As part of this new "Pirates Community Commitment Program," each player in the organization's farm system is now required to spend at least 10 hours doing community service work each season.
"While there have been many displays of community service by Pirates players throughout the years, the importance of this program is to help our Minor League players develop a passion for connecting with the community," said Kyle Stark, the Pirates' director of player development, in a statement released by the team on Tuesday.
In order to ensure that each player is devoting the necessary time asked of them, the organization will keep documentation of all community service-related activities done by each player. That documentation will be one component of each player's file as he moves levels within the farm system.
Toward the end of the season, the Pirates will also select one player from each affiliate -- from the rookie level in Bradenton, Fla., through Triple-A Indianapolis -- and present him with a "Pirates Community Commitment Award."
The award will be given at PNC Park in conjunction with the presentation of the Roberto Clemente Award, a yearly honor that is given to one player on each Major League club who demonstrates outstanding initiative in giving back to their surrounding community.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less