Pirates announces 2017 Spring Training broadcast schedule

The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced the complete broadcast schedule for the team's 2017 Spring Training Grapefruit League games. The broadcast schedule begins with the online broadcast of the team's Spring Training Opener vs. the Baltimore Orioles at 1:05 p.m. on Saturday, February 25.

Fans will have the opportunity to watch or listen on every scheduled date during the Pirates 2017 Grapefruit League season via team official broadcast partners ROOT SPORTS and SPORTSRADIO 93-7 THE FAN, the Pirates Radio Network and webcasts on pirates.com.

ROOT SPORTS will carry 12 Pirates Spring Training games this Grapefruit League season, including the final Spring Training game in Florida vs Philadelphia on Wednesday, March 29. Three Spring Training games will start with a 30-minute full Pregame and conclude with a 30-minute full Postgame show. In all, ROOT SPORTS will broadcast 10 afternoon games and two night contests.

In addition to the 12 Spring Training games, ROOT SPORTS will also air exclusive Pirates programming prior to the start of the season with new editions of Inside Pirates Baseball, with an in-depth Spring Training show and a 2017 Season Preview. Also scheduled are the popular Pirates Playbacks, a replay of a game from the Pirates 2016 season every Sunday night through March 5.

On the radio side, SPORTSRADIO 93-7 The Fan and the Pirates Radio Network will carry a total of 16 Spring Training contests, beginning with Sunday, February 26 vs the Orioles. It will also include both games in Montreal as the Pirates play the Toronto Blue Jays at the end of the official spring schedule. In addition to the broadcast schedule, the Pirates exclusive radio partner will provide complete updates throughout the entire Spring Training schedule.

All Pirates Grapefruit League games not telecast on ROOT SPORTS or broadcast on SPORTSRADIO 93-7 The Fan and the Pirates Radio Network, can be heard via webcast at pirates.com, including the Wednesday, March 8 game vs the Dominican Republic's World Baseball Classic team. Steve Blass, Greg Brown, Joe Block, Bob Walk and John Wehner will once again call the action throughout the 2017 season. Brown and Block will handle the play-by-play duties while Blass, Walk and Wehner serve as color analysts.

For the complete Pirates Spring Training broadcast schedule please click here.