In honor of an ex-college teammate, Pirates’ starting pitcher Trevor Williams will switch from number 57 to number 34 in 2018.
While the media may often times portray it otherwise there are a lot of great human beings in professional sports. One of these A+ human beings is Pittsburgh Pirates’ right-handed starting pitcher Trevor Williams.
2017 was Trevor Williams’ first full season in the Major Leagues. He completed this season while wearing number 57 on the back of his jersey. In 2018, however, the number on the back of Trevor’s jersey will change to 34.
On the surface a number change may not seem like much. Often times players switch jersey numbers for reasons such as wanting the number they wore in high school or college, or because it is their favorite number. However, for Williams, number 34 means much more.
Trevor Williams is switching to number 34 in honor of his ex-college teammate, and roommate, Cory Hahn.
Sometimes the world can really suck, which makes stories like this one even better. While wearing number 34 in Hahn’s honor is a small gesture by Trevor Williams to honor a great friend, it is a heartwarming gesture nonetheless. The world could use more people like Trevor Williams.
Trevor Williams is coming off a rookie campaign that saw him post a 3.96 ERA and a 3.91 FIP in 138 2/3 innings pitched over 25 starts. His efforts in 2017 appear to have locked up a rotation spot for Williams in 2018. Therefore, Pirate fans should see a lot of number 34 on the hill when the 2018 season rolls around.
Hopefully the number 34 will treat Trevor Williams just as well as it did the last starting pitcher with a sleeve tattoo to rock the number for the Pirates.