Pirates Players Talk about 2019 Schedule

Cold weather will not be an issue next season for the Bucs

Noah Hiles
August 22, 2018 - 8:51 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Earlier today MLB released the 2019 regular season schedule for all 30 teams. After having nearly 30 games postponed to due poor weather in the opening month of 2018, many began to wonder if the league would make any changes in hopes of avoiding similar issues next year.

Despite both players and fans being vocal about their frustrations from the amount of cold weather games in April, it looks as if nothing will be different in 2019; especially for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Once again, the Pirates will open their season on the road in a cold climate city in the final week of March as they are scheduled to play the Cincinnati Reds on the 28th, 30th and 31st before returning back to Pittsburgh to take on the St. Louis Cardinals in their home opener on Monday, April 1st.

Trips to Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Detroit will then follow the Bucs’ opening homestand. After returning home to take on the San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks from April 19th through April 25th, they will finally play their first regular season game in a warm area on April 26th when they head out west to take on the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Though it would make sense for players to be displeased, a few Pirates have spoken out, saying that the cold weather isn’t something they will be worried about going into 2019.

“I feel like most of the guys on this team have gotten used to playing in the cold a little bit”, said starting pitcher Joe Musgrove. “We are not the only ones who have to do it; the other team has to play too. We might have a little bit of an advantage having this be our hometown and having to deal with snow for the first month and a half.”

Musgrove, who was on the disabled list for the opening month in 2018 was fortunate enough to miss out in a majority of the Pirates’ cold weather games this season. However, he was clear that he will be prepared to take the mound and compete regardless of the climate in 2019.

One player who certainly knows how to play through tough weather is Josh Bell, who played in every single game for the Bucs as either a starter or a late inning substitution until getting his first full day off in mid-June. For Bell, the focus in 2019 will be on winning rather than the weather.

We all know what to expect,” said Bell. “We have been here before. You just have to stay warm the best that you can and do what we can to scratch off wins early in the season.”