Pirates to shake up 2016 uniform lineup: Are yellow jerseys in the mix?
January 28, 2016 4:34 PM
Ex-Pittsburgh Pirate Dave Parker shares a laugh with 1979 teammate Don Robinson (back) in 2004. A since-deleted tweet sent Thursday from an account that appears to be run by Pirates clubhouse manager Scott Bonnett hinted at new uniforms in this style for 2016.
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An example of the Pirates' 2016 spring training jersey.
By Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Pirates will change their 2016 uniform lineup — and fans might have gotten a sneak preview.
A since-deleted tweet from a Twitter account that appears to be run by Pirates clubhouse manager Scott Bonnett included a picture of a long wall of hanging uniform tops. Included – white, black, grey, camouflage and yellow, which would represent a new top. The yellow jerseys had white and black arm bands, similar to those worn in the late 1970s.
“.@Pirates new jerseys are in for the season. Thanks Majestic. #piratesstrong,” the text accompanying the photo read. Majestic Athletic is MLB’s official uniform provider.
A Pirates spokesperson confirmed that the club is making changes to its 2016 uniform lineup. Those changes began with new spring training jerseys and caps, which all 30 teams revealed Thursday.
The Pirates will wear an all-black hat and a black top with yellow lettering and a ‘P’ on the upper left chest. The hat and right sleeve feature a patch resembling a U.S. interstate highway sign that says ‘FL,’ a reference to the Pirates’ spring training home in Bradenton, Fla. and participation in Grapefruit League games. Teams who train in Arizona have a similar patch with ‘AZ’ on their jerseys.
Pirates spring-training uniform has a lot less yellow this year. Jersey basically is their regular black alternate. pic.twitter.com/iVwaJnUQwG
Their spring-training jersey will be very similar to their regular-season black alternate uniform, with a 'P' and player number on the front. The primary differences, it appears, are a pattern on the player name and number on the back of the shirt, and on the sleeve a spring-training patch worn by all major league teams.
Last year, the Pirates' spring-training caps had a yellow logo and a yellow bill. Their uniforms were black with a thick yellow stripe under each arm and had "PIRATES" outlined in yellow across the chest.
They also introduced black matte helmets last spring, and those are expected to return.
Stephen J. Nesbitt contributed to this report. Bill Brink: firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @BrinkPG. Stephen J. Nesbitt: email@example.com and on Twitter @stephenjnesbitt.
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