The MLB were planning on wearing a throwback Houston Colt 45s uniform this year to celebrate their 50th anniversary but the MLB requested the team remove the smoking handgun from below the letters. Do you think the MLB is being too sensitive or is this the right move? I for one am glad that young kids won’t be thinking about guns while wearing this throwback and playing Call of Duty.
The boys of summer are back, as pitchers and catchers report to spring training on Feb. 20 and the Atlanta Braves will have a new look for some games in 2012.
The team plans to wear cream-colored uniforms for weekend home games this season. The look is reminiscent of those worn by the Braves during their first two seasons in Atlanta (1966-67). There are four other uniform designs for the Braves.
The New York Mets will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary next year and today unveiled their 50th Anniversary patch as well as an updated uniform set… most notably without the black tones that infiltrated their set back in 1998. They will still have a black uniform that they will be using “sparingly” but all of the other uniforms will return to the classic Mets style. The patch will be worn on the left sleeve as well as on the back of the cap. Well done Mets!
The Mets have also created a #50 Fantastic jersey which they will be giving out to one fan at each of the 81 home games. No player, manager, or coach will be allowed to wear this number in 2012. Another good branding and marketing move for the club.
The Baltimore Orioles are turning to the past by bringing back an updated version of the Cartoon Bird that adorned their uniforms from the 60s-80s. While I wasn’t a big fan of the realistic bird they were using recently, I’m not sure a return to the smiling bird is the best move. Seeing the familiar cartoon bird on those tri-color hats will bring back memories of the good old days but it just isn’t all that intimidating. I’m sure they could have come up with a better version.
The uniforms are also getting a makeover. Excerpts from the Orioles press release:
“For the first time since the 1992 season, the Orioles will wear an orange jersey for select home games. Also, in honor of the 20th Anniversary of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, each of the club’s jerseys will feature a patch on the right sleeve commemorating the anniversary and the left sleeve of each uniform will feature a patch with the Maryland flag and “Baltimore Orioles” text. On the road uniforms, the “Baltimore” script on the road jerseys has been restyled, featuring a less severe angle and the removal of the tapering effect of the letters. The club’s primary logo, “Orioles” script on the team jerseys and O’s alternate cap are unchanged.” Read the entire release here.
The San Diego Padres unveiled an updated set of logos and uniforms at PETCO Park recently. The set is really a mash-up of former logos, colors, and wait for it… new piping! The organization admitted that the most recent set wasn’t going over very well with the fan-base (it sounds bigger when you add ‘base’ to the end of it) but the fans also weren’t receptive to a dramatic overhaul. So, where does that leave us… take the best of what they have done so far and get rid of the rest.
I wasn’t following baseball back then but apparently the 2012 set is a nod to the PCL days (’36-68). The home whites and road grays will have classic block lettering and the alternate blue uniform will have the interlocking “SD” logo on the chest. The team is also bringing back the Swinging Friar logo but it will be used in the updated color scheme, rather than the brown and yellow of before. Although, they did mention that the classic brown uniforms will make appearances throughout the year.
Another very cool announcement from the club is that they plan to outfit 10,000 youth baseball players from local Little League districts with Padres button-down jerseys and hats to wear in their upcoming seasons. They will have their choice of selecting one style of uniform worn from throughout the Padres history. No better way to build the fan-base than to get them while they are young. My favorite MLB teams are those that I played on as a little-leaguer.
Don’t worry about understanding the MaNOTnic reference… that is for Seven. This video was made by Majestic and does a decent job of showing you the different steps for how to make their MLB jerseys.