The Lehigh Valley IronPigs announced an historic agreement with uniform maker Majestic today that will give their players the same materials and styles of uniforms worn by players in the majors. Majestic is known for their innovation in materials and research and development into uniform styles to make today's players more comfortable on the field, while providing durable materials that can take the beating of a major league season.
The agreement will also allow Majestic to use the IronPigs as sort of Guinea Pigs to test new materials, which will be identical in style to the other uniforms, but will have subtle differences in materials or the cut of the uniform as they experiment with ideas to make players as comfortable as possible.
Just two years ago, Lehigh Valley introduced some new designs for Friday, Saturday and Sunday home games and those uniforms, along with the road uniforms for the team have had their logos and color schemes tweaked to coincide with the new agreement. The classic white home uniforms worn during the week will remain the same in style, but will incorporate the new Majestic fabrics worn by major league players.
The Friday night uniforms, previously all black, will now incorporate Storm Grey pants into the uniform, tying in with grey in the jersey logo.
"We didn't plan on incorporating gray into the Friday night uniforms, but as we saw the Storm Grey modeled for us and saw how it looked, we thought 'wow, that's really kind of neat,'" said IronPigs GM Kurt Landes. The IronPigs and Arizona Diamondbacks will be the only teams in either the majors or minors incorporating Majestic's Storm Grey into their uniform designs.
The Saturday jerseys have dropped the Pigs script on the front in favor of a Bacon USA logo of red, white and blue on the classic brick red jersey. The Sunday jerseys, always an ode to the classic powder blue Phillies jerseys of the '70s and '80s, have now taken on a Phillies style font from that era across the jersey.
Also new this season will be blue batting practice jerseys, which will have Pigs on the front, with the P in the current style of the Phillies font and a star dotting the I, just as on the Phillies current jerseys. Players will also don new casual t-shirt styles, shorts, training jacket and hoodies for pre-game warmups.
Majestic points out that the new jerseys incorporate a new twill fabric that makes the jerseys10 to 20-percent lighter, have a cooling air belt and mesh panel ventilation zone on the side of the jerseys and a fabric that wicks moisture away from the player's body. The jerseys and pants also have fabrics that will prevent the tucked in part of the jersey from bunching, while also helping to keep it tucked in when the player dives, slides, swings or throws.
All of the styles will be available at the Majestic Clubhouse Store at Coca-Cola Park, which the IronPigs claim is the most visited merchandise store in Minor League Baseball.