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The Texas Rangers today unveiled the teamâs new home, road, and alternate uniforms for the 2009 season.
The changes involve both the home white and road gray jerseys and pants as well as to the blue alternate jersey and the blue batting practice top. In addition, the Rangers are introducing an alternate red home jersey and cap and new batting helmets for 2009.
The Rangers also announced that the new uniform tops will be made of a cooler mesh fabric as opposed to the more traditional double knit design. Other changes to the uniforms include the same font for the lettering on not only the front but also the backs of all jerseys and new trim and piping on all the jerseys, including fronts, backs, sleeves and pant legs. The Rangers will also go from royal blue to black belts and shoes both home and away.
A description of each of the new uniforms, as provided by the Rangers:
PRIMARY HOME: Jersey is white with red and blue piping on the sleeves. âTEXASâ in blue lettering with red, white, and black outline is on the front of the jersey. Player name and number in blue lettering with red, white, and black outline is on back of jersey. Jersey has button down front. Pants are white with red and royal blue piping down each leg.
PRIMARY ROAD: Jersey is gray with red and blue piping on sleeves. âTEXASâ in blue lettering with red, white, and black outline is one front of jersey. Player name and number in blue lettering with red, white, and black outline are on back of jersey. Pants are gray with red and royal blue piping down each leg.
HOME AND ROAD ALTERNATE BLUE JERSEY: Jersey is blue with white piping on sleeves. âTEXASâ in white and gray lettering with red and blue outline is on front of jersey. Player name and number in whiteÂ lettering with red and blue outline is on back of jersey.Â Â
HOME ALTERNATE RED JERSEY: Jersey is red with white piping on sleeves. âTEXASâ in white and gray lettering with blue outline is on front of jersey. Player name and number in white lettering with blue and gray outline is on back of jersey.
HOME AND ROAD BATTING PRACTICE JERSEY: Jersey is blue trimmed in red under each arm. âTEXASâ in silver lettering with red, blue, and gray outline is on front of jersey. Player number in white lettering with red and blue outline is on back of jersey.
CAPS: Blue cap is the same: Solid blue with white âTâ outlined in blue and red on front and red button on top. Red cap is solid red with white âTâ outlined in blue on front and blue button on top. Batting practice cap is solid blue with a red trim. It has a white âTâ outlined in blue and red on front and blue button on the top.
HOME AND ROAD BATTING HELMET: Helmet is blue and red with metallic finish. Front of helmet is blue and back of helmet is red. It has a white âTâ outlined in blue and red on front. All helmets will be vented.
BELTS AND SHOES: Black for all uniforms home and road.
This is the second time in club history that the Rangers have had a solid red jersey as the club had an alternative red top for the 1984 season. In 2009 the club is planning to wear the red jersey at home on opening day, for all three games of the first home weekend series with Kansas City, April 17-19, and for all other Saturday home games.Â Â
The red cap, which previously was the Rangersâ home cap from 1994-2000 and road cap from 1994-99, will be worn with the red alternate top at home. The teamâs regular blue cap will be worn with the white, gray, and blue tops. The blue jersey will remain an alternate top for both home and road games. The Texas flag patch will remain on the left sleeve of all game jerseys.
The Rangers new merchandise will go on sale this afternoon at the Majestic Grand Slam Shop at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and at the teamâs Dallas retail store, 2222 McKinney Ave., Suite 140. Authentic and replica white, gray, blue, and red jerseys as well as t-shirts and caps are available.
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