Pittsburgh Pirates street party set at Lakewood Ranch

Lakewood Ranch is throwing a party for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ new Bradenton Florida State League team 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15. The party will be held at Lakewood Ranch Main Street.

The Pirates organization is expected to announce the name and logo of the new Minor League franchise team on Tuesday.

Among the major and minor league players to sign autographs and greet the community will be Lakewood Ranch High School graduate Lastings Milledge, who now plays for the major league Pirates team.

Milledge is a Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder who graduated from Lakewood Ranch High School in 2003 after leading his team to the state 5A title his senior year.

Baseball players from Lakewood Ranch High and others from the school will welcome the former graduate and his teammates.

Pirates President Frank Coonelly will introduce the players and Schroeder-Manatee Ranch CEO Rex Jensen will make an announcement about the new Bradenton-based minor league team.

Season tickets for spring training and the FSL season will also be on sale.