Pittsburgh RHP Pat Light was acquired from Minnesota last week, and needed to a borrow a glove for Tuesday's workout after his gear didn't arrive until after practice. General manager Neal Huntington spoke about Light's upside. Video by Jason Dill.
East Manatee's Ron Necciai struck out 27 batters in nine innings in a 1952 Class D Appalachian League game. It has never been done since nor was accomplished before. Necciai followed that up with 24 strikeouts in his next start. Video by Jason Dill.
Local youngsters ages 5 to 12 participated on Saturday, March 17, in the Play Ball baseball clinic at Pirate City in Bradenton, spring home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates partnered with Major League Baseball for the Grapefruit League event to provide instruction from Pirates minor league players, coaches and staff.
Guests at the fifth annual Manatee Pride Festival on Saturday, March 17, 2018, interrupted Beneva Fruitville’s performance about halfway through to give her tips and praise during a performance at Bradenton’s Riverwalk.
Elias Diaz crushes one of the five home runs belted by Pittsburgh Pirates players on Friday, March 16, 2018, at LECOM Park in Bradenton as the Bucs beat the Atlanta Braves 12-9. Spring training continues through March 31. and the final home game in Bradenton is March 26 against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Anna Maria Oyster Bar owners John and Amanda Horne have won a national award from the National Restaurant Association for a reading program. Last summer, Horne organized a “Dive Into Reading” program that aimed to increase literacy in students from local Title I schools. Each week, AMOB hosted about 25 students who worked with mentors to practice reading techniques.
Friends and family gather to mark the birthday of Chad Day. Day, an avid fisherman who plied the waters of Manatee County, died at the age of 24 in 2015. The second annual Chad Day Memorial Fishing tournament honors his memory and will be held March 23-24, 2018. Proceeds benefit the American Brain Cancer Association.