I applaud the Rays and Tigers for their throwback/fauxback game effort

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Here are photos from last night’s throwback game between the Detroit Tigers and Tampa Bay Rays.

This isn’t really a throwback game. The Tigers were in the right attire but the Rays wore their theoretical fauxback jerseys Saturday of what might their uniforms could look like.

But overall, if this is a one-time thing for the Rays, I say it’s done very well. The Rays jerseys look fantastic on the field. I wish they had an elastic waistband but other than that, it’s so unique that I am glad they did it.

As for the Tigers, they look fantastic in their duds and I would love to see them wear it again in the near future.

Tampa Bay Rays to wear 1979 fauxback uniforms on June 30

Only a cool manager like Joe Maddon can make this look good.

In 1979, the Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays did not exist. But on June 30, the team will wear “throwback” jerseys as if they were around during the `70s. Using the template once worn by the San Diego Padres, the Rays will wear what they think they would have worn had they been around in 1979.

It’s a pretty cool idea and I hope that it isn’t something every recent expansion team decides to do. But the Rays are a different kind of breed. This promotion fits their identity so well and if it’s a one-time thing, I am all for it.

Looking at the actual uniform, I love the orange/sun in the “Rays” name on the front. The cap font screams of some kind of 1970s juice bar sign. I don’t know about the usage of the two shades of blue, but it’s still pretty fun to look at.

Their opponent for the game, the Tigers, will actually wear throwbacks of uniforms that they actually wore.

It’s so unique, I might just even get the Rays cap just for historical fun purposes. But much like the once confusing “Turn Back the Clock” promotion, it’s only good in moderation.

MLB Throwback and One-Off Schedule: 2012

For those of you who are uniform nuts like me and want to see the throwbacks that will be worn in baseball this year, check this out.

The Logo Asylum

PCL Throwbacks, Negro League Throwbacks, 1912 Throwbacks, Camouflage jerseys, Italian scripts… the MLB this summer should certainly be interesting, if nothing else.

ASTROS – As previously mentioned right here, they will be wearing throwbacks all year long to celebrate their 50th anniversary as a franchise. The dates are…
Colt ’45’s: April 10 vs. Atlanta, April 20 vs. Los Angeles
Shooting Stars: May 4 vs. St. Louis, May 18 vs. Texas
Rainbow Guts: June 1 vs. Cincinnati,  June 22 vs. Cleveland
Rainbow Racing Stripes: July 6 vs. Milwaukee, July 27 vs. Pittsburgh
Navy and Gold: August 10 vs. Milwaukee, August 17 vs. Arizona, August 31 vs. Cincinnati

ATHLETICS – On July 8, the A’s will be throwing back to the Oakland Oaks of the PCL, when hosting the Seattle Mariners. I’m assuming, although I haven’t found confirmation, the Mariners will be wearing throwbacks as well.

BLUE JAYS – On July 1…

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