This is some deep-level “get off my lawn” talk from me right now. Major League Baseball wants to commemorate all special events with new uniforms. With that money cash grab attempt (with some proceeds going to charity), we have these new uniforms for this season. Chris Creamer from SportsLogos.net has a great recap of everything.
I’ll give my thoughts on each design individually. I don’t dig the new looks.
Well, instead of just the simple pink bats and armbands, Mother’s Day is now a full uniform event. I don’t mind the gray they are using and the pink isn’t too loud, but is this necessary? The logo is pink with the stitching and eyelets following suit. I think it’s going to look pretty terrible during the games where both teams are outfitted in pink. I don’t even think that the pink armbands and bats will go away either. It’s a nice gesture but this is too much.
The same can be said for Father’s Day. Blue everywhere instead and it just looks like overkill. The Royals don’t look that much different. The Giants and Angels will keep some of their team color for some reason. Maybe it’s Dodgers related.
The caps are pretty much like the Mother’s Day caps except for the swapping of pink for blue. Very unnecessary uniform addition.
Every now and then I don’t mind camouflage added to a team look if they brand it right. And that means that the entire team logo and base of the uniform are altered to actually look like it is camouflaged. For the most part, MLB got it right. I still am not a big fan of it but it’s good to see them honor the US Marine Corps. The Blue Jays will honor the Canadian forces with the CADPAT camouflage look.
This isn’t a bad overall design really. The entire look is designed to match the camouflage and team colors are eliminated from the look. I still am not big on an entire league going this route. But if you’re going to do something wrong, at least do it right. They did.
This is how we will celebrate America! The caps are atrocious. They look like something out of an amusement park prize for knocking down all the bottles. The jerseys on the other hand are OK. Some teams are opting to go with the alternate jersey since the team colors make it work. And for that reason alone, these aren’t too bad. I am a fan of making team uniforms RWB to match the flag and some teams, like Oakland, actually look real nice with those colors. Still, pairing it with those caps is just ugly.
The All-Star Game is in San Diego and they are paying homage to their Taco Bell era uniforms with this look for the Home Run Derby. I love it. This is a nice touch and bold move since the branding to the game is the Padres’ current colors. Nevertheless, I like the jerseys a lot. I wish they weren’t arched but it works fine for me. It’s a great way to celebrate the history of the host team (which MLB has done well recently).
The caps are a little odd with the team name entirely in the front instead of the logo. But it actually looks pretty decent matching with the uniforms. Not bad for trying to recreate something old.
The All-Star Game remains pretty simple. The players are wearing their own team uniforms with some stars and gold over the place. That is cool. The real winner is actually the caps themselves. Gold trim makes their caps look so beautiful. The brim I don’t care much for but adding gold to any identity (including star eyelets) gives this game a grand feel. And it’s the All-Star Game so it deserves such a look. (Or maybe I just think they look good because I keep looking at the A’s cap and gold works for them well.)
Overall, this may be the best thing MLB released today. It’s simple, not over the top but adds a nice element to the overall design that isn’t too shocking. Well done for something that didn’t need to happen.
I still don’t like the idea of going so over the top with all these uniforms. The All-Star Game is probably the best part of the unveil so I’ll give them props for that.
What are your thoughts on all these changes? Too much? Pretty cool?