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Garth Brooks headed to Pittsburgh Pirates’ training camp this spring

He’s got friends in low places. And it looks like Garth Brooks will be trying to hit a curveball again in a major-league training camp later this spring.

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced today that Brooks will be joining them at their spring training camp this year in Bradenton, Fla., starting later this month.

Brooks, who turned 57 last week, might not be in the peak shape that marked his career with San Diego in training camp in 1998 and 1999, the New York Mets in 2000 and Kansas City in 2004.

Brooks took an 0-for-17 collar with the Mets in 2000. He collected his only hit during his spring careers off Mike Myers in 2004 with the Royals. He also threw the javelin when competing for the Oklahoma State track team during his college.

One more chance to compete in a baseball training camp will cap his star-crossed athletic career, which likely will end before his work as a singer.

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