'We Have A Good Team' Shelton Is Excited For Pirates Baseball

The Pirates manager says no players have tested positive for coronavirus yet

Joe Kapp
June 24, 2020 - 2:54 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Play Ball!!! That is what we have been waiting a long time to hear and in just month we will see it. Major League Baseball will have a 60 game season in 66 days that will begin on July 23 or 24.

As part of the deal players are supposed to report for the start of spring training next Wednesday July 1.

Pittsburgh Pirates Manager Derek Shelton told the Cook and Joe Show on Wednesday that he expects all of his players to be here ready for camp.

Shelton says that there are seven players already in Pittsburgh and that the rest of the team will be arriving in the next 3-4 days.

He expects the first few days of camp will be just getting eyes on his players to see where they are and to evaluate them but he is excited to have his guys ready to return to PNC Park to begin workouts and start to gear up for playing games.

Shelton says that no Pirates player both in Pittsburgh or in the facilities in Florida have tested positive for COVID-19, although they are still waiting some results on tests.

He know this will be a challenge to work around the guidelines and have his players get adjusted but is happy to have that chance.

As for the chances of his team...most of the national experts are not giving his guys much of a chance to win but that doesn't mean anything to him. He says he only cares about the players and coaches that will be in his locker room and he likes what he is seeing. 

"I think we have a good team," Shelton told Cook and Joe. "A good young core."

Shelton says the season being on 60 games is a sprint rather than a marathon and will make him be more aggressive in the way he will manage the team.

You can hear the full interview including his options on a DH by clicking the link below​:

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