The Altoona Curve and Peoples Natural Gas Field will serve as the Alternate Training Site (aka "taxi squad") for the Pittsburgh Pirates during the 2020 season. The group of players will participate in daily workouts and intrasquad scrimmages at PNG Field to remain ready for game action.
"The Pirates organization is appreciative of the long-standing relationship we have had for over two decades with the Altoona Curve. The people, proximity, along with the first-class facility, makes Peoples Natural Gas Field an ideal choice to safely host our alternate training site for the upcoming season.”
“The Curve and Pirates have shared a remarkable relationship since 1999. Being chosen as the alternate training facility really reinforces the strength of that relationship. Being 90 miles from PNC Park, Altoona is a great location to allow the Pirates to get a player to Pittsburgh, or wherever they need to get to, quickly and safely.”
*Indicated player on the Pirates' 40-man roster
Coaches: Brian Esposito, Joel Hanrahan, Jon Nunnally, Miguel Perez
August 9: The Pirates optioned RHP Nick Mears to the Alternate Training Site, recalled INF Jose Osuna and selected the LHP Brandon Waddell from the Alternate Training Site
August 8: The Pirates optioned LHP Miguel Del Pozo to the Alternate Training Site and selected the contract of RHP Nick Mears from the Alternate Training Site
August 7: Added LHP Brandon Waddell to the 60-man player pool and assigned to the Alternate Training Site
August 6: The Pirates optioned OF Guillermo Heredia and INF Jose Osuna to the Alternate Training Site
August 3: RHP Yacksel Rios recalled by Pittsburgh from the Alternate Training Site roster
August 2: RHP Tyler Bashlor acquired from New York Mets and optioned to Alternate Training Site roster; RHP Cody Ponce and LHP Sam Howard recalled from Alternate Training Site
July 28: The Pirates placed RHP Kyle Crick and RHP Clay Holmes placed on the 10-day injured list, recalled RHP Geoff Hartlieb from the Alternate Training Site and selected the contract of LHP Miguel Del Pozo from the Alternate Training Site
July 27: The Pirates activated OF Gregory Polanco from the injured list; Moved OF Jason Martin to Alternate Training Site roster
July 24: Added C Deon Stafford to the 60-man player pool and assigned to the Alternate Training Site
July 23: Pirates set 30-man Opening Day roster
Q: Can I come watch the Pirates’ workouts and intrasquad scrimmages?
A: Per MLB regulations, fans are not currently allowed inside the stadium to watch the Pirates Taxi Squad at PNG Field.