MLB is holding the (first annual?) Players Weekend next week, August 25-27,. Each player’s jersey will also include a patch with the name of someone who helped them reach the big leagues.
During the MLB Little League Classic on Sunday, the Pirates and Cardinals will both wear their Players Weekend uniforms, complete with player nicknames on the back. Here are uniforms each team will wear Sunday:
All of the game-worn Players Weekend baseball jerseys and equipment will be auctioned off with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation.
Several players are returning to Williamsport
Several Pirates and Cardinals players have played in Williamsport in the past. Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk played in both the 2003 and 2004 Little League World Series with his Texas team, while Cardinals righty Lance Lynn played in the 1999 Little League World Series with his team from Indiana.
Several players have ties to Williamsport without playing in the Little League World Series. Andrew McCutchen jersey suited up for the Williamsport Crosscutters after being drafted in 2005, back when they were a Pirates minor league affiliate. He hit .346 with more walks (eight) than strikeouts (six) in 13 games with Williamsport that summer. Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer started his professional career with the Crosscutters as well.
And finally, among those participating in the MLB Little League Classic on Sunday, the single biggest connection to Williamsport belongs to Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. According to MLB’s press release, he met his wife Karla while managing the now defunct Williamsport Bills franchise in 1991. This trip must be really special for him.