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Pirates and Guardian Protection announce new partnership

Guardian named official smart home security provider of the Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Guardian Protection Services officially announced an exclusive new partnership through the 2021 season. Guardian is now the "Official Smart Home Security Provider of the Pittsburgh Pirates." The new deal also includes the rebranding of the PNC Park bullpen space with Guardian becoming the presenting partner of the area as well as expanded in-park advertising and media.

Guardian will be the in-park presenting sponsor of all pitching changes, as well as all Pirates save opportunities at PNC Park. To highlight this, the bullpen will include a vibrant new look - with Guardian's branding and primary purple color throughout the area. This unique sponsorship opportunity connects the goal of Pirates relief pitchers to protect the lead with Guardian's mission to protect homes and businesses.

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Guardian Protection Services officially announced an exclusive new partnership through the 2021 season. Guardian is now the "Official Smart Home Security Provider of the Pittsburgh Pirates." The new deal also includes the rebranding of the PNC Park bullpen space with Guardian becoming the presenting partner of the area as well as expanded in-park advertising and media.

Guardian will be the in-park presenting sponsor of all pitching changes, as well as all Pirates save opportunities at PNC Park. To highlight this, the bullpen will include a vibrant new look - with Guardian's branding and primary purple color throughout the area. This unique sponsorship opportunity connects the goal of Pirates relief pitchers to protect the lead with Guardian's mission to protect homes and businesses.

"We are proud to partner with Guardian Protection and look forward to an expanded relationship with yet another great local company," said Frank Coonelly, Pirates president. "Guardian is a trusted name in smart home and business security and as well as a trusted brand in the Pittsburgh community."

"While families and business-owners in many areas rely on Guardian, we've never lost sight of our humble beginnings and the city that gave us our start," said Kevin Bish, vice-president of marketing for Guardian Protection Services. "Our employees live in the communities we serve and are proud to be associated with the Pittsburgh Pirates. We're incredibly excited to announce our new Pittsburgh Pirates partnership."

The Pirates began their partnership with Guardian Protection in 2018. Guardian is one of the nation's largest residential and commercial security providers. Like the Pirates, Guardian Protection calls Western Pennsylvania home with its corporate headquarters in Warrendale, Pa.

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Pirates and Papa John's announce 2019 student ticket offer

The Pittsburgh Pirates have teamed up with Papa John's to announce the new Papa John's Student Ticket offer allowing students the opportunity to purchase specially priced individual tickets to all Pirates home games at PNC Park. Thanks to this partnership, students may visit Pirates.com/student now to purchase Pirates individual game tickets for just $10 as well as receive free offers and special discounts from Papa John's throughout the upcoming season.

This offer is available online only and all tickets through the Papa John's Student Ticket offer are digital and will be distributed only through the MLB Ballpark app. On the date of the game, fans will have their digital ticket scanned at the gate upon entry to the ballpark.

The MLB Ballpark app is the perfect mobile companion when visiting PNC Park. The official MLB Ballpark application perfectly complements and personalizes your trip with digital ticketing functionality, mobile check-in,offers, rewards and exclusive content.

Tickets through the Papa John's Student Ticket Offer are available on a first-come-first-serve basis and located in the Upper Bleacher Reserved seats of PNC Park. The special ticket pricing and Papa John's benefits are available only at Pirates.com/student.

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

The Pittsburgh Pirates have teamed up with Papa John's to announce the new Papa John's Student Ticket offer allowing students the opportunity to purchase specially priced individual tickets to all Pirates home games at PNC Park. Thanks to this partnership, students may visit Pirates.com/student now to purchase Pirates individual game tickets for just $10 as well as receive free offers and special discounts from Papa John's throughout the upcoming season.

This offer is available online only and all tickets through the Papa John's Student Ticket offer are digital and will be distributed only through the MLB Ballpark app. On the date of the game, fans will have their digital ticket scanned at the gate upon entry to the ballpark.

The MLB Ballpark app is the perfect mobile companion when visiting PNC Park. The official MLB Ballpark application perfectly complements and personalizes your trip with digital ticketing functionality, mobile check-in,offers, rewards and exclusive content.

Tickets through the Papa John's Student Ticket Offer are available on a first-come-first-serve basis and located in the Upper Bleacher Reserved seats of PNC Park. The special ticket pricing and Papa John's benefits are available only at Pirates.com/student.

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

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Pirates sign outfielder Melky Cabrera to Minor League deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates today agreed to terms on a Minor League contract with outfielder Melky Cabrera, which includes an invitation to big league camp.

The 34-year-old Cabrera began the 2018 campaign with Triple-A Columbus after signing with Cleveland as a Minor League free agent on April 25. He had two different stints with the Indians last season, where he hit .280 (70-for-250) with 17 doubles, six home runs and 39 RBIs overall in 78 games. During his second stint with Cleveland that began on July 20, he hit .302 (58-for-192) with 12 doubles, six home runs and 28 RBIs over the final 61 games of the season.  

The Pittsburgh Pirates today agreed to terms on a Minor League contract with outfielder Melky Cabrera, which includes an invitation to big league camp.

The 34-year-old Cabrera began the 2018 campaign with Triple-A Columbus after signing with Cleveland as a Minor League free agent on April 25. He had two different stints with the Indians last season, where he hit .280 (70-for-250) with 17 doubles, six home runs and 39 RBIs overall in 78 games. During his second stint with Cleveland that began on July 20, he hit .302 (58-for-192) with 12 doubles, six home runs and 28 RBIs over the final 61 games of the season.  

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Cabrera ranks first among all active switch-hitters in RBIs (807) and second in hits (1856) and doubles (361). His 118 outfield assists are also the second-most among active players behind Ichiro Suzuki (123). 

The 2012 All-Star and All-Star Game MVP owns a .286 career average with 361 doubles, 44 triples, 137 home runs and 807 RBIs in 1754 games in the big leagues with the New York Yankees (2005-09), Atlanta (2010), Kansas City (2011 and 2017), San Francisco (2012), Toronto (2013-14), Chicago White Sox (2015-17) and Cleveland (2018).

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Pirates "Long Live Their Legacy" program returns for 2019

Pirates to celebrate Black History Month through educational workshops honoring baseball's Negro Leagues

This month, the Pittsburgh Pirates launched the "Long Live Their Legacy" program, a community relations initiative promoting the history of the Negro Leagues and its many stars. The program is a traveling presentation made available to Pittsburgh area schools and community groups throughout February as part of Black History Month. Pirates Community Outreach Coordinator Joel Gray oversees the effort. 

The "Long Live Their Legacy" initiative is designed to help educate young people in surrounding communities about Negro League baseball, its ties to Pittsburgh, and the significant influence it has had - and still has - on the game of baseball. The roughly 60-minute presentation aims to create an awareness of Pittsburgh as a hub for Negro League baseball during the first half of the 20th century, and the fact it was the only city in the country to host two Negro League teams - the Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords. Those teams were two of the most historic Negro League teams of all time and featured stars such as Josh Gibson, Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige, James Thomas "Cool Papa" Bell and Buck Leonard. 

This month, the Pittsburgh Pirates launched the "Long Live Their Legacy" program, a community relations initiative promoting the history of the Negro Leagues and its many stars. The program is a traveling presentation made available to Pittsburgh area schools and community groups throughout February as part of Black History Month. Pirates Community Outreach Coordinator Joel Gray oversees the effort. 

The "Long Live Their Legacy" initiative is designed to help educate young people in surrounding communities about Negro League baseball, its ties to Pittsburgh, and the significant influence it has had - and still has - on the game of baseball. The roughly 60-minute presentation aims to create an awareness of Pittsburgh as a hub for Negro League baseball during the first half of the 20th century, and the fact it was the only city in the country to host two Negro League teams - the Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords. Those teams were two of the most historic Negro League teams of all time and featured stars such as Josh Gibson, Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige, James Thomas "Cool Papa" Bell and Buck Leonard. 

Below is the schedule of events for the "Long Live Their Legacy" programs. All programs are closed to the public, unless noted. 

Thursday, February 7
• 9 a.m.- 10 a.m.: Pittsburgh Phillips K - 5 Elementary School  
• 2 p.m.- 3 p.m.: Westinghouse Academy  
• 4 p.m.- 5 p.m.: Carlow University
(3333 Fifth Avenue Commons 2nd Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15213) * Open to all university students and community  

Friday, February 8
• 10 a.m.- 11 a.m.: Miller African - Centered Academy
• 2 p.m.- 3 p.m.: Propel Schools - Homestead  
• 4:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.: The Pittsburgh Project  

Monday, February 11
• 9 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.: Pittsburgh Langley
• 4:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.: Manchester Academic Charter School 

Tuesday, February 12
• 8 a.m.- 10 a.m.: Sto - Rox Middle School  
• Noon- 2:30 p.m.: Sto - Rox Primary Center  
• 4 p.m.- 5 p.m.: East End United Community Center
(150 Coolspring Street Uniontown, PA 15401) * Open to the Public
 
Wednesday, February 13
• 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.: Pittsburgh Lincoln PreK - 5 School  
• 2 p.m.- 3 p.m.: Propel Schools - Montour  

Thursday, February 14
• 1:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.: Dilworth Traditional Academy  

Friday, February 15
• 9:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.: Ramsey Elementary School 
• 6 p.m.- 7 p.m.: Mon Yough CISP  

Tuesday, February 19
• 1:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.: Propel Schools - Braddock Hills  
• 4 p.m.- 5 p.m.: Josh Gibson Foundation at Pittsburgh Langley  

Wednesday, February 20
• 10 a.m.- 11 a.m.: Elm Grove Elementary School  
• 2 p.m.- 3 p.m.: Margaret Bell Miller Middle School  

Thursday, February 21
• 8:30 a.m.- 9:30 a.m.: Pittsburgh Brookline PreK - 8  
• 10:15- 11:15 a.m.: Pittsburgh Arsenal K - 5  
• 1 p.m.- 2 p.m.: Albert Gallatin Area Senior High School   

Friday, February 22
• 9:15 a.m.- 10:15 a.m.: Pittsburgh Liberty K - 5  
• 1:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.: Evergreen Elementary School  
 

On Tuesday, February 5, the Pirates began their schedule of Black History Month events with the Curt Roberts Step Up to the Plate Diversity event in the Jim Beam Left Field Lounge. Over 50 college students from diverse backgrounds joined Pirates' executives, staff, and hiring managers to discuss diversity in professional baseball and ways to break into the sports industry. The event included students from more than 10 local universities and featured a panel discussion with Pirates staff, a presentation from Major League Baseball's Diversity and Inclusion Office, and a structured networking session with Pirates' hiring managers. The event is named in honor of Roberts, the infielder who made history by becoming the first African-American to play for the Pirates in 1954. 

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Pirates sign infielder Nick Franklin to Minor League deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates today agreed to terms on a minor league contract with infielder Nick Franklin, which includes an invitation to big league camp.  
 
The 27-year-old Franklin was originally selected by Seattle in the first round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft (27th pick overall) and has appeared in 301 Major League games since making his debut in 2013. He has made 143 appearances at second base, 37 in left field, 30 at shortstop, 19 at first base, 11 in right field and one at third base during his career with the Mariners (2013-14), Rays (2014-16), Brewers (2017-18) and Angels (2017). 
 
Franklin attended 2018 spring training with Milwaukee and began the regular season with Double-A Biloxi. He made his only appearance with the Brewers on May 8 before being placed on the disabled list the following day due to a right quad strain. Aside from playing in six rehab games, Franklin spent the rest of the 2018 campaign on Milwaukee's D.L. 
 
A three-time minor league All-Star (2010, 2012, 2014), the Orlando, FL, native played in a career-high 102 big league games during his rookie season with Seattle in 2013. He also set career highs in home runs (12) and RBI (45) that season, ranking second among American League rookies in RBI and fourth in homers. 

The Pittsburgh Pirates today agreed to terms on a minor league contract with infielder Nick Franklin, which includes an invitation to big league camp.  
 
The 27-year-old Franklin was originally selected by Seattle in the first round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft (27th pick overall) and has appeared in 301 Major League games since making his debut in 2013. He has made 143 appearances at second base, 37 in left field, 30 at shortstop, 19 at first base, 11 in right field and one at third base during his career with the Mariners (2013-14), Rays (2014-16), Brewers (2017-18) and Angels (2017). 
 
Franklin attended 2018 spring training with Milwaukee and began the regular season with Double-A Biloxi. He made his only appearance with the Brewers on May 8 before being placed on the disabled list the following day due to a right quad strain. Aside from playing in six rehab games, Franklin spent the rest of the 2018 campaign on Milwaukee's D.L. 
 
A three-time minor league All-Star (2010, 2012, 2014), the Orlando, FL, native played in a career-high 102 big league games during his rookie season with Seattle in 2013. He also set career highs in home runs (12) and RBI (45) that season, ranking second among American League rookies in RBI and fourth in homers. 

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Pirates sign Francisco Liriano to Minor League deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates today agreed to terms on a minor league contract with left-handed pitcher Francisco Liriano, which includes an invitation to big league camp.  

The 35-year-old Liriano enters the 2019 season with 1752 strikeouts in his big league career; the fifth-highest total among Dominican-born pitchers in Major League history. He spent the 2018 season with Detroit after capturing a World Series title with Houston in 2017. Liriano pitched for Pittsburgh from 2013-16, going 41-36 with a 3.67 ERA and 659 strikeouts in 107 starts. He was the starter and winner in the 2013 Wild Card Game vs. Cincinnati; allowed one run over 7.0 innings while winning a 6-2 decision against Johnny Cueto.

The Pittsburgh Pirates today agreed to terms on a minor league contract with left-handed pitcher Francisco Liriano, which includes an invitation to big league camp.  

The 35-year-old Liriano enters the 2019 season with 1752 strikeouts in his big league career; the fifth-highest total among Dominican-born pitchers in Major League history. He spent the 2018 season with Detroit after capturing a World Series title with Houston in 2017. Liriano pitched for Pittsburgh from 2013-16, going 41-36 with a 3.67 ERA and 659 strikeouts in 107 starts. He was the starter and winner in the 2013 Wild Card Game vs. Cincinnati; allowed one run over 7.0 innings while winning a 6-2 decision against Johnny Cueto.

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Statement from Frank Coonelly on passing of longtime Pirate Bob Friend

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we confirm the passing of a beloved member of the Pirates family, Bob Friend, earlier this morning at the age of 88. Bob was an outstanding baseball man, and an even better person.

An exceptional pitcher, Bob pitched in 568 games over the span of 15 seasons with the Pirates. A four-time All-Star, he won a career total of 197 games and still holds the Pirates franchise record for career innings pitched (3,481), games started (477) and strikeouts (1,682).

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we confirm the passing of a beloved member of the Pirates family, Bob Friend, earlier this morning at the age of 88. Bob was an outstanding baseball man, and an even better person.

An exceptional pitcher, Bob pitched in 568 games over the span of 15 seasons with the Pirates. A four-time All-Star, he won a career total of 197 games and still holds the Pirates franchise record for career innings pitched (3,481), games started (477) and strikeouts (1,682).

Bob played a critical role in bringing the city of Pittsburgh a World Series Championship in 1960. He won 18 games that season, having posted a 3.00 earned run average and 183 strikeouts, while leading our team in games started and innings pitched.

After his retirement, Bob continued to demonstrate his passion for the Pirates organization. A permanent Pittsburgh resident, Bob was one of the founding officers of the Pirates Alumni Association and was an active board member since that time up until his passing.

Our thoughts, prayers and support go out to Bob's wife, Pat, son, Bob, and daughter, Missy, as well as the rest of the Friend family members and loved ones.

Bob was truly one of the very best to ever wear the Pirates black and gold. He will be deeply missed.

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Pirates announce signings of J.B. Shuck and Brandon Maurer

The Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to terms on Minor League contracts with pitcher Brandon Maurer and outfielder J.B. Shuck on Wednesday, which include invitations to big league camp.

Brandon Maurer (RHP) - Has gone 16-31 with 36 saves and a 5.36 ERA (371.0ip/221er) in 289 career appearances (21 starts) with Seattle (2013-14), San Diego (2015-17) and Kansas City (2017-18)…Split the 2018 campaign between Kansas City and Triple-A Omaha.

The Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to terms on Minor League contracts with pitcher Brandon Maurer and outfielder J.B. Shuck on Wednesday, which include invitations to big league camp.

Brandon Maurer (RHP) - Has gone 16-31 with 36 saves and a 5.36 ERA (371.0ip/221er) in 289 career appearances (21 starts) with Seattle (2013-14), San Diego (2015-17) and Kansas City (2017-18)…Split the 2018 campaign between Kansas City and Triple-A Omaha.

J.B. Shuck (OF) - Began the 2018 season with Triple-A New Orleans before having his contract selected by Miami on April 13….Appeared in 70 games last season with the Marlins…Has a .244 career average with 39 doubles, nine triples, eight home runs and 84 RBI in 434 games in the big leagues with Houston (2011), the Los Angeles Angels (2013-14), Cleveland (2014), Chicago White Sox (2015-16) and Miami (2018).

Additionally, the club has signed right-handed pitcher Vicente Campos to a minor league contract. Campos has gone 35-31 with a 4.00 ERA (526.0ip/234er) in his minor league career. He made a combined 12 appearances (one start) in 2018 with Triple-A Salt Lake and Double-A Mobile. He also pitched for the independent Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League in 2018.

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The Pittsburgh Pirates, Pirates Charities, Chevron and The Grable Foundation to recognize region's "All Star" teachers this season

Chevron, the Pittsburgh Pirates, Pirates Charities and The Grable Foundation are teaming up this baseball season with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, Intermediate Unit One, and Kidsburgh to recognize teachers from southwestern Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia. Teachers will have the opportunity to be nominated for their exceptional classroom efforts that have positively impacted Pre-K to 12th-grade students.

Beginning now, January 30, and running through March 1, online nominations are being accepted for the "All Star Teachers" Program at pirates.com/allstarteachers. The organizations will select 18 winning teachers who will receive a $1,000 classroom grant, a personalized Pirates jersey, and on-field recognition during a Pirates game at PNC Park this season.

"The Pirates are proud to call attention to and honor our region's terrific educators," said Frank Coonelly, Pirates President. "Our teachers go above and beyond by dedicating their lives to helping generations of children reach their potential and making a positive impact in our community. For that, they should honored and recognized and we are proud to partner with Chevron and the Grable Foundation to provide such recognition."

Teachers from Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties in Pennsylvania and Marshall and Ohio Counties in West Virginia are eligible to be nominated. Of the 18 winning teachers, six elementary, six middle school, and six high school teachers will be selected.

"This region has incredible teachers who do amazing things in and outside the classroom that so often go unnoticed," remarked Stacy Olson, president of Chevron Appalachia. "As a company committed to expanding innovative learning approaches in the classroom, Chevron is proud to partner to recognize and encourage those truly outstanding teachers who are making a difference in the lives of students."

A committee comprised of members of the contributing organizations will consider the candidates and choose the winning teachers. Each winning teacher will also be surprised in their classroom later this Spring.

"Recognizing outstanding teachers establishes a culture that rewards excellence in teaching and validates the work of the teacher," said Gregg Behr, executive director of the Grable Foundation. "It gives students a sense of pride in their teachers, displays teachers as positive role models, and encourages students to think about teaching as a career."

Nominations are open until March 1. Please visit pirates.com/allstarteachers to nominate a teacher.

Program Details:
Winning teachers will receive a "Classroom Surprise" which may include:
• A grant of $1,000
• A personalized jersey in the teacher's name
• Game tickets

Winning teachers will also be recognized:
• On field during a pre-game celebration
• On the videoboard during an in-game recognition celebration
• In the Pirates First Pitch magazine
• On Pirates social media

Chevron, the Pittsburgh Pirates, Pirates Charities and The Grable Foundation are teaming up this baseball season with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, Intermediate Unit One, and Kidsburgh to recognize teachers from southwestern Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia. Teachers will have the opportunity to be nominated for their exceptional classroom efforts that have positively impacted Pre-K to 12th-grade students.

Beginning now, January 30, and running through March 1, online nominations are being accepted for the "All Star Teachers" Program at pirates.com/allstarteachers. The organizations will select 18 winning teachers who will receive a $1,000 classroom grant, a personalized Pirates jersey, and on-field recognition during a Pirates game at PNC Park this season.

"The Pirates are proud to call attention to and honor our region's terrific educators," said Frank Coonelly, Pirates President. "Our teachers go above and beyond by dedicating their lives to helping generations of children reach their potential and making a positive impact in our community. For that, they should honored and recognized and we are proud to partner with Chevron and the Grable Foundation to provide such recognition."

Teachers from Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties in Pennsylvania and Marshall and Ohio Counties in West Virginia are eligible to be nominated. Of the 18 winning teachers, six elementary, six middle school, and six high school teachers will be selected.

"This region has incredible teachers who do amazing things in and outside the classroom that so often go unnoticed," remarked Stacy Olson, president of Chevron Appalachia. "As a company committed to expanding innovative learning approaches in the classroom, Chevron is proud to partner to recognize and encourage those truly outstanding teachers who are making a difference in the lives of students."

A committee comprised of members of the contributing organizations will consider the candidates and choose the winning teachers. Each winning teacher will also be surprised in their classroom later this Spring.

"Recognizing outstanding teachers establishes a culture that rewards excellence in teaching and validates the work of the teacher," said Gregg Behr, executive director of the Grable Foundation. "It gives students a sense of pride in their teachers, displays teachers as positive role models, and encourages students to think about teaching as a career."

Nominations are open until March 1. Please visit pirates.com/allstarteachers to nominate a teacher.

Program Details:
Winning teachers will receive a "Classroom Surprise" which may include:
• A grant of $1,000
• A personalized jersey in the teacher's name
• Game tickets

Winning teachers will also be recognized:
• On field during a pre-game celebration
• On the videoboard during an in-game recognition celebration
• In the Pirates First Pitch magazine
• On Pirates social media

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Pirates announce enrollment for 2019 baseball summer camps

Four one-week camps for boys and girls ages 5-13 to take place in 2019

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced Thursday that enrollment for the 2019 Pirates Baseball Summer Camps is now open at Pirates.com/Camps. The weeklong camps are part of a partnership between the Pirates and Headfirst Professional Sports Camps, designed to promote and enhance a passion for the game of baseball through the teaching of proper baseball fundamentals and the building of positive relationships with players from around the area.

As part of the camps, the Pirates will welcome each group to PNC Park one day each week for an all-access, full day experience. The one-week camps will take place over five days with each culminating in an exclusive opportunity to play catch on the field and receive instructions at PNC Park as well as meeting a current or former Pirates player. Pirates Baseball Summer Camps provides boys and girls between the grades of kindergarten and eighth grade the chance to build on their baseball skills while learning from experts. The program is divided into five levels with players grouped on teams to teach age-appropriate skills and offer the best level of instruction.

The camps are scheduled for four weeks throughout the 2019 summer at the following locations:

• July 15 - July 19 Fox Chapel, Shady Side Academy
• July 22 - July 26 Shadyside, The Ellis School
• July 29 - August 2 Crafton, Meyer and Middleton Park
• August 5 - August 9 McCandless, McCandless Athletic Association

Campers will not only get the chance to meet a current or former player, but also dress like the players with an official Pirates Camp uniform. Each week of camp features the following highlights:

• Four days of baseball instruction and competition in the camp's customized curriculum
• One day-long visit to PNC Park
• Full Pirates Camp uniform including hat, jersey, pants, socks & belt
• Meet & Greet with a current or former Pirates player
• Autographed photo by a current player or Pirates alumni

With Pirates Baseball Summer Camps unique and exciting opportunity, spots are expected to fill up quickly as each week is available on a first-come-first-served basis. For complete information and registration, visit Pirates.com/Camps. Parents with questions regarding the camps, please contact a member of the team at info@piratessummercamps.com or 412-386-9099. The schedule from each day runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and extended day options are available before and after camps from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced Thursday that enrollment for the 2019 Pirates Baseball Summer Camps is now open at Pirates.com/Camps. The weeklong camps are part of a partnership between the Pirates and Headfirst Professional Sports Camps, designed to promote and enhance a passion for the game of baseball through the teaching of proper baseball fundamentals and the building of positive relationships with players from around the area.

As part of the camps, the Pirates will welcome each group to PNC Park one day each week for an all-access, full day experience. The one-week camps will take place over five days with each culminating in an exclusive opportunity to play catch on the field and receive instructions at PNC Park as well as meeting a current or former Pirates player. Pirates Baseball Summer Camps provides boys and girls between the grades of kindergarten and eighth grade the chance to build on their baseball skills while learning from experts. The program is divided into five levels with players grouped on teams to teach age-appropriate skills and offer the best level of instruction.

The camps are scheduled for four weeks throughout the 2019 summer at the following locations:

• July 15 - July 19 Fox Chapel, Shady Side Academy
• July 22 - July 26 Shadyside, The Ellis School
• July 29 - August 2 Crafton, Meyer and Middleton Park
• August 5 - August 9 McCandless, McCandless Athletic Association

Campers will not only get the chance to meet a current or former player, but also dress like the players with an official Pirates Camp uniform. Each week of camp features the following highlights:

• Four days of baseball instruction and competition in the camp's customized curriculum
• One day-long visit to PNC Park
• Full Pirates Camp uniform including hat, jersey, pants, socks & belt
• Meet & Greet with a current or former Pirates player
• Autographed photo by a current player or Pirates alumni

With Pirates Baseball Summer Camps unique and exciting opportunity, spots are expected to fill up quickly as each week is available on a first-come-first-served basis. For complete information and registration, visit Pirates.com/Camps. Parents with questions regarding the camps, please contact a member of the team at info@piratessummercamps.com or 412-386-9099. The schedule from each day runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and extended day options are available before and after camps from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Pirates CARE-a-van Tour schedule set for 2019

Players and coaches to visit area events for three days leading up to PiratesFest

On Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Pirates announced the schedule for the Pirates CARE-a-van, which will take place from Wednesday, January 23 through Friday, January 25. The 2019 CARE-a-van will participate in community events over three days leading up to the 2019 PiratesFest, presented by Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh, at PNC Park.

The CARE-a-van will host nearly 30 events impacting 11 cities in the greater Pittsburgh area, including stops in Erie, PA, Altoona, PA - home of the Pirates Double-A affiliate the Altoona Curve; Morgantown, WV - home of the Pirates Single-A affiliate the West Virginia Black Bears; Youngstown, OH, and many other locations.

CARE-a-van events will include a meal delivery to all six Pittsburgh Police Zone Stations on Friday, as the CARE-a-van travelling party will be joined by Pirates executives and front office employees as they bring lunch to our city's law enforcement officers. Other CARE-a-van events will include visits to schools, Boys & Girls Clubs and several non-profit, community-based organizations.

Pirates players and prospects scheduled to take part in this year's CARE-a-van include Josh Bell, Steven Brault, J.T. Brubaker, Jung Ho Kang, Kevin Kramer, Nick Kingham, Jesus Liranzo, Jason Martin, Kevin Newman and Cole Tucker. In addition to players, Pirates coaches Heberto Andrade, Kimera Bartee, Joey Cora, Jacob Cruz, Justin Meccage, Tom Prince and Euclides Rojas will take part in the three-day event. The players and coaches will be divided into three separate traveling groups.

The annual Winter CARE-a-van is presented by the Pirates in partnership with Pirates Charities, the philanthropic arm of the organization.

Please see below information for CARE-a-van details. Most events are closed to the general public, unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
• Group 1: Steven Brault, Jung Ho Kang, Jesus Liranzo, Jason Martin, Heberto Andrade and Euclides Rojas.

  • Pittsburgh-12:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.
    - Community Day School-- The Pirates will visit the Community Day School in Squirrel Hill to host an assembly and serve lunch to kids. (6424 Forward Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15217)
  • Youngstown, OH-3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    - Boys and Girls Club of Youngstown-- The Pirates will visit students and staff at the Boys and Girls Club, serve dinner and participate in a baseball drills event. (2105 Oak Hill Avenue Youngstown, OH 44507)
  • Weirton, WV-6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    - Steel Valley Bowling Center-Players and coaches will bowl with members of the Weirton Baseball Association, a baseball and softball organization in Weirton, WV. The Weirton Baseball Association is a past Pirates Charities "Fields for Kids" grant recipient. (450 Elaine Street Weirton, WV 26062)

• Group 2: Nick Kingham, Kevin Kramer, Kevin Newman, Kimera Bartee and Tom Prince.

On Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Pirates announced the schedule for the Pirates CARE-a-van, which will take place from Wednesday, January 23 through Friday, January 25. The 2019 CARE-a-van will participate in community events over three days leading up to the 2019 PiratesFest, presented by Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh, at PNC Park.

The CARE-a-van will host nearly 30 events impacting 11 cities in the greater Pittsburgh area, including stops in Erie, PA, Altoona, PA - home of the Pirates Double-A affiliate the Altoona Curve; Morgantown, WV - home of the Pirates Single-A affiliate the West Virginia Black Bears; Youngstown, OH, and many other locations.

CARE-a-van events will include a meal delivery to all six Pittsburgh Police Zone Stations on Friday, as the CARE-a-van travelling party will be joined by Pirates executives and front office employees as they bring lunch to our city's law enforcement officers. Other CARE-a-van events will include visits to schools, Boys & Girls Clubs and several non-profit, community-based organizations.

Pirates players and prospects scheduled to take part in this year's CARE-a-van include Josh Bell, Steven Brault, J.T. Brubaker, Jung Ho Kang, Kevin Kramer, Nick Kingham, Jesus Liranzo, Jason Martin, Kevin Newman and Cole Tucker. In addition to players, Pirates coaches Heberto Andrade, Kimera Bartee, Joey Cora, Jacob Cruz, Justin Meccage, Tom Prince and Euclides Rojas will take part in the three-day event. The players and coaches will be divided into three separate traveling groups.

The annual Winter CARE-a-van is presented by the Pirates in partnership with Pirates Charities, the philanthropic arm of the organization.

Please see below information for CARE-a-van details. Most events are closed to the general public, unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
• Group 1: Steven Brault, Jung Ho Kang, Jesus Liranzo, Jason Martin, Heberto Andrade and Euclides Rojas.

  • Pittsburgh-12:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.
    - Community Day School-- The Pirates will visit the Community Day School in Squirrel Hill to host an assembly and serve lunch to kids. (6424 Forward Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15217)
  • Youngstown, OH-3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    - Boys and Girls Club of Youngstown-- The Pirates will visit students and staff at the Boys and Girls Club, serve dinner and participate in a baseball drills event. (2105 Oak Hill Avenue Youngstown, OH 44507)
  • Weirton, WV-6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    - Steel Valley Bowling Center-Players and coaches will bowl with members of the Weirton Baseball Association, a baseball and softball organization in Weirton, WV. The Weirton Baseball Association is a past Pirates Charities "Fields for Kids" grant recipient. (450 Elaine Street Weirton, WV 26062)

• Group 2: Nick Kingham, Kevin Kramer, Kevin Newman, Kimera Bartee and Tom Prince.

  • Pittsburgh-11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    - Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh-- The Pirates will take part in the J Cafe Congregate Lunch as players and coaches serve lunch, assist participants to tables, mingle, and more. (5898 Wilkins Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217)
  • Erie, Pa-3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    - 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Barber National Institute- Players and coaches will participate in a Q&A session hosted by Pirates Broadcaster Joe Block. Following the Q&A, the group will be joined by members of the Bucco Brigade and will play carnival games in the gym with the adults and children served at the Institute. (100 Barber Place, Erie, PA 16507)
    - 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.: LECOM Medical Fitness and Wellness Center- The group will host a public collection drive for Second Harvest Food Bank as players and coaches will collect non-perishable food, baby items, health and beauty aids, household supplies, and paper products. Donors will have the opportunity to meet, take photos with, and receive autographs, in addition to receiving a Pirates promotional item for their donation. (5401 Peach St, Erie, PA 16509)

• Group 3: Josh Bell, J.T. Brubaker, Cole Tucker, Jacob Cruz, Joey Cora and Justin Meccage.

  • Pittsburgh
    - 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: DePaul School for Hearing and Speech-- Players and coaches will help DePaul students learn baseball fundamentals in a safe and engaging bat and ball program called "Fun at Bat." "Fun at Bat" is a bat and ball, entry level program for kids with an emphasis on character development, functional movement, active play and fun. (6202 Alder St, Pittsburgh, PA 15206)
    - 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank-- Players and coaches will team up with the La Roche College baseball team on a food repack event, to be followed by a facility tour and meet-and-greet with employees and volunteers. (1 North Linden Street Duquesne, PA 15110)
    - 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: Pirates Community Baseball Center in Shadyside- An RBI Youth Group (ages 6-10) will receive instruction from players and coaches. Participants in the Pirates RBI Winter Workout Program will receive more specialized instruction. (6 Brownell St, Pittsburgh, PA 15232)

Thursday, January 24, 2019
• Clint Hurdle only

  • Pittsburgh - 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
    - The Children's Institute Day School-- Manager Clint Hurdle will be joined by the Pirates Pierogies to visit the school, participate in Craft Hour and distribute Pirates Charities knit caps.

• Group 1: Steven Brault, Jung Ho Kang, Jesus Liranzo, Jason Martin, Heberto Andrade and Euclides Rojas.

  • Altoona, Pa-Noon to 4:15 p.m.
    - Noon to 1:45: Project Bundle-Up-The group will assist with a winter clothing shopping event in partnership with the Salvation Army and Dick's Sporting Goods. (149 Falon Lane Altoona, PA 16602)
    - 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Juniata Gap Elementary School- The Pirates will participate in a school assembly, in partnership with the Altoona Curve, that will include a Q&A session, team building exercises and more. (3365 Juniata Gap Road Altoona, PA 16601)
    - 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.: Penn State Altoona-- Players and coaches will visit with students and pass out Chick-fil-A sandwiches and more. In addition, Pirates ticket representatives will be on hand with information regarding the 2019 University Nights. (3000 Ivyside Park Altoona, PA 16601)
  • Indiana, Pa-5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    - Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Join the Pirates CARE-a-van, in partnership with radio affiliate WCCS-AM, for a public event as players and coaches will visit IUP. There will be games and more benefiting the Teddy Bear Fund Drive. (Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, 711 Pratt Drive Indiana, PA 15705)

• Group 2: Nick Kingham, Kevin Kramer, Kevin Newman, Kimera Bartee and Tom Prince.

  • Washington, Pa-11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    - Trinity Middle School-- Players and coaches will participate in two school assemblies at Trinity Middle School for all 750 students, led by Pirates in-game host Joe Klimchak. Lunch for the students will be provided by Pirates Charities and Slice on Broadway. (50 Scenic Dr., Washington, PA 15301)
  • Morgantown, WV-1:45 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    - 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.: West Virginia University-- Players and coaches will visit with students and pass out Chick-fil-A sandwiches and more. In addition, Pirates ticket representatives will be on hand with information regarding the 2019 University Nights
    - 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: WVU Medicine Children's Hospital-- Players and coaches will visit children at the hospital and distribute Pirates Charities knit caps and Eat 'n Park Smiley Cookies. (1 Medical Center Dr., Morgantown, WV 26506)
  • Uniontown, Pa-6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    - Project Bundle-Up-- The group will participate in a winter clothes shopping event. Players and Coaches will help children shop, helping them select a warm winter coat and accessories, courtesy of Pirates Charities and Dick's Sporting Goods. Dinner will be provided by the Salvation Army. (Dick's Sporting Goods, 320 Walmart Drive, Uniontown, PA 15401)

• Group 3: Josh Bell, J.T. Brubaker, Cole Tucker, Jacob Cruz, Joey Cora and Justin Meccage.

  • Butler, Pa-11 a.m. to Noon
    - Sgt. Joseph George Kusick Community Living Center-- Pirates coaches (Cora and Meccage) will visit with veterans receiving care and distribute Pirates Charities knit caps and cupcakes. (325 New Castle Rd., Butler, PA 16001)
    - Concordia Lutheran Ministries-Pirates players and coach Jacob Cruz will visit with the 300 residents of the Cabot location of Concordia Lutheran Ministries, and will distribute Pirates Charities knit caps and cookies. (134 Marwood Rd., Cabot, PA 16023)
  • Greensburg, Pa-3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    - Passavant Memorial Homes (PMH) Children's Program- The group will join 19 children from PMH's Children's Residential Program for "Painting with a Twist"; a baseball-themed paint party. Each of the children will receive a Pirates Charities backpack filled with Pirates goodies. The children will also be treated to a catered dinner, compliments of Chick-fil-A. (1020-1 Town Square Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601)
  • Pittsburgh-6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    - The Education Partnership-Team President Frank Coonelly, players, coaches and the Pirate Parrot, will visit with guests at The Education Partnership's 10-Year Anniversary Celebration Gala, which will also serve as the Grand Opening of the Partnership's newly renovated facility. Broadcaster Joe Block will introduce the group during a brief program, and players will sign autographs and take photos with guests in attendance. (281 Corliss Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15220)

Friday, January 25, 2019
• Group 1: Steven Brault, Jung Ho Kang, Jesus Liranzo, Jason Martin, Heberto Andrade and Euclides Rojas.

  • Pittsburgh
    - 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Light of Light Rescue Mission Donation Center-- The group will participate in a service project with Light of Life's Men's Life Recovery Program. (635 Ridge Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15212)
    - 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.: First Responders Meal Delivery-As a show of appreciation for area first responders, Group 1 will bring lunch and visit with the Pittsburgh Police Training Academy, as well as Pittsburgh Police Zone 1 and Zone 2 stations.

• Group 2: Nick Kingham, Kevin Kramer, Kevin Newman, Kimera Bartee and Tom Prince.

  • Pittsburgh
    - 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Operation Troop Appreciation (OTA)-- Players and Coaches will assist OTA staff and volunteers by assembling Welcome Home kits for veterans. Kits include pots, pans, dishes, laundry supplies, towels, sheets, bathroom/cleaning items, and more. (1200 Lebanon Rd. #510, West Mifflin, PA 15122)
    - 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.: First Responders Meal Delivery-As a show of appreciation for area first responders, Group 2 will visit with the Pittsburgh Support Services, as well as Pittsburgh Police Zone 3 and Zone 6 stations.
    - 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Pittsburgh Children's Museum-- Players and coaches will host members of the Sarah Heinz House at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh to enjoy the many exhibits the museum has to offer, including the new Tapescape 3.0 installation. (10 Children's Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212)

• Group 3: Josh Bell, J.T. Brubaker, Cole Tucker, Jacob Cruz, Joey Cora and Justin Meccage.

  • Pittsburgh
    - 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Variety- The Children's Charity- In partnership with Highmark, Team President Frank Coonelly and Manager Clint Hurdle will join Group 3 to assist "Variety- The Children's Charity" in an adaptive bike presentation for children with disabilities. (PNC Park Home Plate Club)
    - 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.: First Responders Meal Delivery-As a show of appreciation for area first responders, Group 3 will bring lunch and visit with the Pittsburgh Police Zone 4 and Zone 5 stations.
    - 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.: University of Pittsburgh-- Players and coaches will visit with students and pass out Chick-fil-A sandwiches.
    - 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Youth Baseball Event-In partnership with Highmark and Allegheny Health Network, players and coaches will be on hand for a Q&A session, followed by a meet-and-greet. (Cool Springs Sports Complex, 1530 Hamilton Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15234)

In addition, on Friday, January 25, from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Team President Frank Coonelly, GM Neal Huntington and Manager Clint Hurdle will deliver lunch and visit with staff at Pittsburgh Police Headquarters. (1203 Western Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233)

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Pirates name Minor League managers, coaches & staff

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced their Minor League staff assignments for the 2019 season Friday. The announcement was made by Senior Director of Minor League Operations, Larry Broadway.

INDIANAPOLIS (AAA)
Manager: Brian Esposito
Hitting Coach: Ryan Long
Pitching Coach: Bryan Hickerson
Athletic Trainer: Dru Scott
Strength & Conditioning: Alan Burr

ALTOONA (AA)
Manager: Michael Ryan
Hitting Coach: Jon Nunnally
Pitching Coach: Joel Hanrahan
Athletic Trainer: Justin Ahrens
Strength & Conditioning: Joe Schlesinger

BRADENTON (A) 
Manager: Wyatt Toregas
Hitting Coach: Butch Wynegar  
Pitching Coach: Drew Benes
Athletic Trainer: Matt DenBleyker
Strength & Conditioning: Logan Byman

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced their Minor League staff assignments for the 2019 season Friday. The announcement was made by Senior Director of Minor League Operations, Larry Broadway.

INDIANAPOLIS (AAA)
Manager: Brian Esposito
Hitting Coach: Ryan Long
Pitching Coach: Bryan Hickerson
Athletic Trainer: Dru Scott
Strength & Conditioning: Alan Burr

ALTOONA (AA)
Manager: Michael Ryan
Hitting Coach: Jon Nunnally
Pitching Coach: Joel Hanrahan
Athletic Trainer: Justin Ahrens
Strength & Conditioning: Joe Schlesinger

BRADENTON (A) 
Manager: Wyatt Toregas
Hitting Coach: Butch Wynegar  
Pitching Coach: Drew Benes
Athletic Trainer: Matt DenBleyker
Strength & Conditioning: Logan Byman

GREENSBORO (A)
Manager: Miguel Perez
Hitting Coach: Chris Petersen
Pitching Coach: Stan Kyles
Athletic Trainer: Jorge Islas
Strength & Conditioning: Jim Seratt

WEST VIRGINIA (SHORT-A)
Manager: Drew Saylor
Hitting Coach: Jonny Tucker
Pitching Coach: Tom Filer
Athletic Trainer: Tyler Brooks
Strength & Conditioning: Mark Dixon

BRISTOL (Advanced Rookie)
Manager: Kieran Mattison
Hitting Coach: Jonathan Prieto
Pitching Coach: Eric Minshall
Athletic Trainer: Matt McNamee
Strength & Conditioning: TBA

GCL Pirates (Rookie) 
Manager: Gera Alvarez 
Hitting Coach: Kory DeHaan 
Pitching Coach: Fernando Nieve 
Athletic Trainer: Lee Slagle
Strength & Conditioning: Nick Pressley 

DSL Pirates 1 (Rookie)
Manager: Stephen Morales
Hitting Coach: Luis Borges
Pitching Coach: Randor Bierd
Athletic Trainer: Alex Mena
Strength & Conditioning: Adam Marso

DSL Pirates 2 (Rookie)
Manager: Shawn Bowman
Hitting Coach: Julio Bruno
Pitching Coach: Yorman Bazardo
Athletic Trainer: Victor Silva
Strength & Conditioning: Glenn Nutting

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Pirates charities to host 'Pittsburgh Pirates home run 5K/10K'

5K and 10K Routes to Highlight Pittsburgh's North Shore and Strip District

Pirates Charities, the official philanthropic arm of the Pittsburgh Pirates, announced today the Pittsburgh Pirates Home Run 5K/10K, presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and Allegheny Health Network, is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, 2019.

The morning event starts on Pittsburgh's North Shore, on North Shore Drive, and all participants will have the opportunity to cross the finish line on the field at PNC Park.

Pirates Charities, the official philanthropic arm of the Pittsburgh Pirates, announced today the Pittsburgh Pirates Home Run 5K/10K, presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and Allegheny Health Network, is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, 2019.

The morning event starts on Pittsburgh's North Shore, on North Shore Drive, and all participants will have the opportunity to cross the finish line on the field at PNC Park.

Fans are encouraged to begin to register now at pirates.com/HomeRun.

The race is open to fans of all ages and abilities with staggered start times beginning at 7:30 a.m. (time subject to change). Competitive runners can choose to run in the 10K or 5K individually or take part in the team challenge, where teams of four runners can compete against other teams based on average overall time. Top 10K and 5K male and female individual runners in each age group (under 15, 16-19 and 10 year age groups from 20 to 70-plus), as well as top male, female and co-ed teams, will be recognized on the field
at PNC Park prior to a Pirates home game.

Fans who do not wish to run are welcome to join in on the fun by walking the 5K route.

All participants (runners and walkers) will receive a specially designed commemorative Pittsburgh Pirates Home Run medal after they cross the finish line.

Registration for the Pittsburgh Pirates Home Run begins at $50 per person for the 10K and $35 per person for the 5K. Team registrations for the 10K are available for $200 per team of four and $140 per team of four for the 5K. Please check the home page for the complete pricing structure.

All participants are invited to the post-race party that will be held on Federal Street immediately following the event and will feature complimentary food and beverages. In addition to the commemorative medal, 10K and 5K participants will receive a Pittsburgh Pirates Home Run tech t-shirt and a ticket voucher good for one complimentary ticket to select Pirates games at PNC Park in April and May. Ticket dates are based upon availability.

Fans are encouraged to show their Pirates pride and the participant with the most festive Pirates attire will win a customized jersey and two complimentary tickets to an upcoming game at PNC Park.

In 2018, over 3,000 participants took part in the sixth annual Home Run race and raised nearly $143,000 to help support Pirates Charities' many local community and charitable initiatives.

In addition to Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and Allegheny Health Network, the other 2019 Pirates Charities Home Run sponsors to date include Alco Parking, ARAMARK, AT&T SportsNet, Giant Eagle, Dasani, 93.7 The Fan, Y108, KDKA, Star 100.7, Cellone's, Silverstar, Dunkin', Fleet Feet, Mrs. T's Pierogies, Rivendale Farms and Utz.

Complimentary parking will be available, courtesy of Alco Parking, for all participants beginning at 5 a.m. Fans should plan to arrive prior to 7 a.m. in order to guarantee a complimentary parking spot.

To register or obtain complete race details, fans can log onto pirates.com/HomeRun, or contact Jackie Hunter at 412-325-4776.

About Pirates Charities
Pirates Charities, the philanthropic arm of the Pittsburgh Pirates, is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to strengthening the community by supporting organizations and programs aimed at improving the lives
of children and adults in the Greater Pittsburgh region. Pirates Charities places a special emphasis on supporting youth programs focused on health, fitness and education by developing partnerships with those who share in our mission. In addition to helping youth, Pirates Charities provides assistance to military families and veteran and offers support to those in our community who are fighting cancer. To learn more about Pirates positive impact in the community, visit pirates.com/community.

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PiratesFest highlights for Saturday, January 26, 2019 at PNC Park

Autograph opportunities, Q&A sessions and PNC Park highlight 2019 PiratesFest

The 2019 PiratesFest, presented by Chick-fil-A, will get underway at PNC Park on Saturday, January 26 with a Season Ticket Holders only session from 9 a.m. to noon, and open to the general public from noon to 5 p.m. Fans will have the opportunity to explore the ballpark and to enjoy areas to which they may not have access in the summer.

The annual baseball carnival will have activities for the entire family featuring live events, free autograph sessions for kids 14 and under, the ability to purchase ticket packages for the 2019 season, prizes, games, the Pirate Parrot and much more.

In addition, Pirates 2019 single-game tickets will be available during PiratesFest; as fans can purchase tickets at the PNC Park Main Box Office as well as at the Pirates Sales Area on the PBC Level.

Throughout the event, Pirates players will be signing autographs in the Jim Beam Left Field Lounge for fans who secured tickets through the autograph ticket onsale at pirates.com/PiratesFest. All proceeds from the autograph sessions will benefit the City of Pittsburgh's Fraternal Order of Police "Injured Officers Fund," and the newly formed local "Public Safety Support Trust Fund."

In addition to the donations made to the above-mentioned funds, Pirates Charities is supporting the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Annual Toy Drive by collecting new, unwrapped toys for children ages 3-14 during PiratesFest. Fans are encouraged to drop their toys off or donate $10 or more and receive a pair of Pirates Charities fuzzy socks as a thank you gift.

The following is a complete list of the scheduled events.

**Note- all event times and participants are subject to change without notice.

• Pirates Autographs:
o 9:30 a.m.- 11 a.m. Corey Dickerson, Steven Brault, Bill Mazeroski
o 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Jung Ho Kang, Kyle Crick, Jordan Lyles
o 12:30 p.m.- 2 p.m. Josh Bell, Clay Holmes, Kevin Newman
o 2 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. Jameson Taillon, Nick Kingham, J.T. Brubaker
o 3:30 p.m.- 5 p.m. Starling Marte, Cole Tucker, Lonnie Chisenhall

• Jim Beam Left Field Lounge:
Located above the left field bleachers and accessible from just inside the Left Field Gate, the Jim Beam Left Field Lounge will host several great events and booths such as the general autograph sessions, Kids Autograph Sessions, ticket information and sales, 93.7 The FAN radio broadcasts and more.
o Kids FREE Autograph Sessions: Pirates players will be signing FREE autographs and meeting with kids
14 and under throughout the day.
o The FAN Radio Broadcast Area
o Bucaroos Kids Club

• Riverwalk
o Seven Springs Tiny Tots Ski and Snowboard School will be on the PNC Park Riverwalk.

• PNC Park Tunnel:
Located under the main concourse seating and accessible from the Legacy Square area of PNC Park, the tunnel is the same tunnel the Pirates players use to access the clubhouse, batting cages and more every game day. The tunnel will have a number of happenings throughout as fans will have the chance to try the Grab Bags area, visit the Pirates dugout for pics (weather permitting), hit in the Pirates batting cages, access the press conference room and more.
o Grab Bags area
o Pirates Dugout Visits (weather permitting)
o Season Ticket Holders Area in the Pirates Clubhouse
o Batting Cages
o Game-Used Memorabilia
o Pirates Alumni Autographs in the PNC Park Press Conference Room:
10-11 a.m. Bob Robertson
11a.m.- Noon Dick Groat
Noon- 1 p.m. Bill Madlock
1-2 p.m. Richie Hebner
2-3 p.m. Al Oliver
3-4 p.m. John Smiley
4- 5 p.m. Sid Bream
o "Oh Say Can You Sing" Auditions in the Pirates Green Room
Fans interested in trying out for the "Oh Say Can You Sing" competition will sing The Star Spangled Banner a cappella for a panel of judges during auditions from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The judges will pass out 2 "golden tickets" on-site throughout the day. The Pirates game day events group accepted submissions for the popular competition for two weeks leading up to PiratesFest, selecting eight finalists from the group of
online entries.

Now, the 10 fans chosen to take part in the finals will participate in the "Oh Say Can You Sing?" competition on the field (weather permitting) starting at 2 p.m. A panel of judges, including Pirates players, will select one winner to sing the Star Spangled Banner at a Pirates home game in 2019.

• Lexus Club
o Ask Pirates Coaches (Season Ticket Holders only): Pirates coaches will take questions, talk strategy
and tell some of their favorite stories during Ask the Pirates Coaches at 10 a.m.
o Ask Pirates Management (Season Ticket Holders only): Fans will have the opportunity to ask their
questions about offseason moves, the 2019 season, and more in this special Q&A with Pirates management
team Frank Coonelly, Neal Huntington and Clint Hurdle in the Press Conference Room at 11 a.m.
o Ask Pirates Pitchers: Bob Walk will host a special Q&A between Pirates fans and attending pitchers such
as Jameson Taillon, Steven Brault, J.T. Brubaker, Nick Kingham and pitching coach Ray Searage at Noon.
o Ask the Braodcasters: Joe Klimchak will host a special Q&A between Pirates fans and broadcasters Greg
Brown, Joe Block, Bob Walk and John Wehner at 1 p.m.
o Ask Pirates Management (open to all fans) at 2 p.m.
o Ask Pirates Hitters: John Wehner will host a special Q&A between Pirates fans and players such as Josh
Bell, Corey Dickerson, Kevin Kramer, Jason Martin, Erik Gonzalez and new hitting coach Rick Eckstein at 3
p.m.
o Ask a Pirate (Kids Only): Kids will have the chance to ask a Pirates player a question during this special
Kids-only Q&A with Colin Moran and Kyle Crick at 4 p.m.

• Pittsburgh Baseball Club Level:
Located on the Club Level of PNC Park, the Pittsburgh Baseball Club (PBC) is accessible from the escalators on the
main concourse near the left field rotunda and the press elevators located behind the press conference room in the
tunnel area. The PBC has three inside areas in the club and five World Series Suites accessible via the outside
hallway. The club level will host several fun interactive booths such as the Chick-fil-A "Build a Cow," AT&T
SportsNet Photo Booth, face painting, Bucs Social Media Shop and more.
PBC (Club 3000, Gunners, Keystone Corner):
o 2019 Pirates Tickets and Information
o Chick-fil-A "Build-a-Cow"
o AT&T SportsNet Photo Booth
o PNC Bank Lounge
o Pirates Charities Raffle and Garage Sale in Gunner's Lounge
o Chuck A Luck Wheel
o Parrot and Pierogies Photos
o Bucco!
o Face Painting
o Caricaturist
o Dice Roll
o Lollipop Tree
o Pirates Baseball Summer Camps
o Pirates Minor League Affiliates
o Balloon Artists

World Series Suites:
o 1903 and 1909: @Pirates Social Lounge and Virtual Reality Home Run Derby
o 1927: Guardian Protection Services
o 1960: State Farm
o 1971 and 1979: Bradenton Marauders, Bradenton CVB

Pirates Six-Packs
The Pirates 2019 Six-Pack ticket plans are on sale now at pirates.com/6Pack and will be available with the special
opportunity to purchase Opening Day as part of each plan. Prices for packages will vary as tickets are priced individually,
per seating category, and based on the dynamic pricing system so fans are encouraged to buy early to lock in the lowest
pricing. Six-Pack plans are priced as low as $20 per game and each package offers the ultimate flexibility, as fans are able
to build their own plans and select from all games throughout the 2019 season.

Bucaroos Kids Club
It is time to register the kids for the 2019 Bucaroos Kids Club, presented by Chick-fil-A, membership. The 2019 Bucaroos
Kids Club is for kids ages 14 and younger, offers special member-only benefits, is valid all year long and has two great
membership options with the Gold and Silver Membership choices. Membership information, registration and packages will
be available at PiratesFest.

Parking Information
Parking lots and garages around PNC Park will be open for parking throughout the day including the North Shore Garage
($5), West General Robinson Garage ($4) and Red Lot 6 ($7), located across from PNC Park on General Robinson.

PNC Park Concessions
PNC Park Concession stands will be open on the Pittsburgh Baseball Club Level and behind Section 135 in the left field
bleacher area. The Corner Bar will also be open, as well as the bar in the Jim Beam Left Field Lounge.

PNC Park Majestic Clubhouse Store
The PNC Park Majestic Clubhouse Store will be open throughout the day with great deals on Pirates merchandise. The store
will also be set up in the Left Field Lounge with baseballs, autograph display cases and more. Deals include:
• Spend over $75 in the Pirates Clubhouse Store and receive a free plaque while supplies last
• Discount Dugout merchandise upstairs marked up to 50% off
• New 10% discount on regular priced merchandise for Kids Club members
• PiratesFest shopping pass for season ticket holders

Pirates Group Tickets
Pirates Group Ticket Packages are now available for the 2019 season. A Pirates group outing starts at just 10 tickets, and is
the perfect way to entertain clients, promote teamwork, strengthen relationships, and boost morale while experiencing an
unforgettable event! Companies, schools, churches, associations, and teams will all enjoy special group benefits. For more
information regarding purchasing group tickets, talk with a representative at the 2019 PiratesFest, call 1-800-BUY-BUCS or
visit pirates.com/groups.

Pirates Charities Raffles
Fans are encouraged to visit the Pirates Charities booth to purchase raffle tickets for the chance to win autographed
jerseys, baseballs, bats and more from Pirates players, as well as autographed items from a number of other Major League
Baseball teams. Tickets will be on-sale at the booth and will be one for $2 or three for $5 with all proceeds benefiting
Pirates Charities. The drawing will take place on Saturday at 4 p.m. Winner need not be present.

Pirates Authentics
Pirates Authentics, along with memorabilia partner Hunt Auctions, will have all your favorite player autographed and gameused
items available for purchase at PiratesFest. This year's premium items feature Pirates game-used baseballs, gameused
bases and game-worn jerseys.

Pirates Season Ticket Plans
Full Season, Half Season, 20-game and Season Ticket plans are available for the 2019 season. Full and partial-season
ticket plans feature exclusive benefits including guaranteed seats for the biggest games, discounted ticket prices, invitations
to special events featuring Pirates players and executives, plus much more. For more information regarding purchasing a
plan and becoming a Pirates Season Ticket Holder, talk with a member representative at PiratesFest, call 1-800-BUY-BUCS
or visit pirates.com/seasontickets.

The 2019 PiratesFest, presented by Chick-fil-A, will get underway at PNC Park on Saturday, January 26 with a Season Ticket Holders only session from 9 a.m. to noon, and open to the general public from noon to 5 p.m. Fans will have the opportunity to explore the ballpark and to enjoy areas to which they may not have access in the summer.

The annual baseball carnival will have activities for the entire family featuring live events, free autograph sessions for kids 14 and under, the ability to purchase ticket packages for the 2019 season, prizes, games, the Pirate Parrot and much more.

In addition, Pirates 2019 single-game tickets will be available during PiratesFest; as fans can purchase tickets at the PNC Park Main Box Office as well as at the Pirates Sales Area on the PBC Level.

Throughout the event, Pirates players will be signing autographs in the Jim Beam Left Field Lounge for fans who secured tickets through the autograph ticket onsale at pirates.com/PiratesFest. All proceeds from the autograph sessions will benefit the City of Pittsburgh's Fraternal Order of Police "Injured Officers Fund," and the newly formed local "Public Safety Support Trust Fund."

In addition to the donations made to the above-mentioned funds, Pirates Charities is supporting the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Annual Toy Drive by collecting new, unwrapped toys for children ages 3-14 during PiratesFest. Fans are encouraged to drop their toys off or donate $10 or more and receive a pair of Pirates Charities fuzzy socks as a thank you gift.

The following is a complete list of the scheduled events.

**Note- all event times and participants are subject to change without notice.

• Pirates Autographs:
o 9:30 a.m.- 11 a.m. Corey Dickerson, Steven Brault, Bill Mazeroski
o 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Jung Ho Kang, Kyle Crick, Jordan Lyles
o 12:30 p.m.- 2 p.m. Josh Bell, Clay Holmes, Kevin Newman
o 2 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. Jameson Taillon, Nick Kingham, J.T. Brubaker
o 3:30 p.m.- 5 p.m. Starling Marte, Cole Tucker, Lonnie Chisenhall

• Jim Beam Left Field Lounge:
Located above the left field bleachers and accessible from just inside the Left Field Gate, the Jim Beam Left Field Lounge will host several great events and booths such as the general autograph sessions, Kids Autograph Sessions, ticket information and sales, 93.7 The FAN radio broadcasts and more.
o Kids FREE Autograph Sessions: Pirates players will be signing FREE autographs and meeting with kids
14 and under throughout the day.
o The FAN Radio Broadcast Area
o Bucaroos Kids Club

• Riverwalk
o Seven Springs Tiny Tots Ski and Snowboard School will be on the PNC Park Riverwalk.

• PNC Park Tunnel:
Located under the main concourse seating and accessible from the Legacy Square area of PNC Park, the tunnel is the same tunnel the Pirates players use to access the clubhouse, batting cages and more every game day. The tunnel will have a number of happenings throughout as fans will have the chance to try the Grab Bags area, visit the Pirates dugout for pics (weather permitting), hit in the Pirates batting cages, access the press conference room and more.
o Grab Bags area
o Pirates Dugout Visits (weather permitting)
o Season Ticket Holders Area in the Pirates Clubhouse
o Batting Cages
o Game-Used Memorabilia
o Pirates Alumni Autographs in the PNC Park Press Conference Room:
10-11 a.m. Bob Robertson
11a.m.- Noon Dick Groat
Noon- 1 p.m. Bill Madlock
1-2 p.m. Richie Hebner
2-3 p.m. Al Oliver
3-4 p.m. John Smiley
4- 5 p.m. Sid Bream
o "Oh Say Can You Sing" Auditions in the Pirates Green Room
Fans interested in trying out for the "Oh Say Can You Sing" competition will sing The Star Spangled Banner a cappella for a panel of judges during auditions from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The judges will pass out 2 "golden tickets" on-site throughout the day. The Pirates game day events group accepted submissions for the popular competition for two weeks leading up to PiratesFest, selecting eight finalists from the group of
online entries.

Now, the 10 fans chosen to take part in the finals will participate in the "Oh Say Can You Sing?" competition on the field (weather permitting) starting at 2 p.m. A panel of judges, including Pirates players, will select one winner to sing the Star Spangled Banner at a Pirates home game in 2019.

• Lexus Club
o Ask Pirates Coaches (Season Ticket Holders only): Pirates coaches will take questions, talk strategy
and tell some of their favorite stories during Ask the Pirates Coaches at 10 a.m.
o Ask Pirates Management (Season Ticket Holders only): Fans will have the opportunity to ask their
questions about offseason moves, the 2019 season, and more in this special Q&A with Pirates management
team Frank Coonelly, Neal Huntington and Clint Hurdle in the Press Conference Room at 11 a.m.
o Ask Pirates Pitchers: Bob Walk will host a special Q&A between Pirates fans and attending pitchers such
as Jameson Taillon, Steven Brault, J.T. Brubaker, Nick Kingham and pitching coach Ray Searage at Noon.
o Ask the Braodcasters: Joe Klimchak will host a special Q&A between Pirates fans and broadcasters Greg
Brown, Joe Block, Bob Walk and John Wehner at 1 p.m.
o Ask Pirates Management (open to all fans) at 2 p.m.
o Ask Pirates Hitters: John Wehner will host a special Q&A between Pirates fans and players such as Josh
Bell, Corey Dickerson, Kevin Kramer, Jason Martin, Erik Gonzalez and new hitting coach Rick Eckstein at 3
p.m.
o Ask a Pirate (Kids Only): Kids will have the chance to ask a Pirates player a question during this special
Kids-only Q&A with Colin Moran and Kyle Crick at 4 p.m.

• Pittsburgh Baseball Club Level:
Located on the Club Level of PNC Park, the Pittsburgh Baseball Club (PBC) is accessible from the escalators on the
main concourse near the left field rotunda and the press elevators located behind the press conference room in the
tunnel area. The PBC has three inside areas in the club and five World Series Suites accessible via the outside
hallway. The club level will host several fun interactive booths such as the Chick-fil-A "Build a Cow," AT&T
SportsNet Photo Booth, face painting, Bucs Social Media Shop and more.
PBC (Club 3000, Gunners, Keystone Corner):
o 2019 Pirates Tickets and Information
o Chick-fil-A "Build-a-Cow"
o AT&T SportsNet Photo Booth
o PNC Bank Lounge
o Pirates Charities Raffle and Garage Sale in Gunner's Lounge
o Chuck A Luck Wheel
o Parrot and Pierogies Photos
o Bucco!
o Face Painting
o Caricaturist
o Dice Roll
o Lollipop Tree
o Pirates Baseball Summer Camps
o Pirates Minor League Affiliates
o Balloon Artists

World Series Suites:
o 1903 and 1909: @Pirates Social Lounge and Virtual Reality Home Run Derby
o 1927: Guardian Protection Services
o 1960: State Farm
o 1971 and 1979: Bradenton Marauders, Bradenton CVB

Pirates Six-Packs
The Pirates 2019 Six-Pack ticket plans are on sale now at pirates.com/6Pack and will be available with the special
opportunity to purchase Opening Day as part of each plan. Prices for packages will vary as tickets are priced individually,
per seating category, and based on the dynamic pricing system so fans are encouraged to buy early to lock in the lowest
pricing. Six-Pack plans are priced as low as $20 per game and each package offers the ultimate flexibility, as fans are able
to build their own plans and select from all games throughout the 2019 season.

Bucaroos Kids Club
It is time to register the kids for the 2019 Bucaroos Kids Club, presented by Chick-fil-A, membership. The 2019 Bucaroos
Kids Club is for kids ages 14 and younger, offers special member-only benefits, is valid all year long and has two great
membership options with the Gold and Silver Membership choices. Membership information, registration and packages will
be available at PiratesFest.

Parking Information
Parking lots and garages around PNC Park will be open for parking throughout the day including the North Shore Garage
($5), West General Robinson Garage ($4) and Red Lot 6 ($7), located across from PNC Park on General Robinson.

PNC Park Concessions
PNC Park Concession stands will be open on the Pittsburgh Baseball Club Level and behind Section 135 in the left field
bleacher area. The Corner Bar will also be open, as well as the bar in the Jim Beam Left Field Lounge.

PNC Park Majestic Clubhouse Store
The PNC Park Majestic Clubhouse Store will be open throughout the day with great deals on Pirates merchandise. The store
will also be set up in the Left Field Lounge with baseballs, autograph display cases and more. Deals include:
• Spend over $75 in the Pirates Clubhouse Store and receive a free plaque while supplies last
• Discount Dugout merchandise upstairs marked up to 50% off
• New 10% discount on regular priced merchandise for Kids Club members
• PiratesFest shopping pass for season ticket holders

Pirates Group Tickets
Pirates Group Ticket Packages are now available for the 2019 season. A Pirates group outing starts at just 10 tickets, and is
the perfect way to entertain clients, promote teamwork, strengthen relationships, and boost morale while experiencing an
unforgettable event! Companies, schools, churches, associations, and teams will all enjoy special group benefits. For more
information regarding purchasing group tickets, talk with a representative at the 2019 PiratesFest, call 1-800-BUY-BUCS or
visit pirates.com/groups.

Pirates Charities Raffles
Fans are encouraged to visit the Pirates Charities booth to purchase raffle tickets for the chance to win autographed
jerseys, baseballs, bats and more from Pirates players, as well as autographed items from a number of other Major League
Baseball teams. Tickets will be on-sale at the booth and will be one for $2 or three for $5 with all proceeds benefiting
Pirates Charities. The drawing will take place on Saturday at 4 p.m. Winner need not be present.

Pirates Authentics
Pirates Authentics, along with memorabilia partner Hunt Auctions, will have all your favorite player autographed and gameused
items available for purchase at PiratesFest. This year's premium items feature Pirates game-used baseballs, gameused
bases and game-worn jerseys.

Pirates Season Ticket Plans
Full Season, Half Season, 20-game and Season Ticket plans are available for the 2019 season. Full and partial-season
ticket plans feature exclusive benefits including guaranteed seats for the biggest games, discounted ticket prices, invitations
to special events featuring Pirates players and executives, plus much more. For more information regarding purchasing a
plan and becoming a Pirates Season Ticket Holder, talk with a member representative at PiratesFest, call 1-800-BUY-BUCS
or visit pirates.com/seasontickets.

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Pirates broadcaster and World Series hero Steve Blass to retire following 60th season with Pirates

Longtime Pirates broadcaster and 1971 World Series hero Steve Blass announced Tuesday that he will retire from the broadcast booth at the conclusion of the 2019 season, his 60th season as a member of the Pirates organization.

The 2019 season will mark Blass' 34th as a Pirates color analyst, making him the longest-tenured broadcaster in franchise history, surpassing long-time play-by-play announcer Lanny Frattare (33 years, 1976-2008). Moving forward, Blass will remain involved with the Pirates organization as an alumni ambassador.

"Sixty seasons with the Pirates, one organization in one city, I am so very proud of that. It ranks right up there with anything I have ever done on the baseball field. It has been a wonderful run," said Blass. "My wife, Karen, and I felt that it was time to step away from my broadcasting duties in order to have more time to spend together and with our family and friends. I have spent many years driving by the roses, but now it is time for me to stop and smell the roses. I am very much looking forward to the 2019 season, as it will be special for me in so many ways."

The Pirates will honor Blass and his many contributions to the organization throughout the 2019 season, culminating in an on-field celebration prior to the game on Saturday, September 28, against the Cincinnati Reds.

"Steve is as synonymous with Pirates baseball as anyone in the history of our organization. Steve leaping up into the air following the final out in his second complete game victory of the 1971 World Series is one of the most iconic moments in Pirates history," said Bob Nutting, Pirates Chairman. "For 60 seasons, Steve has represented the Pirates with humility, grace, pride and passion. Words cannot express how appreciative we at the Pirates organization are for his dedication or how beloved he is and always will be."

Blass' association with the Pirates goes back to June 27, 1960, when he signed his first professional contract as a pitcher and began his playing career that summer for the Kingsport Pirates of the Appalachian League. Blass made his big league debut at 22 years of age on May 10, 1964, before joining the Pirates permanently in 1966. He went on to pitch a total of 10 seasons in the big leagues, compiling a 103-76 record, 57 complete games and 16 shutouts in 282 games (231 starts). Blass still ranks seventh on the club's all-time strikeouts list (896).

Blass was one of the game's most successful pitchers over a five-year stretch from 1968-72 after going 78-44 with 50 complete games and a 3.05 ERA, which included a career-best 19 wins in 1972.

The highlight of his playing career came during the 1971 Fall Classic against Baltimore. Blass helped lift Pittsburgh to the club's fourth World Series championship after recording two complete games and finishing second in the voting for World Series MVP behind Pirates great Roberto Clemente. He still remains the last National League pitcher to throw a complete game in Game Seven of a World Series (1971).

Beginning in 1983, Blass worked with Hall-of-Fame broadcaster Bob Prince on Pirate cable telecasts. He then officially joined the Pirates radio broadcast crew in 1986.

Longtime Pirates broadcaster and 1971 World Series hero Steve Blass announced Tuesday that he will retire from the broadcast booth at the conclusion of the 2019 season, his 60th season as a member of the Pirates organization.

The 2019 season will mark Blass' 34th as a Pirates color analyst, making him the longest-tenured broadcaster in franchise history, surpassing long-time play-by-play announcer Lanny Frattare (33 years, 1976-2008). Moving forward, Blass will remain involved with the Pirates organization as an alumni ambassador.

"Sixty seasons with the Pirates, one organization in one city, I am so very proud of that. It ranks right up there with anything I have ever done on the baseball field. It has been a wonderful run," said Blass. "My wife, Karen, and I felt that it was time to step away from my broadcasting duties in order to have more time to spend together and with our family and friends. I have spent many years driving by the roses, but now it is time for me to stop and smell the roses. I am very much looking forward to the 2019 season, as it will be special for me in so many ways."

The Pirates will honor Blass and his many contributions to the organization throughout the 2019 season, culminating in an on-field celebration prior to the game on Saturday, September 28, against the Cincinnati Reds.

"Steve is as synonymous with Pirates baseball as anyone in the history of our organization. Steve leaping up into the air following the final out in his second complete game victory of the 1971 World Series is one of the most iconic moments in Pirates history," said Bob Nutting, Pirates Chairman. "For 60 seasons, Steve has represented the Pirates with humility, grace, pride and passion. Words cannot express how appreciative we at the Pirates organization are for his dedication or how beloved he is and always will be."

Blass' association with the Pirates goes back to June 27, 1960, when he signed his first professional contract as a pitcher and began his playing career that summer for the Kingsport Pirates of the Appalachian League. Blass made his big league debut at 22 years of age on May 10, 1964, before joining the Pirates permanently in 1966. He went on to pitch a total of 10 seasons in the big leagues, compiling a 103-76 record, 57 complete games and 16 shutouts in 282 games (231 starts). Blass still ranks seventh on the club's all-time strikeouts list (896).

Blass was one of the game's most successful pitchers over a five-year stretch from 1968-72 after going 78-44 with 50 complete games and a 3.05 ERA, which included a career-best 19 wins in 1972.

The highlight of his playing career came during the 1971 Fall Classic against Baltimore. Blass helped lift Pittsburgh to the club's fourth World Series championship after recording two complete games and finishing second in the voting for World Series MVP behind Pirates great Roberto Clemente. He still remains the last National League pitcher to throw a complete game in Game Seven of a World Series (1971).

Beginning in 1983, Blass worked with Hall-of-Fame broadcaster Bob Prince on Pirate cable telecasts. He then officially joined the Pirates radio broadcast crew in 1986.

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