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Curve to be ‘Allegheny Yinzers’ for some games

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Altoona Curve

Pittsburgh baseball fans: It might be time to add an "Allegheny Yinzers" jersey to the collection.

Tuesday, the Altoona Curve announced a rebranding project for 2019 that will see the team transform into the Allegheny Yinzers for seven games.

The team's first appearance as the Yinzers will come Saturday, April 13, then they will follow that with six more home games: May 31, June 13, June 29, July 6, July 26 and Aug. 8. The team will wear Yinzer-branded uniforms as a tribute to its Western Pennsylvania roots on those dates.

"One of the trends in Minor League Baseball over the last few years have been changing team names or rebranding for a period of time that ties into the market," said Curve General Manager Derek Martin in an official announcement. "Most teams have changed their names to food items and I wanted to be different.

"When I was watching the Steelers game the day after the tragic shooting in Pittsburgh, Bill Cowher talked on the CBS broadcast about how Pittsburgh is a tough community and everyone would come together because we are 'Yinzer Nation.' After about the tenth time that Cowher said 'Yinzer', I knew we needed to do something revolving around Yinzers."

The Yinzer uniforms will be on public display Saturday, Jan. 26, during PiratesFest.

Following the team's final appearance as the Yinzers on Aug. 8, the team will auction off the alternate jerseys, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Roberto Clemente Foundation.

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