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Altoona Curve

Curve open season at home on May 4

The Altoona Curve, Double-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, announced the complete game schedule for the 2021 Double-A Northeast League season on Thursday for the franchise’s 23rd season, which features a slate of no fewer than six and no more than 17 games per month. The 2021 schedule ...

One-time player for Curve named as new manager

From Mirror reports The Altoona Curve on Wednesday named Miguel Perez as the new manager for the upcoming 2021 minor league season. Perez, who is the 12th manager in franchise history, will become the first former Altoona Curve player to serve as the team’s manager. He appeared in 92 ...

Sports at a glance

Ex-Pirate signs with Phillies CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Philadelphia Phillies finalized a minor league deal on Wednesday with left-handed pitcher Tony Watson, who will attend spring training as a non-roster player. Watson, a one-time Pittsburgh Pirate, was 1-0 with two saves and a 2.50 ERA ...

Ex-Curve manager hired

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Michael Ryan, the former manager of the Altoona Curve, was hired by the Chicago Cubs organization on Monday. Ryan will be the manager of the South Bend Cubs. The team will be part of the Class A Advanced (High A) Central League this season. Ryan, who was part of the ...

Minor leagues now regionally aligned

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball has reorganized its minor leagues in a 120-team regional alignment. MLB released a plan Friday for two Triple-A divisions, and three divisions each for Double-A, High-A and Low-A. Forty affiliates were dropped from 2019, the last season under the old minor ...

Players vote no to delay proposal

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Major League Baseball players rejected a proposal to delay the start of spring training and the season due to the coronavirus pandemic, vowing Monday night to report under the original schedule. MLB proposed to the players’ association on Friday that the ...

Spring training could be delayed for minors

The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Spring training could be delayed for Double-A and Class A players if major leaguers are not vaccinated for the novel coronavirus by the time big league practice is scheduled to start in mid-February. Major League Baseball, which has taken over ...

Sports at a glance

Curve masks this Friday The James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center and the Altoona Curve will give away 1,000 face masks at Peoples Natural Gas Field this Friday. The drive-through event in the PNG Field parking lot will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., or while supplies last. Visitors shall ...

MLB deals blow to heartland

(Editor’s note: This is a national commentary on MLB’s reduction of minor league franchises from 160 to 120. The Altoona Curve survived; the State College Spikes did not but will be participating in a new MLB sponsored league for draft prospects next summer.) Minor league baseball ...

Curve offered by Bucs to stay

The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Altoona Curve both released announcements Wednesday that Altoona has been extended an invitation to remain the Double-A affiliate of the Pirates. Major League Baseball is dropping the number of minor league teams directly affiliated with MLB franchises from 160 ...

Curve looking for new manager again

From Mirror reports For the second year in a row, the Altoona Curve, the Class AA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, are searching for a manager. The Pittsburgh Post Gazette on Thursday reported that Altoona needs a manager because Dave Turgeon was let go without having managed a single ...

Cherington walks a fine line as GM

As the general manager of the Boston Red Sox from 2011 to 2015, Ben Cherington had one of the largest payrolls in Major League Baseball at his disposal, and enjoyed a great deal of latitude if he made a mistake in a player transaction. Now in his first season as the general manager of the ...

Future Pirates try to keep busy while learning, waiting

On deck Tonight: Pittsburgh at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m. Pitchers: Pirates LHP Steven Brault (0-0) vs. White Sox RHP Lucas Giolito (2-2) TV: AT&T SportsNet Many Altoona residents have driven slowly by PNG Field or even stopped and peered into the gate to try and catch a glimpse of ...

MiLB officially cancels Curve season

From Mirror, wire reports What baseball and Altoona Curve fans have probably known for the last few months became official on Tuesday — the 2020 Minor League Baseball season was canceled. The decision was reached after a meeting on Tuesday involving MiLB’s board of trustees, which ...

Young, future Pirates to train at PNG Field

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Altoona Curve have reached an agreement to have Altoona’s Peoples Natural Gas Field serve as the Pirates’ alternate training facility during the 2020 Major League Baseball season. “It says a lot about the relationship the Altoona Curve has with the Pittsburgh ...

Pirates’ taxi squad to train in Altoona

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Altoona Curve have reached an agreement to have Altoona’s Peoples Natural Gas Field serve as the Pirates’ alternate training facility during the 2020 Major League Baseball season. “It says a lot about the relationship the Altoona Curve has with the Pittsburgh ...

MLB season to open on July 23/24

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Major League Baseball issued a 60-game schedule Tuesday night that will start July 23 or 24 in empty ballparks as the sport tries to push ahead amid the coronavirus following months of acrimony. A dramatically altered season with games full of new rules was ...

Curve ballpark may host future Pirates

From Mirror reports A report surfaced Tuesday morning from The Athletic's Rob Biertempfel that the Pittsburgh Pirates were considering using Altoona's PNG Field as a workout site for a squad of their top minor league players who could be called up to join the Pirates throughout the 60-game ...

Commish ordering 60-game schedule

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Major League Baseball plans to unilaterally issue a 60-game schedule for its shortest season since 1878 after the players’ association rejected a negotiated deal of the same length, putting the sport on track for a combative and possibly unhappy return to ...

MLB could be returning soon

The Associated Press NEW YORK — After days of angry exchanges over money between Major League Baseball and the players’ association, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred started to doubt whether there would be a 2020 season and said as much on national television. He then called union head ...