The Pittsburgh Pirates today unveiled their new grey road and black road alternate uniforms for the upcoming 2020 season. Both uniforms feature the same retro-inspired scripted “Pittsburgh” wordmark across the front of the jersey, both are black with gold trim.
Pittsburgh had previously worn this style of script across their road jerseys for eleven seasons starting in 1990, through three straight NL East Division championships, before dropping them following the 2000 season.
Here’s the official unveiling video straight from the Pittsburgh Pirates:
The new alternate uniform, which is specifically classified as an “alternate road”, has been added at the expense of the retro throwback 1970s uniforms which had been worn for each Sunday home game the last few seasons (yes, the ones with the pillbox-style caps). It appears those uniforms are no longer part of the usual Pirates rotation, though it’s entirely possible the team brings them back a handful of times as part of regular “Turn Back the Clock” promotions.
With the new alternate road uniform comes a new cap as well, perhaps not quite clear in the video or photos released, the cap is similar to the other alternate cap the team wears — this one has an extra gold outline outside the “P” rather than a white one. The cap with the white outline remains to be worn with that other black jersey the Pirates wear.
The new road uniform features the same striping at the sleeves and around the collar as what was worn last year except with that new Pittsburgh wordmark across the front. Yesterday it was rumoured that the shade of grey on the uniform would be darker but it appears to be unchanged.
TLDR: The Pirates have a new road jersey and a new road alternate jersey. Their retro Sunday throwbacks are no longer officially an “alternate” uniform. The home white, alternate black (with the “P” on the chest), and the camouflage uniforms are all back in 2020 without any changes.