the best places to go in the area. I'm going to assume that if you're coming down for Spring Training, most of your time will be spent either watching baseball, eating, or going to the beach. Therefore, I won't include many other things in the list below.
I might update this post as Spring Training gets closer, depending on whether I go to a new place. If you're coming down for Spring Training, be sure to bookmark this as a reference. If you see me over at Pirate City...
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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.