Taxi Squad Sendoff: Observations from Altoona’s Alternate Training Site

By Garett MansfieldAltoonaCurve.com Even without a Minor League Baseball season, over two dozen talented, up-and-comers in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization departed Peoples Natural Gas Field this week. It brings a small sense of normalcy to an abnormal year. Every year since 1999, kids in Altoona go back to school and ballplayers return home right around this … More Taxi Squad Sendoff: Observations from Altoona’s Alternate Training Site

Trading Spaces: How Altoona has been involved in Pittsburgh’s deadline deals

By Garett MansfieldAltoonaCurve.com The Major League trade deadline is just around the corner. By Friday, August 28, the Pittsburgh Pirates have already added one player via trade (RHP Austin Davis from Philadelphia) and traded a player away (OF Jarrod Dyson) leading up to the 4 p.m. deadline on August 31. Acquiring players to build a consistent … More Trading Spaces: How Altoona has been involved in Pittsburgh’s deadline deals

Is this the most talent assembled in Altoona at one time?

By Garett MansfieldAltoonaCurve.com As the summer of 2020 rolls on, Peoples Natural Gas Field remains full of top prospects. The current alternate site roster includes 15 players with Top 30 prospect status within the Pirates system by either Baseball America or MLB.com (or both). This begs the question: Is this the most talent ever assembled at … More Is this the most talent assembled in Altoona at one time?

These Curve alumni could make their MLB debut in 2020

By Garett MansfieldAltoonaCurve.com It is nearly impossible to compile a list of Curve alumni that could play their first Major League games each year. One unexpected result of the 60-man player pools for the 2020 MLB season, an official “watch list” can be built. Players within the Pirates organization are fairly easy to keep track of … More These Curve alumni could make their MLB debut in 2020

Pirates prospects at the Altoona camp

By Garett MansfieldAltoonaCurve.com The future is now. Although they are not wearing Curve uniforms, the players assigned to the Pirates alternative training site make up some of the best baseball talent ever assembled within Peoples Natural Gas Field. Since 1999, Altoona has served as a vital training ground for Pittsburgh’s next crop of talent, much like … More Pirates prospects at the Altoona camp

Pirates lock in Opening Day, Alternative Site rosters

By Garett MansfieldAltoonaCurve.com Now that the long-awaited Major League Baseball season is officially underway, the use of 30 alternative training facilities around the country are soon to be in full-swing. The Altoona Curve are one of 19 affiliated Minor League franchises to directly feed players to the Major League affiliate during the 60-game regular season. This … More Pirates lock in Opening Day, Alternative Site rosters

From the Vault: 2014 Eastern League All-Star Game

By Garett MansfieldAltoonaCurve.com Click here to view the box score Why it mattered The 2014 Eastern League All-Star Stop was the second all-star game hosted by the Altoona Curve and the most recent. A healthy crowd of 6,055 fans saw the Western Divison All-Stars down the Eastern Division All-Stars by a 5-2 score. Erie’s Steven Moya … More From the Vault: 2014 Eastern League All-Star Game

From the Vault: 2006 Eastern League All-Star Game

By Garett MansfieldAltoonaCurve.com Click here to view the box score Why it mattered The 2006 Eastern League All-Star Game was the first of two that have been hosted by Altoona. The game was broadcast on Fox Sports Pittsburgh and sort of served as a three-hour tourism commercial for Blair County Ballpark. “The culmination of everything I … More From the Vault: 2006 Eastern League All-Star Game