In sports, some jersey numbers mean more than just a number. In Pittsburgh, we have number 21; most identify this number with the great, Roberto Clemente. Although not retired, it is a sacred number that will always be remembered and associated with Clemente.
Here in Pittsburgh, we have another “sanctified” number, No. 69 (Don’t say nice, don’t say nice.) The Pirates have been blessed to feature eight of sixteen No. 69s in MLB history. Below is a list of all pirates to wear the “sacred” number
Bronson Arroyo – pitched for the Pirates from 2000-2002 and had a 5.44 ERA in 187.0 innings pitched.
Wilfredo Boscan – only played six major league games in his professional career. In 2016, Boscan posted a 6.46 ERA in 15.1 innings pitched.
Eric Fryer – played in two separate stints with the Pirates. Fryer played for the Pirates from 2011 to 2012 in his first stint, then one more year in 2016 for his second stint while posting a .231 average in Pittsburgh. Fryer donned 69 in 2011.
Jordy Mercer – played for the Pirates from 2011 to 2018, and during Mercer’s seven years he averaged .256. Mercer wore number 69 during his rookie season in 2012.
John Nogowski – in addition to being Marcus Stroman’s nightmare, Nogowski was one of two hackers in 2021 to wear number 69. During his brief stint, Nogowski hit .261 in 111 at-bats.
Danny Ortiz – just like Boscan, Ortiz only played one season in the majors. Ortiz played in nine games in 2017 and averaged .083 in 12 at-bats.
Troy Stokes Jr.- 2021 was Stokes’ first year in the majors, and for a brief period he made some stunning plays. In 18 at-bats, Stokes Jr. hit a .111 batting average.
Beau Sulser- 2022- Sulser is the last Pirate to wear number 69. On Sunday April 24, the Pirates called Sulser, and he is yet to pitch a major league inning.