The 2020 Pittsburgh Pirates got one of their first wins of the year on Friday by releasing their new road uniforms featuring Pittsburgh script lettering across the chest.
The scripted Pittsburgh look is reminiscent of the team’s road look throughout the 90s…the last time the team won a division title for those not aware.
I absolutely love the look. I think the Pirates had one of the most crisp jerseys in the league prior to this release, but bringing back the script font only augments the steeze.
While a lot of fans dig the new jerseys, a lot of people used this as an opportunity to continue to call out the organization and their lack of spending.
One tweet called this “putting lipstick on a pig” as the team is projected to lose over 90 games this season.
While I am just as frustrated with the team’s current sub-$70 million payroll, I have to take the little wins this year while I can get them.
All signs point to the Buccos going full rebuild this year and the inevitable Marte trade would make that more clear
The primary focus of this rebuild is to beef up the farm system. Speaking of, MLB Pipeline released their Top 100 Prospects for 2020 list and the Pirates only had three names on the list.
39. Mitch Keller, RHP (ETA: 2020)
41. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B (2020)
64. Oneil Cruz, SS (2021)
As mentioned before, GM Ben Cherington’s strengths are primarily in the area of farm system development and I need to see more Pirates prospects cracking this list in the next few years.
While reloading the prospect pool is the top priority, I would like the Pirates add a few players to their meager $68M dollar payroll.
Not only would these signings help the team compete in 2020, but as I mentioned in an earlier blog, these signings could serve as a highly efficient method in retooling the Pirates farm season via midseason trades.
Two and half weeks until pitchers and catchers report…let’s see what the Pirates can do.