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Bradenton Marauders to Open 10th Season April 4th vs. the St. Lucie Mets

(Bradenton, FL) The Bradenton Marauders will open the 10th season in franchise history beginning Thursday, April 4th against the Pt. St. Lucie Mets on the road. The team’s home opener in Bradenton is Saturday, April 6 also against the St. Lucie Mets, with gates opening at 5:00 p.m. and the first pitch of the season at 6:30 p.m.

Opening Night features the ZOOperstars troupe of inflatable entertainers who will take the field between innings. Each of the first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a Marauders in the Majors Deck of Playing cards. After the game there will be a fireworks show from Zambelli Fireworks. Each Saturday game will also feature Baseball Bingo.

During the game, a used baseball equipment sale will be held inside the ballpark. Equipment used by Pirates players during Spring Training at Pirate City and LECOM Park will be available for sale. Proceeds will benefit Pirates Charities.

Marauders fans have their first chance to meet the Marauders at LECOM Park on April 2. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be attended by every player and the coaching staff. A formal announcement of the roster will take place at approximately 6:45 p.m., followed by an autograph session on the field. There is no charge to enter the event.

Sunday, April 7 features the first Kids Fun Run of the season. After the game all fans 12 and younger can take part in a fun run around the bases. The game begins at 1:00 with gates opening at noon. Sunday games at LECOM Park will include “kids concessions stands” focused on providing food options for younger fans, as well as opportunities to spin the prize wheel and win Marauders prizes.

The LECOM Park ticket office opens for the season on Tuesday, April 2. It will be open on Tuesday-Friday non-gamedays from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. On gamedays the box office will be open on weekdays from 10:00 a.m. until the end of the game and on weekends from two hours before first pitch until the end of the game. The box office will open two hours prior to any 10:30 a.m. games.

For more information about the Bradenton Marauders visit www.BradentonMarauders.com





Pittsburgh Pirates To Host 2 Job Fairs in Bradenton For Spring Training Staff

(Bradenton, FL) The Pittsburgh Pirates will hold two job fairs at LECOM Park to hire seasonal staff for Pirates Spring Training and the Bradenton Marauders’ season. Game day staff and concessions positions are available. Interviews will be conducted on the spot at both hiring events.

The first hiring event will be held on Thursday, January 10 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. The second will be will be held from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15. LECOM Park is located at 1611 9th Street West in Bradenton. Parking will be available in the gated lot located along 17th Avenue West.

All positions for Pirates Spring Training and the Bradenton Marauders season are posted online at Careers.Pirates.com. Prospective employees who cannot attend the hiring events can apply online for consideration.

The Pirates will play a 15-game home schedule at LECOM Park this spring, beginning with a matchup against the Miami Marlins on Sunday, February 24. Season tickets and group tickets are available now by calling 941-747-3031. Single game tickets go on sale Saturday, January 19 at 10:00 a.m. at the LECOM Park box office, by phone (1-877-893-2827), and online through www.Pirates.com.

The Bradenton Marauders play a 71-game home schedule beginning on Saturday, April 6 and running through Labor Day. 2019 is the 10th season of Marauders baseball in Bradenton.

For more information about employment with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Bradenton Marauders, please call 941-747-3031, visit www.bradentonmarauders.com, or email MaraudersInfo@Pirates.com.





Pittsburgh Pirates to Hold National Anthem Auditions in Bradenton January 12

(Bradenton, FL) The Pittsburgh Pirates will hold National Anthem auditions on Saturday, January 12 from 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at LECOM Park. Auditions are open to anyone interested in singing The Star Spangled Banner prior to a Pirates Spring Training game in 2019. Prospective singers must feel comfortable performing in front of audiences of 7,000 people or more.

Auditions will be conducted a cappella and must be no longer than two minutes in length. There is no pre-registration for auditions. Prospective singers will perform in the order they sign up on the day of auditions. Registration will close at 11:30 a.m.. National Anthem auditions will be conducted for vocalists only.

Pirates employees will supervise the auditions and determine which performers to invite to fill open spots in the Spring Training schedule. Contestants that wish to sing the Canadian National Anthem before the Pirates game against Toronto on February 27 or March 8 are welcome to audition singing O Canada as well. Participants that audition but are not selected to perform will have their information kept on file for potential anthem openings during the Bradenton Marauders season. The Marauders are preparing for the 10th season in franchise history, which runs from April 6 until Labor Day.

The Pirates will play a 15-game home schedule at LECOM Park this spring, beginning with a matchup against the Miami Marlins on Sunday, February 24.

For more information about Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training or National Anthem auditions, please call 941-747-3031, visit www.bradentonmarauders.com or email MaraudersInfo@Pirates.com.





Pittsburgh Pirates Announce 2019 Bradenton, FL 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. Click here for details.





Baltimore Orioles Pittsburgh Pirates spring training report 3/10/18

Don Henderson and Doug Miles recap the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates in Sarasota, Florida spring training.

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Baltimore Orioles Announce 2017 Grapefruit League Opening Day Schedule

(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles have announced plans for Opening Day of the 2017 Spring Training season on Sunday, February 26, when the Orioles host the Pittsburgh Pirates at 1:05 p.m. at Ed Smith Stadium. All fans in attendance will receive a 2017 Spring Training schedule magnet. Additionally, the first 1,000 female fans in attendance will receive a Birds of Paradise flower.

Athletic Director of Sarasota County Middle Schools Bethany King will throw out the ceremonial first pitch, while Sarasota Middle School seventh-grade student Michelle DiPuma will perform the national anthem before the game and “God Bless America” prior to the seventh-inning stretch. DiPuma participated in the Orioles Health & Fitness Challenge, a curriculum for Sarasota County middle schools that promotes healthy lifestyles. The Sarasota Military Academy Cadet Color Guard will present the colors before the game.

During pre-game ceremonies, each club’s manager and starters will be introduced and recognized along the first and third base foul lines. Reserve players and uniformed personnel will join the starters along both foul lines. Additionally, students from each participating school in the Orioles Health & Fitness Challenge will be introduced along with the Orioles starters and stand with them for the national anthem.

Throughout the season, ballpark gates will open two hours prior to the scheduled first pitch. Season plan holders will be able to access the ballpark 15 minutes early through a dedicated entrance at the Home Plate Gate for all 17 home games, including Opening Day.

BALLPARK POLICIES

The Orioles have one of the most fan-friendly food policies in professional sports. Outside food and beverages may be brought into Ed Smith Stadium, subject to the following guidelines:

Soft-sided and paper bags are permitted at Ed Smith Stadium, as long as they fit into a 16” x 16” x 8” container. Hard-sided coolers, thermoses, glass bottles, cans, or alcoholic beverages are not permitted into the ballpark.

Non-alcoholic beverages in plastic bottles are permitted into the park. All items will be checked at the gates and any beverage that has been opened or partially consumed prior to entry is subject to confiscation if it is thought to contain alcohol. Additionally, no plastic or paper cups of beverages are permitted into the park at the entry gates.

All items permitted into the ballpark will be inspected. No bags or items exceeding the maximum size of 16” x 16” x 8” are allowed into the ballpark.

No containers or unauthorized items can be left at any park entrance.

New in 2017, as part of Major League Baseball’s league-wide initiative, metal detectors will be installed at Ed Smith Stadium. The initiative is in place to standardize security procedures at each Major League ballpark. Upon entering Ed Smith Stadium, fans will need to remove their cell phone, keys, and all large metal objects from their pockets before walking through the metal detector. Items can be retrieved immediately after entering. Fans are advised to allow themselves plenty of time for entry.

No re-entry will be permitted once a fan has entered the ballpark gates. Vehicles transporting guests with special needs or disabilities are permitted to utilize the East Lot for this purpose. No vehicles are permitted to park curbside, nor are people able to stand and wait with vehicles.

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Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training Stadium McKechnie Field to be Re-named LECOM Park

(Bradenton, FL) The Pittsburgh Pirates and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) today announced a naming-rights
agreement for the Club’s spring training ballpark in Bradenton, FL. As part of a 15-year naming rights agreement,
the former McKechnie Field is now LECOM Park.

Click here to view the press release from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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Pittsburgh Pirates to Hold National Anthem Auditions for Spring Training Games

(Bradenton, FL) The Pittsburgh Pirates will hold National Anthem auditions on Sunday, January 29 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, FL. Auditions are open to anyone interested in singing The Star Spangled Banner prior to a Pirates Spring Training game. Prospective singers must feel comfortable performing in front of audiences of 7,000 people or more.

Auditions will be conducted a cappella and must be no longer than two minutes in length. There is no pre-registration for auditions. Prospective singers will perform in the order they sign up on the day of auditions. Registration will close at noon. National Anthem auditions will be conducted for vocalists only; instrumental renditions will not be accepted.

Pirates employees will supervise the auditions and determine which performers to invite to fill open spots in the Spring Training schedule. Contestants that wish to sing the Canadian National Anthem before the Pirates game against Toronto on Sunday, March 19 or the national anthem of the Dominican Republic for the game on Wednesday, March 8 are welcome to audition with one of those selections. Participants that audition but are not selected to perform will have their information kept on file for potential anthem openings during the Bradenton Marauders season.

The Pirates will play an 18-game home schedule at McKechnie Field this spring, beginning with a matchup against the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday, February 25.

For more information about Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training or National Anthem auditions, please call 941-747-3031, visit www.bradentonmarauders.com, or email MaraudersInfo@Pirates.com.

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Pittsburgh Pirates National Anthem Auditions Scheduled for Saturday, January 30

(Bradenton, FL) The Pittsburgh Pirates will hold National Anthem auditions on Saturday, January 30 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at McKechnie Field. Auditions are open to anyone interested in singing The Star Spangled Banner prior to a Pirates Spring Training game. Prospective singers must feel comfortable performing in front of audiences of 7,000 people or more.

Auditions will be conducted a cappella and must be no longer than two minutes in length. There is no pre-registration for auditions. Prospective singers will perform in the order they sign up on the day of auditions. Registration will close at noon. National Anthem auditions will be conducted for vocalists only; instrumental renditions will not be accepted.

Pirates employees will supervise the auditions and determine which performers to invite to fill open spots in the Spring Training schedule. Contestants that wish to sing the Canadian National Anthem before the Pirates games against Toronto on Thursday, March 3 are welcome to audition using that selection. Participants that audition but are not selected to perform will have their information kept on file for potential anthem openings during the Bradenton Marauders season.

The Pirates will play a 16-game home schedule at McKechnie Field this spring, beginning with the Black and Gold intrasquad game on Monday, February 29.

For more information about Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training or National Anthem auditions, please call 941-747-3031, visit www.bradentonmarauders.com, or email MaraudersInfo@Pirates.com.

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Bradenton Marauders Announce Manager and Coaches For 2016 Season

(Bradenton, FL) The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced their minor league managerial and coaching assignments for the 2016 season. The announcement was made by Larry Broadway, Pirates Director of Minor League Operations.

Michael Ryan will manage the Bradenton Marauders in the team’s seventh season. Ryan, the fifth manager in franchise history, is returning for his second season at the helm in Bradenton. Last year the Marauders finished 74-64 overall. This is Ryan’s fourth season as a manager in the Pirates organization. He managed Low-A West Virginia in 2013 and 2014. Ryan joined the Pirates organization in 2012 as a player coach with the Altoona Curve. His career record is 210-203 over the previous three seasons. Ryan played in the Major Leagues for parts of five seasons with the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Michael Ryan
Michael Ryan

Jeff Johnson joins the Marauders as pitching coach for 2016. Johnson is in his ninth season with the Pirates organization. His prior coaching stops include stints with Low-A West Virginia (2009-2011, 2013-2014), Double-A Altoona (2012), and most recently Class-A Short Season Bristol. Johnson pitched in the Majors for three seasons with the New York Yankees.

Jeff Johnson
Jeff Johnson

Keoni De Renne will be the Marauders hitting coach. De Renne is in his fifth season with the Pirates organization. He spent the last two seasons as the hitting coach at Low-A West Virginia. His playing career as an infielder spanned 2000-2010, including five organizations and more than 1,000 games played.

Keoni De Renne
Keoni De Renne

Ryan, Johnson, and De Renne all played in the Florida State League during their minor league careers. Coming up in the Twins organization, Ryan spent the 1999 season with the Fort Myers Miracle. Johnson started 17 games in 1990 with the Fort Lauderdale Yankees. De Renne had a short stint with the Clearwater Threshers during the final season of his playing career in 2010.

The first Marauders game at McKechnie Field in 2016 is on Saturday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m.

For more information about the Bradenton Marauders, visit www.BradentonMarauders.com.
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