Colorado Rockies: A memorial for lost Rockies jerseys

By on May 15, 2022 0

A week ago we learned of’s Thomas Harding that the Rockies have removed black vest jerseys from rotation in preparation for the reveal of new Nike City Connect uniforms in the coming weeks. Now, there’s a pretty big difference of opinion on this uniform, with some celebrating the move and others lamenting the iconic look. Personally, I’ve always liked the black vests because it was a unique look for the team and the black goes really well with the purple and silver. Retirement looks are a natural part of baseball, so today I wanted to remember some of the forgotten jerseys from Rockies history.

Black Alternate (1993-1993)

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In their inaugural season in 1993, the Rockies had the classic early iterations of designs that we have today. White pinstripe home jerseys and purple piped gray road jerseys are still important and main uniforms for the team. In 1993 they included an alternate uniform which was a black singlet with purple lettering on the back. It was a clean, classic look, and I wouldn’t mind seeing it make a comeback. If the New York food can revive their black jerseys, the Rockies could definitely bring back this look to replace the vests. They didn’t wear them often and were discontinued after the 1993 season.

Most iconic moment: Mainly the fact that they were the first replacements for the Rockies and were the predecessors of the black jerseys that we have known.

Pinstripe Road Gray (2000-2012)

Colorado Rockies vs. Cleveland Indians

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In order to get on trend with a whole new century, the Rockies decided to add stripes to their road grays to synergize with the classic house stripes. It made sense since the team had been around for a little while now and a refresh made sense. Despite the functional look, he looked a bit awkward in a pinstripe uniform. Gray is already an odd color to work in baseball, and the purple stripes just didn’t look good. Still, it was the road uniform I primarily associated with the Rockies until the original purple piping uniforms were brought back in 2012 to match certain Rockies anniversaries.

Most Iconic Moment: For me personally, it’s Jason Giambi’s three home run game against the Phillies in 2011. I can’t think of those uniforms without thinking of the tanks the Giambino blew up that night.

Pinstripe Vest (2005-2012)

San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies

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We are now entering the vest category for the history of the Rockies uniform. Believe it or not, for a while the Rockies didn’t wear their purple jerseys often. Instead, they used this home alternative to shake up the classic house stripes. It evolved from an alternate jersey used in the 2002–2004 seasons which featured the “CR” logo on the front instead of the “Colorado” or “Rockies” text. They cut off the sleeves and it became a pretty solid look and a nice alternative to the usual home jerseys. There’s just something about the black undershirt sleeves combined with the white top that’s just perfect.

Most iconic moment: I have to go with CarGo’s home run for the cycle. It seems like so many pictures of a classic CarGo swing have him wearing the white pinstripe vest.

Black vest (2005-2012, 2014-2021)

NLCS: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies - Game 3

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Last but not least is the most recent jersey to bite the dust. Introduced with the white pinstripe vest, the black vest has become a universal jersey for home and on the road, a role the purple alternative has taken over over the years. Initially, the black vest featured a purple undershirt but was quickly dropped for black. Personally, I’ll be defending this purple shirt and black vest combo and always wanted it to make a comeback, but it didn’t.

The shirt was out of rotation for the 2012 season until Walt Weiss finally convinced the team to dust them off in 2014. It was something he had advocated since taking over as manager in 2013, citing the fact that he wanted to stay connected to the memory of the 2007 season and what it meant for the Rockies. The team had a good stretch after bringing him back initially and since then he was available whenever a pitcher wanted to carry him. It’s a shame it’s been discontinued at this time, as it’s such an iconic, quality look for the team. They don’t darken well enough to go with the purple.

Most iconic moment: There are so many classic moments. From the first no-hitter in team history to the legendary run through 2007 World eventsbest immortalized by Todd Helton’s shout of joy after catching up in the NLCS final against the Diamondbacks. There are a ton of memorabilia associated with black vests.

Ultimately, the Rockies will retain their classic look, but the City Connect jerseys had better be good because they have some good options that deserve a resurrection.


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At the farm

Triple-A: Sugar Land Space Cowboys 12, Albuquerque Isotopes 2

Things started well for the Isotopes and Ryan Feltner. After three scoreless innings, Sugar Land began to take off taking a 2-0 lead after the fourth. They would score three more runs in the fifth out of Felter that went five innings, allowing five runs on six hits. Julian Fernández was the hardest hit for the Isotope pitchers, giving up four runs on two hits in 2⁄3 of a sleeve. Logan Cozart put in a strong performance, throwing 1 1⁄3 scoreless innings while taking out three Space Cowboys. Scott Schebler had a pair of hits, while Ryan Vilade and DJ Peterson drove in both Isotopes runs.

Double-A: Portland Sea Dogs 5, Hartford Yard Goats 4

An inability to string together hits dropped Hartford just before the Sea Dogs in a 5-4 loss Saturday night. Mitchell Kilkenny’s struggles on the season continued after allowing four runs on four hits in just two innings of work, rising to an 8.42 ERA and suffering his fifth loss of the year. Hartford beat Portland 9-6, including four doubles and Michael Toglia’s fifth homer of the year, but that wasn’t enough to push them over the hump.

High-A: Hillsboro Hops 4, Spokane Indians 0 (Game 1)

In Game 1 of the double-header, Spokane had just two hits as they were shut out in seven innings. Joe Rock took the mound for Spokane, and although he allowed four unearned runs in the first and second innings, he lasted five innings while striking out three and walking four. Spokane’s offense came to a screeching halt, seven times on strikes.

High-A: Hillsboro Hops 2, Spokane Indians 1 (Game 2)

Coining a game from May 12, Spokane managed to score a run on three hits, but Hillsboro was able to do just enough to earn the victory. Will Ethridge pitched all six innings for Spokane, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits with six strikeouts. Offensively, Spokane had hits from Daniel Montano, Colin Simpson and a triple from Bladimir Restituyo.

Low A: Visalia Rawhide 9, Fresno Grizzlies 5

It was an uphill battle, but a five-point bottom of the fifth sank Fresno as they lost 9-5 to Visalia. Victor Juarez pitched four innings, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out five, and walked away with a 5-2 lead. Juan Mejia then came in to pitch, recording two outs while allowing four runs on two hits. Ever Moya came to stop the bleeding but ended up giving up another run to make it 7-5 in favor of Visalia. The Rawhide added a few more points to Bryce McGowan to finish the score at 9-5. Hunter Goodman hit his eighth homer of the year with Fresno, hitting three runs.

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