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Pirates acquire pitcher Yordi Rosario from White Sox

The Pittsburgh Pirates today acquired right-handed pitcher Yordi Rosario along with international slot money from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for pitcher Ivan Nova. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington.

The 19-year-old Rosario posted a combined record of 1-4 with a 2.57 ERA (56.0ip/16er) and 70 strikeouts in 14 appearances (11 starts) in 2018 between the Dominican Summer League White Sox and Arizona League White Sox.

The Pittsburgh Pirates today acquired right-handed pitcher Yordi Rosario along with international slot money from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for pitcher Ivan Nova. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington.

The 19-year-old Rosario posted a combined record of 1-4 with a 2.57 ERA (56.0ip/16er) and 70 strikeouts in 14 appearances (11 starts) in 2018 between the Dominican Summer League White Sox and Arizona League White Sox.

Rosario was signed by the White Sox as a non-drafted free agent on February 29, 2016.

The Pirates also receive a $500,000 increase in the Club's International Bonus Pool, allowing the Club to invest additional dollars in this year's international market.

Since making his professional debut in 2016, Rosario has posted a 6-12 record, 3.43 ERA (162.2ip/62er) and 160 strikeouts in 40 appearances (34 starts) during his minor league career.

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Pirates And A's complete trade

The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired minor league right-handed pitcher Wilkin Ramos from Oakland on Saturday as the player to be named from the November 20 trade of right-handed pitcher Tanner Anderson to the A's. 

The 18-year-old Ramos went 3-3 with a 3.15 ERA (40.0ip/14er) and 38 strikeouts in 14 appearances (eight starts) during his first professional season in 2018 with the Dominican Summer League Athletics.  

The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired minor league right-handed pitcher Wilkin Ramos from Oakland on Saturday as the player to be named from the November 20 trade of right-handed pitcher Tanner Anderson to the A's. 

The 18-year-old Ramos went 3-3 with a 3.15 ERA (40.0ip/14er) and 38 strikeouts in 14 appearances (eight starts) during his first professional season in 2018 with the Dominican Summer League Athletics.  

Ramos was signed by Oakland as a non-drafted free agent on July 25, 2017.
 

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2019 PiratesFest returns to PNC Park on January 26

Annual winter fan fest to benefit the "Injured Officers Fund" and "Public Safety Support Trust Fund"

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced today details for the 2019 PiratesFest, presented by Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh, as the winter fan fest returns to the Best Ballpark in America. The all-day event will take place this year at PNC Park on Saturday, January 26 and admission is FREE to the public.

The general autograph sessions will take place throughout the event on Saturday in the PNC Park Jim Beam Left Field Lounge. The autograph sessions will be ticketed with per session tickets sold prior to the event. All proceeds from the sessions will benefit Pittsburgh area first responders.

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced today details for the 2019 PiratesFest, presented by Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh, as the winter fan fest returns to the Best Ballpark in America. The all-day event will take place this year at PNC Park on Saturday, January 26 and admission is FREE to the public.

The general autograph sessions will take place throughout the event on Saturday in the PNC Park Jim Beam Left Field Lounge. The autograph sessions will be ticketed with per session tickets sold prior to the event. All proceeds from the sessions will benefit Pittsburgh area first responders.

On October 27, the Pittsburgh community was rocked by the tragedy at the Tree of Life Synagogue. In memory of the 11 lives lost that day, as well as in honor of the first responders who bravely entered the fray to ensure the safety of so many others, Pirates Charities will donate 100-percent of the autograph proceeds from the 2019 PiratesFest to the City of Pittsburgh's Fraternal Order of Police "Injured Officers Fund," and the newly formed local "Public Safety Support Trust Fund." In addition, there will be many opportunities around PNC Park for fans to donate and show their support for area first responders.

The support comes in addition to the $50,000 donation already made by the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pirates Charities, which was divided among the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh's "Victims of Terror Fund," the City of Pittsburgh's Fraternal Order of Police "Injured Officers Fund," and the "Public Safety Support Trust Fund."

"As we continue to pray for those we lost in this indescribable tragedy, we must also continue to honor their memory by committing to a kinder, more inclusive and more loving future," said Pirates Chairman Bob Nutting. "Our community should take great pride in the fact that Pittsburgh is once again leading the country by demonstrating to our nation how we can stand together as one."

"All too often professional athletes are hailed as heroes, but we know that the real heroes among us are our community's first responders, men and women who dedicate their lives to helping others, no matter what the situation," added Nutting. "Raising additional funds at PiratesFest is yet another way in which the Pirates, and our fans, can continue to honor, support and express our gratitude to our first responders."

General Public hours for PiratesFest, presented by Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh, will be Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

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Lonnie Chisenhall agrees to one-year deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates today agreed to terms with free agent outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall on a one-year deal for the 2019 season. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington.

The left-handed hitting Chisenhall has spent his entire big league career with the Indians after being selected by Cleveland in the first round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft (29th pick overall). He was originally selected by the Pirates in the 11th round of the 2006 Draft, but did not sign.

The Pittsburgh Pirates today agreed to terms with free agent outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall on a one-year deal for the 2019 season. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington.

The left-handed hitting Chisenhall has spent his entire big league career with the Indians after being selected by Cleveland in the first round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft (29th pick overall). He was originally selected by the Pirates in the 11th round of the 2006 Draft, but did not sign.

Chisenhall, 30, hit .321 (27-for-84) in 29 games with the Indians last season. He played his final game on July 1 after suffering a left calf injury on July 2. He also missed two months of action between April 8 and June 4 due to a strained right calf.

"Lonnie Chisenhall adds an experienced, productive and versatile player to our Major League team," said Huntington. "When healthy, Lonnie has been a quality hitter while offering defensive flexibility. He also provides us an immediate option in right field while Gregory Polanco is getting healthy and his abilities and versatility will make our club better once Polanco returns."

After entering the 2011 season ranked as Cleveland's top prospect, Chisenhall made his Major League debut that year and has gone on to produce a career average of .268 with 64 homers and 296 RBIs in 688 big league games. In 2014, he set career highs in games (142), runs (62), doubles (29), home runs (13) and RBIs (59).

In his Major League career, Chisenhall has made 341 appearances at third base, 242 in right field, 21 in center field, 21 at first base and 11 in left field. Since the start of the 2016 season, however, he has made 222 appearances in the outfield, 10 at first base and one at third base.

To make room on the 40-man roster, RHP Alex McRae has been designated for assignment.

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Jacob Cruz named assistant hitting coach

The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced that Jacob Cruz has been hired as the club's Assistant Hitting Coach. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington and Manager Clint Hurdle.

The 45-year-old Cruz spent the last two seasons in the Chicago Cubs organization, working as the Minor League hitting coordinator in 2018 and as the Hitting Coach with Double-A Tennessee in 2017.

The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced that Jacob Cruz has been hired as the club's Assistant Hitting Coach. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington and Manager Clint Hurdle.

The 45-year-old Cruz spent the last two seasons in the Chicago Cubs organization, working as the Minor League hitting coordinator in 2018 and as the Hitting Coach with Double-A Tennessee in 2017.

Cruz began his coaching career in 2011 as the hitting coach for Arizona's short season team in Yakima. He spent a total of six seasons (2011-16) in the Diamondbacks organization before joining the Cubs in 2017.

A former first-round selection by San Francisco in the 1994 First-Year Player Draft, Cruz spent parts of nine seasons playing in the Major Leagues between 1996 and 2005 with the Giants, Indians, Rockies, Tigers and Reds.

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Pirates set 40-man roster

The Pittsburgh Pirates have added the following four players to their 40-man roster. There are now 40 players on the current roster (23 pitchers, three catchers, nine infielders and five outfielders).

J.T. Brubaker (RHP) - Was named Pittsburgh's Minor League Pitcher-of-the-Year in 2018 after going a combined 10-6 with a 2.81 ERA (154.0ip/48er) and 131 strikeouts in 28 starts between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis ... Led all Pittsburgh minor leaguers in ERA and ranked second in strikeouts in 2018 ... Was Pittsburgh's sixth round selection in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have added the following four players to their 40-man roster. There are now 40 players on the current roster (23 pitchers, three catchers, nine infielders and five outfielders).

J.T. Brubaker (RHP) - Was named Pittsburgh's Minor League Pitcher-of-the-Year in 2018 after going a combined 10-6 with a 2.81 ERA (154.0ip/48er) and 131 strikeouts in 28 starts between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis ... Led all Pittsburgh minor leaguers in ERA and ranked second in strikeouts in 2018 ... Was Pittsburgh's sixth round selection in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft.

Mitch Keller (RHP) - Is currently ranked as Pittsburgh's No. 1 prospect by Baseball America and MLBPipeline.com (is also ranked 16th overall by MLBPipeline) ... Went a combined 12-4 with a 3.48 ERA (142.1ip/55er) and 135 strikeouts in 25 starts in 2018 between Altoona, Indianapolis and Bradenton ... Represented the Pirates at the 2018 All-Star Futures Game ... Was Pittsburgh's Minor League Pitcher-of-the-Year in 2016 after going 9-5 with a 2.35 ERA (130.1ip/34er) and a career-high 138 strikeouts in 24 starts between the West Virginia Power and Bradenton ... Was Pittsburgh's second round selection in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.

Jason Martin (OF) - Hit a combined .274 (128-for-468) with 18 doubles, eight triples, 13 home runs, 55 RBI, 12 stolen bases and 69 runs scored in 127 games between Altoona and Indianapolis in 2018 ... Hit .325 for Altoona before being promoted to Indianapolis on June 28 (his .325 average was fifth in the Eastern League at the time of his promotion) ... Was one of four players acquired by Pittsburgh from Houston on January 13, 2018.

Cole Tucker (INF) - Hit .259 (134-for-517) with 21 doubles, seven triples, five home runs, 44 RBI and 35 stolen bases in 133 games with Altoona in 2018 ... Entered the 2018 campaign rated as Pittsburgh's sixth-best prospect and as the "Fastest Baserunner" by Baseball America ... Led the Eastern League in games played and stolen bases and tied for the league lead in triples in 2018 ... Also led all Eastern League shortstops with a .973 fielding percentage in 2018 ... Hit .370 (30-fo-81) with five doubles, one triple, 11 RBI, six stolen bases and a .899 OPS in the Arizona Fall League; he ranked third among the league leaders in batting average and fourth with a .442 on-base percentage while also being named to the Fall Stars Game ... Was Pittsburgh's first round selection
(24th pick overall) in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.

Additionally, the Pirates have traded right-handed pitcher Tanner Anderson to the Oakland A's for a player to be named or cash.

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Pirates and Indians complete five-player deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates today acquired in elder Erik González along with right-handed pitchers Tahnaj Thomas and Dante Mendoza from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for out elder Jordan Luplow and in elder Max Moroff. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington.

The 27-year-old González spent the 2018 season with the Indians and hit .265 (36-for-136) in 81 games. He made 30 appearances at second base, 20 at third base and 16 at shortstop while producing a .304 batting average against right-handed pitchers.

The Pittsburgh Pirates today acquired in elder Erik González along with right-handed pitchers Tahnaj Thomas and Dante Mendoza from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for out elder Jordan Luplow and in elder Max Moroff. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington.

The 27-year-old González spent the 2018 season with the Indians and hit .265 (36-for-136) in 81 games. He made 30 appearances at second base, 20 at third base and 16 at shortstop while producing a .304 batting average against right-handed pitchers.

"Erik Gonzalez is an athletic middle in elder who plays solid defense and has the potential to be a productive hitter at the major league level," said Huntington. "He gives us another quality option to play shortstop or in the middle of our in eld this year and into the future."

González was originally signed by the Indians as a non-drafted free agent on 8/26/08 and spent all 10 of his professional seasons in the Cleveland organization. He made his Major League debut in 2016, during which he hit .313 in 21 games with the Indians.

González was a Triple-A All-Star with Columbus in 2016 and was named an organizational All-Star by MiLB.com four straight seasons (2013-16). He was also listed by Baseball America as having the "Best In eld Arm" in the Cleveland organization for three seasons (2014-15, 2017).

Thomas was originally signed by the Indians as a non-drafted free agent out of the Bahamas on December 5, 2016. The 19-year-old made his professional debut in 2017 while making a combined 16 appearances (13 starts) between the Arizona League Indians and the Dominican Summer League Indians.

This past season, Thomas posted a 4.58 ERA (19.2ip/10er), 27 strikeouts and a .188 batting average against while spending the entire season pitching for the Arizona League Indians 1 team.

"Tahnaj Thomas is a recently converted in elder who possesses a quality frame, athleticism, a clean delivery and arm strength to create a high-ceilinged prospect," said Huntington.

Mendoza was selected by the Indians in the 12th round of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft out of Torrance (CA) High School. He made three appearances (two starts) during his rst professional season with the Arizona League Indians in 2017. This past season, Mendoza went 2-2 with a 4.58 ERA (37.1ip/19er) and 37 strikeouts in 10 appearances (three starts) with the Arizona League Indians 1 team.

"Dante Mendoza is a pitching prospect who brings many of the traits we like in young pitchers, while adding to the depth of pitching prospects with upside in our system," said Huntington.

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Pirates announce 2019 promotional schedule

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced the team's 2019 promotional schedule in advance of tomorrow's Sheetz MTO® Six-Pack on-sale, the first opportunity to secure single-game tickets to games in 2019.

Six Packs will go on sale Friday at noon to the general public for all games at pirates.com/6packs, and fans can select any six games, including Opening Day at PNC Park, scheduled for 1:05 p.m. on Monday, April 1 vs the St. Louis Cardinals. The Pirates have 37 promotional dates scheduled for 2019, including 18 dates of promotional giveaways for the first 20,000 fans, 12 Kids Days and six Zambelli Fireworks nights.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced the team's 2019 promotional schedule in advance of tomorrow's Sheetz MTO® Six-Pack on-sale, the first opportunity to secure single-game tickets to games in 2019.

Six Packs will go on sale Friday at noon to the general public for all games at pirates.com/6packs, and fans can select any six games, including Opening Day at PNC Park, scheduled for 1:05 p.m. on Monday, April 1 vs the St. Louis Cardinals. The Pirates have 37 promotional dates scheduled for 2019, including 18 dates of promotional giveaways for the first 20,000 fans, 12 Kids Days and six Zambelli Fireworks nights.

The fan promotions will start immediately as all fans in attendance for the 2019 Home Opener at PNC Park will receive a Pirates 2019 magnetic schedule, courtesy of PNC Bank. The schedule is highlighted by the return of Free Shirt Fridays throughout the season; July 6 vs the Milwaukee Brewers is the return of the popular Pirates Hawaiian shirt giveaway; and on Saturday, August 17 vs the Chicago Cubs the Pirates will pay tribute to Pittsburgh icon Fred Rogers with the Pirates cardigan giveaway day.

During the 2019 season the Pirates will celebrate the 1979 World Series Championship team. The weekend of July 19-21 will be packed full of alumni visits, on-field ceremonies and more in honor of the 40th anniversary of the We Are Fam-a-lee team.

The promotional calendar also features five bobblehead dates, including:
• Star Wars Night Bobblehead on Saturday, May 4 as the Pirates take on the Oakland Athletics at 7:05 p.m. The Pirates will celebrate the popular "May the Fourth be with You" day with a Pirates Jedi Master-themed bobble.
• As part of the Pirates' African American Heritage celebration, fans attending the Saturday, June 1 contest against Milwaukee Brewers at 4:05 p.m. will receive a Chris Archer bobblehead.
• A Pirates Vintage Bobblehead will be given out on Saturday, July 20 vs the Philadelphia Phillies at 7:05 p.m. A throwback to some of the first bobbleheads created for sports teams will complement the team's 1979 celebration weekend.
• The Pirates will celebrate Super Hero Day at PNC with a Pirates super hero bobblehead on Saturday, September 7 vs. the St. Louis Cardinals.
• Saturday, September 28 will be Steve Blass dual bobblehead night as the Pirates host the Cincinnati Reds at 7:05 p.m. The 2019 season marks Steve Blass' 60th year of involvement with the Pirates and his 34th behind the microphone as a color commentator. Blass began his career with the Pirates when he signed his first professional contract in 1960 and in honor of Steve's 60 years with the organization, the Pirates will distribute a dual player/broadcaster bobblehead.

Sundays are Kids Days at PNC Park with 12 dates specially reserved for family fun in and around the ballpark. Sunday dates include some great happenings such as:
• Kids Pirates plush doll on April 7 vs the Cincinnati Reds
• Kids Pirates replica jersey on June 23 vs the San Diego Padres
• Kids Pierogy figurines on July 21 vs the Phillies
• Kids Players' Weekend Jersey on August 25 vs the Cincinnati Reds
• Sundays in the Summer are Kids FREE Ice Cream Days as all kids ages 14 and under will receive a voucher good for free ice cream at PNC Park. Kids Free Ice Cream Days include: May 26, June 2, July 7 and Aug. 4. 

Additional information on the 2019 schedule and promotional items can be found at pirates.com/promotions or by calling 1-800-BUY-BUCS.

To ensure the very best seats for all games on the 2019 wish list, season ticket plans are available and can be secured by visiting pirates.com/seasontickets. Choose from a Full Season package, 40-Game package featuring every weekend or weekday game, and 20-Game packages that are designed around the best games of the season.

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Pirates sign infielder Jung Ho Kang to one-year contract

The Pittsburgh Pirates today signed free agent infielder Jung Ho Kang to a one-year contract for the 2019 season. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington.

"We appreciate Jung Ho's hard work to get back to being a productive Major League player, while continuing to handle himself appropriately off the field," said Huntington. "We feel that bringing Jung Ho back in 2019 will make us better as he will have the ability to make a positive impact on our lineup. Competition and options are important to any organization and this signing provides us with both."

The Pittsburgh Pirates today signed free agent infielder Jung Ho Kang to a one-year contract for the 2019 season. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington.

"We appreciate Jung Ho's hard work to get back to being a productive Major League player, while continuing to handle himself appropriately off the field," said Huntington. "We feel that bringing Jung Ho back in 2019 will make us better as he will have the ability to make a positive impact on our lineup. Competition and options are important to any organization and this signing provides us with both."

The 31-year-old Kang went 2-for-6 in three games with the Pirates this past September after returning from the MLB Restricted List and then the Disabled List.

Kang played nine seasons in the Korean Baseball Organization (2006-2014) before signing a four-year contract with the Pirates on January 16, 2015.

He finished third in the voting for N.L. Rookie-of-the-Year in 2015 after hitting .287 with 15 home runs and 58 RBI in 126 games. He hit .255 with 21 homers and 62 RBI in 103 games in 2016.

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Pirates announce 2019 ticket on-sale dates and information

Six-Pack plans and single-game tickets to be on sale soon

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced today that the popular Pirates Sheetz MTO® Six-Pack plans will go on sale on Friday, November 9.

Additionally, the team announced that 2019 single-game tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, November 23, or "Black and Gold Friday."   

The Pirates Sheetz MTO Six-Pack ticket plans will go on sale to the general public at noon on Friday, November 9, at pirates.com/6packs and will be available throughout the holiday season. The Six-Pack plan comes "Made To Order" and offers the ultimate flexibility as fans are able to build the Six-Pack plan that best fits their needs. 

Opening Day at PNC Park on Monday, April 1 vs the St. Louis Cardinals can be included in every Six-Pack plan so fans purchasing a Six-Pack can secure Opening Day tickets before they go on sale to the public. Six-Pack plans can also include other high-demand games - including summer matchups vs. the Chicagos Cubs (August 16-17), Philadelphia Phillies (July 19-21), New York Mets (August 2-4) and Milwaukee Brewers (July 5-7) - before the public on-sale.   

Sheetz MTO Six Pack plans start as low as:

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced today that the popular Pirates Sheetz MTO® Six-Pack plans will go on sale on Friday, November 9.

Additionally, the team announced that 2019 single-game tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, November 23, or "Black and Gold Friday."   

The Pirates Sheetz MTO Six-Pack ticket plans will go on sale to the general public at noon on Friday, November 9, at pirates.com/6packs and will be available throughout the holiday season. The Six-Pack plan comes "Made To Order" and offers the ultimate flexibility as fans are able to build the Six-Pack plan that best fits their needs. 

Opening Day at PNC Park on Monday, April 1 vs the St. Louis Cardinals can be included in every Six-Pack plan so fans purchasing a Six-Pack can secure Opening Day tickets before they go on sale to the public. Six-Pack plans can also include other high-demand games - including summer matchups vs. the Chicagos Cubs (August 16-17), Philadelphia Phillies (July 19-21), New York Mets (August 2-4) and Milwaukee Brewers (July 5-7) - before the public on-sale.   

Sheetz MTO Six Pack plans start as low as:

  • Field Level - $312
  • Outfield Bleachers - $162
  • Upper Level - $120 

The on-sale of single-game tickets on "Black and Gold Friday" marks the start of the 2018 holiday shopping season and offers fans the opportunity to get their stocking stuffers early. Leading up to the public on-sale on November 23, there will be several special pre-sale opportunities available, such as Thursday, November 8 for Full-Season Tickets Holders, Half-Season Ticket Holders and 20-Game Season Ticket Holders, and on Tuesday, November 20 for Group Leaders, Pirates.com Registered Users and more. 

To ensure the very best seats for all games on the 2019 wish list, season ticket plans are available and can be secured by visiting pirates.com/seasontickets. Choose from a Full Season package, 40-Game package featuring every weekend or weekday game, and 20-Game packages that are designed around the best games of the season. 

For more information on Pirates Six Pack, Single-Game schedule, Season Tickets or more, visit pirates.com/tickets or call 1-800-BUY-BUCS.   

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Pirates name Rick Eckstein hitting coach

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced Friday that Rick Eckstein has been hired as the club's new hitting coach. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington and Manager Clint Hurdle.

"Rick Eckstein brings experience, knowledge and a relentless drive to combine old-school thought and newschool concepts to help our Major League Team," said Huntington. "His ability to impact each player's approach and skill set will aid in our ability to create runs and maximize our performance as a team. The various roles Rick has held have prepared him to implement an individualized mental, physical and fundamental program to benefit our Major League team and our organization."

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced Friday that Rick Eckstein has been hired as the club's new hitting coach. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington and Manager Clint Hurdle.

"Rick Eckstein brings experience, knowledge and a relentless drive to combine old-school thought and newschool concepts to help our Major League Team," said Huntington. "His ability to impact each player's approach and skill set will aid in our ability to create runs and maximize our performance as a team. The various roles Rick has held have prepared him to implement an individualized mental, physical and fundamental program to benefit our Major League team and our organization."

The 45-year-old Eckstein spent the last two seasons serving as Minnesota's minor league hitting coordinator. Prior to his time in Minnesota, he spent 2015 and 2016 as the assistant coach with the University of Kentucky baseball team.

This will be Eckstein's second big league job as a hitting coach after holding the same position for the Washington Nationals from 2009-13. He also served as a player information coach, assistant hitting coach and an advanced scout for the Los Angeles Angels in 2014.

Eckstein also served as a coach in the Montreal Expos organization in 2004-05 as the Double-A hitting coach in 2004 and was a coach in extended spring training in 2005. He also was a hitting coach at the Triple-A level for the Nationals organization in 2008 and 2006 and with the St. Louis Cardinals organization in 2007.

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Pirates Charities, People's Gas, Robert Morris University and other partners break ground on Moon Township Miracle League Project

Moon Township Miracle League Field and playground to assist persons living with disabilities

Pirates Charities, the philanthropic arm of the Pittsburgh Pirates, is partnering with the Miracle League of Moon Township to build the new Miracle League of Moon Township at People's Park Miracle League Field, adaptive playground and ADA restroom facility in Moon Twp. Pa.   
The project is designed to promote inclusive, healthy environments for persons living with disabilities in Moon Township and the surrounding communities and is being made possible by a partnership of community leaders, including Pirates Charities, People's Gas, Robert Morris University, Edgar Snyder and Associates, the Buncher Foundation, Edith Trees Trust, RB Vetco and Acme Door and Hardware. 

On Wednesday, October 24 at 3:30 p.m., the Pirates, and many of the above partners, will be joined at the project site (Moon Park 1350 Ewing Rd, Moon, PA 15108) by former Steelers running back Rocky Bleier, Allegheny County Councilman Tom Baker, and other dignitaries for the official ground breaking of the new Miracle League Field and playground. 

Pirates Charities, the philanthropic arm of the Pittsburgh Pirates, is partnering with the Miracle League of Moon Township to build the new Miracle League of Moon Township at People's Park Miracle League Field, adaptive playground and ADA restroom facility in Moon Twp. Pa.   
The project is designed to promote inclusive, healthy environments for persons living with disabilities in Moon Township and the surrounding communities and is being made possible by a partnership of community leaders, including Pirates Charities, People's Gas, Robert Morris University, Edgar Snyder and Associates, the Buncher Foundation, Edith Trees Trust, RB Vetco and Acme Door and Hardware. 

On Wednesday, October 24 at 3:30 p.m., the Pirates, and many of the above partners, will be joined at the project site (Moon Park 1350 Ewing Rd, Moon, PA 15108) by former Steelers running back Rocky Bleier, Allegheny County Councilman Tom Baker, and other dignitaries for the official ground breaking of the new Miracle League Field and playground. 

Construction of the project is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2019 and will include a Miracle League athletic field for athletes with special needs; a 9,500 square foot custom, adaptive playground; and a fully ADA accessible restroom facility.   

The field, which is the seventh in the tri-state region in which Pirates Charities has played a vital role in constructing, will allow persons with special needs to realize their dream of playing baseball, many of them for the very first time. As important, children and adults will now have the opportunity to develop relationships with their peers and coaches while playing on their very own field.   

Each Miracle League Field supported by Pirates Charities is made of a synthetic surface with no raised areas, to make it possible for children and adults in wheelchairs and walkers to safely move about the field. The fields feature accessible dugouts as well as new electronic scoreboards.  

"The Miracle League programs are very special to the Pirates and Pirates Charities and each time we are afforded the opportunity to assist in the construction of a new facility, we take a great amount of pride in being able to help," said Bob Nutting, Pirates and Pirates Charities Chairman. "This project will allow hundreds of children and adults in the area the chance to experience the great game of baseball while developing relationships with others in their community. It is incredibly rewarding for our organization to see the growth of the Miracle League in our region and to know that many children who would otherwise not be able to play baseball now have fields of their own."

Located in Moon Park, the Miracle League Field will complement the existing Miracle League fields in the Pittsburgh region and focus on players from areas such as Montour, West Allegheny, Moon, Sewickley, Weirton, Steubenville, Beaver County and surrounding communities. 

"Social capital, confidence and personal worth are the keys to improving our society and this project will provide an opportunity for all children to make our future better," said Mike Magulick, Miracle League of Moon Township president. "The board is proud to help lead the development of the project. We are excited to provide a platform for the amazing athletes to play in front of family, friends and the community. These athletes spend countless hours in therapy learning skills and milestones most others reach with ease and soon the athletes will be able to show their skills. We hope the community is ready to support and cheer because soon dedicated athletes will be playing on the playground and Miracle Field creating miracles in Moon." 

Since 2009, Pirates Charities has donated more than $1.3 Million in support of 10 Miracle Leagues throughout the areas in which the team has a footprint. Pirates Charities has played a vital role in the construction of seven Miracle League Fields, including the region's first field in Cranberry Township, Pa. Since 2009, fields in Upper St. Clair, Murrysville, Indiana County, Wheeling, WV, DuBois and in the Pirates spring home in Bradenton, Fla have been opened and are operational today.  

More than 250 Miracle League organizations operate across the country with the goal of empowering children and adults challenged by any form of special need to experience the joys and thrills of baseball regardless of their ability to play. The Miracle League, whose motto is "Every child deserves a chance to play baseball," allows for each player to bat once each inning and that all batters are "safe" and score a run before the inning is over. Games are two innings long and each team and each player always win.   

Integral to the Miracle League concept is the "Buddy System." Buddies assist all Miracle League players, and are volunteers from youth baseball organizations, local civic and community groups, and individuals with an interest in helping children with special needs.   

The Miracle League of Moon Township will implement a "buddy system" that is comprised predominantly of high school students who will mentor the athletes and help with participation in the recreational activities. Relative to the buddy system, the organization has established a junior board for high school students, to provide a leadership role in the league.  

For more information on the Miracle League of Moon Township, including project updates and fundraising information, visit miraclesinmoon.org.   

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Update on Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Joe Musgrove

After recent reexaminations determined there was less than the desired amount of clinical healing, the decision was made that surgery was the most prudent path to optimal health for the 2019 season. 
 
Surgery to repair the abdominal wall and to help the stress reaction heal was performed today by Dr. Craig Smith in Los Angeles, CA.  
 
A typical recovery timeframe from this type of surgery that would allow an athlete to participate in full off-season training activities is approximately six weeks. We anticipate Joe will be on or close to a regular schedule for 2019 Major League Spring Training.
 

After recent reexaminations determined there was less than the desired amount of clinical healing, the decision was made that surgery was the most prudent path to optimal health for the 2019 season. 
 
Surgery to repair the abdominal wall and to help the stress reaction heal was performed today by Dr. Craig Smith in Los Angeles, CA.  
 
A typical recovery timeframe from this type of surgery that would allow an athlete to participate in full off-season training activities is approximately six weeks. We anticipate Joe will be on or close to a regular schedule for 2019 Major League Spring Training.
 

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Edgar Santana undergoes elbow surgery

Edgar Santana underwent right elbow ulnar collateral ligament reconstructive surgery Thursday in Gulf Breeze, Florida, by Dr. James Andrews. The typical recovery time in returning to Major League competition is 14-to-16 months.

Edgar Santana underwent right elbow ulnar collateral ligament reconstructive surgery Thursday in Gulf Breeze, Florida, by Dr. James Andrews. The typical recovery time in returning to Major League competition is 14-to-16 months.

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Pirates announce 2019 Spring Training ticket information

The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced the 2019 Spring Training ticket information for games to be played at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida. Last month, the Pirates announced the 2019 Spring Training schedule and home game times for their 51st spring season in Bradenton.  

The Pirates home schedule begins on Sunday, February 24, as the team hosts the Miami Marlins at 1:05 p.m. at LECOM Park. The 15-game home schedule also includes games with the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays and more. The Pirates will also host a night game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, March 15, at 6:05 p.m.  

The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced the 2019 Spring Training ticket information for games to be played at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida. Last month, the Pirates announced the 2019 Spring Training schedule and home game times for their 51st spring season in Bradenton.  

The Pirates home schedule begins on Sunday, February 24, as the team hosts the Miami Marlins at 1:05 p.m. at LECOM Park. The 15-game home schedule also includes games with the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays and more. The Pirates will also host a night game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, March 15, at 6:05 p.m.  

Fans can find more information at https://www.mlb.com/pirates/tickets/spring-training

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