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 season announced Tuesday night.
“At this time the club is still finalizing plans regarding it’s alternate training site,” said a Pirates club spokesman to the Mirror in an email. “We will announce more details when they become available.”
The group of players who would be at the alternate site would not be on the Pirates’ active roster but would train together, keeping a group of players available to be sent up in the case of injury on the big league club. It would also provide a place for top prospects to have simulated game opportunities along with rehabbing players from the Pirates’ roster during a season with no minor league games.
The Mirror confirmed through a source that while the Pirates are still working on the situation, using PNG Field as the site for that activity is a top option and something they refer to as their strongest path forward.
Altoona is just less than 100 miles from Pittsburgh’s PNC Park.
When asked to comment on the report, Altoona Curve General Manager Derek Martin directed the Mirror to contact the Pirates director of media relations.