9 Pirates you totally forgot wore Jaromir Jagr's number

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Jake Elmore's tenure with the Pittsburgh Pirates was a rather interesting one. Acquired via trade in March 2019, he joined the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians. The White Sox had signed him as a minor-league free agent the previous offseason, and the Pirates acquired him for cash considerations in a trade just a few months later.

Elmore hit .322 with Indianapolis, which earned him an eventual promotion. When he was promoted, he wore #68. He played in just 20 total games and posted a .213 batting average. He was outrighted off the Pirates roster in October and elected to free agency. He rejoined the Pirates in the offseason, but his time was short-lived, as he was released in June 2020. Obviously, this was a year that hurt many players like Elmore, who were sticking around as Quad-A players essentially. However, when COVID impacted the baseball season, roster decisions had to be made.

Yet Elmore's story continued beyond the Pirates, as he would sign with the Phillies in 2021. In February 2022, he embraced a new role with the Philadelphia Phillies as a hitting coach for their Low-A affiliate. Today, as the Phillies' Hitting Coordinator, Elmore's perseverance and adaptability remain evident, showcasing that success in baseball often stems from embracing change and forging a new path forward.