Pittsburgh Pirates Vs. Miami Marlins On Clemente Day 2016 In PR


To support Major League Baseball’s Roberto Clemente Day during the 2016 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates take on the Miami Marlins in a two-game series Monday, May 30 and Tuesday, May 31 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The setting for the pair of contests is historic Hiram Bithorn Stadium. The Tuesday date serves as Roberto Clemente Day across Major League Baseball per Commissioner Rob Manfred. The 2016 festivity marks the 15th annual Roberto Clemente Day. Baseball had celebrated the event on September 16th in the past.

Major League Baseball is going to disclose at that time the 30 club nominees for the 2016 Roberto Clemente Award. In 2015, Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew McCutchen became the first member of the Pirates to claim the honor since Hall of Famer Willie Stargell in 1974.

“We very much look forward to bringing 2015 Roberto Clemente Award-winner Andrew McCutchen and the rest of the 2016 Pirates to Roberto’s homeland to take on the Miami Marlins before the passionate baseball fans in Puerto Rico,” Pirates president Frank Coonelly said in a statement on the team’s website. “We greatly appreciate the efforts of Commissioner Rob Manfred, the Major League Baseball Players Association and the Marlins to make this great opportunity possible for our players and fans.”

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The journey to Clemente’s homeland is the Pirates’ first trip to Puerto Rico since the four-game series starting on Thursday, July 8th, 2004 against the Montreal Expos.

After the two match-ups in Puerto Rico, Pittsburgh and Miami come back to Florida to end their four game set Wednesday, June 1 and Thursday, June 2 at Marlins Park.

The two contests at Hiram Bithorn Stadium count in the standings as Marlins home games. They are the first regular-season games played in Puerto Rico since the New York Mets and the Marlins clashed in a three-game series there in June of 2010.

From The Clipboard: Manfred also disclosed Thursday that Opening Day 2016 has a combined seven national ESPN telecasts. There are a trio of contests slated for Sunday, April 3 with four more on Monday, April 4. The announcement came at the end of MLB’s quarterly Owners Meetings in Dallas.

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The seven match-ups consist of all 10 participants in the 2015 post-season. The fun begins for the fans of the Jolly Roger with a televised tripleheader on that Sunday with the St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park battling the Pirates at 1:05 p.m. ET.

The second game has the Toronto Blue Jays at the Tampa Bay Rays, starting at 4:05 ET on ESPN2. It concludes with a World Series rematch with the New York Mets visiting the Kansas City Royals in an exclusive ESPN “Sunday Night Baseball” national opener at 8:35 ET. Your complete lineup of Monday openers is found here at MLB.com/schedule.