The Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday unveiled their complete lineup of jerseys for the 2009 season, adding a new black alternate jersey. Other changes included the addition of sleeves to the team‚Äôs home white and road gray jerseys, which marks the first time the Club has had sleeves on its uniforms since the 2000 season. The Pirates‚Äô return to sleeves on their primary home and away uniforms is a return to the uniform style of four of the Club‚Äôs five World Championship teams.
The sleeveless white pinstripe jerseys that the Pirates wear on Sundays at home, as well as the team‚Äôs batting practice jersey, remain unchanged for 2009.
Modeling the new Pirates uniforms are,
from left, outfielder Nate McLouth, pitcher
Matt Capps, outfielder¬† Nyjer Morgan, and
second¬† baseman Freddy Sanchez (Pirates)
The new alternate jersey, which will be worn on select home and road games throughout the season, is a solid black, button-down jersey featuring the classic gold ‚ÄúP‚ÄĚ prominently displayed on the left chest. The player‚Äôs number is displayed in gold on the right lower front of the jersey, with the name and number displayed on the back. Both sleeves feature gold piping, while the right sleeve displays the Pirates ‚ÄúJolly Roger‚ÄĚ logo.
‚ÄúThis organization has a long and storied history as a championship organization. We return this year to the sleeved jersey worn by four of our five World Championship teams, including our 1971 and 1979 Championship Clubs, as part of our return to championship-caliber baseball,‚ÄĚ said Pirates President Frank Coonelly. ‚ÄúThe sleeveless jersey also has a special place in our history, having been worn by the great 1960 Championship team and for much of the Hall of Fame careers of the great Roberto Clemente and Bill Mazeroski. We will continue to honor that history by wearing a sleeveless jersey on Sundays at home.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThe new black alternate jersey is a great representation of the Pirates and our history. Like our fans, we take pride in wearing the ‚Äėblack and gold‚Äô. Some of our great early teams wore the ‚ÄėP‚Äô on the front or sleeve of the jersey,‚ÄĚ added Coonelly.
The new alternate black jersey replaces the solid red jersey which had been worn on select dates in 2007 and 2008.
The new uniforms marks the 25th uniform change for the Pirates since 1900. The most recent changes include:
- 2001 ‚Äď To coincide with the opening of PNC Park, the team re-introduced the sleeveless jersey as part of both the home and road uniform. The Pirates also become the first team ever to wear a cap with a red underbill (cap worn with the alternate home jersey only).
- 2005 ‚Äď The Pirates re-introduce pinstripes to the uniform. The alternate uniforms are worn on Sunday home games.
- 2007 ‚Äď The club introduces a red, sleeveless jersey to be worn on selected home dates.
- 2009 ‚Äď The Pirates re-introduce sleeves to their home and road jerseys and added a black alternate jersey. The sleeveless pinstriped jersey remains.
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