We have our first event for Spring Training 2013: the Altoona Curve (Class AA; Eastern League) will host parent Pittsburgh Pirates in an exhibition match.
The 2013 exhibition will mark the second time the Pirates have played in Altoona and the first since 2000. The Major League club played the Curve at Blair County Ballpark on May 15, 2000 before 7,346 fans. Pittsburgh’s Double-A farm club since their inception in 1999, the Curve are the longest-running, current affiliate of the Pirates (14 seasons).
“We enjoy an outstanding affiliation with the Curve,” said Pirates’ President Frank Coonelly. “Our team gets terrific support from the franchise and its fans and the facility is one of the finest in minor league baseball. We’re pleased to bring our Major League club to Altoona next spring for an exhibition game that Pirates and Curve fans will remember for a long time to come.”
An official date for the game is not yet scheduled, but it will take place before the regular season for both the Pirates and Curve. Once the opening days of the 2013 Major League and Eastern League schedules are determined later this summer, the Pirates and Curve will finalize the date and time of their exhibition.
“This will be the perfect beginning to our 15th year of Curve Baseball,” said Curve Owner Bob Lozinak. “We’re thrilled to be able to welcome the Pirates back to Altoona for what’s sure to be a great event for baseball fans throughout our region. It’s even better that so many of our former players will be back as members of the Major League club for this game.”
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