Posted on: March 8, 2012 5:44 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2012 5:45 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans
The Astros may or may not wear the original Colt .45s uniform complete with the smoking gun graphic, but at least the decision will be the team's to make.
Major League Baseball had originally told the Astros they couldn't wear the classic uniform with the gun on it as part of the team's 50th anniversary celebration. When the team debut in 1962, the Colt .45s featured a smoking pistol, with the smoke making up the "C" in "Colt."
Now the team will make its decision known on Friday whether it will wear the awesome uniform or cop-out and wear a plain, boring, inaccurate uniform (can you tell which side I'm on?). In a statement released Thursday, the team said:
"Over the past few months, the club has been in discussion with Major League Baseball about whether to wear the authentic Colt .45s jersey. The original logo features the Colts name and a pistol. The alternative jersey would only have the Colts name on the front of the jersey. This week, MLB informed the Astros that the decision would be left to the ballclub.
"The Astros organization continues to value fan input, therefore the Astros have been reaching out to fans the past week to get their opinion on this issue.
"Our fans have expressed overwhelming passion and support for the Astros and our rich 50-year tradition. We plan to announce our decision tomorrow, Friday, March 9."
The team is scheduled to wear the uniform as part of its "Flashback Fridays" promotion this season, wearing the Colt .45s uni on April 10 against the Braves and April 20 against the Dodgers.
The Houston franchise wore the uniform from 1962-64.
Posted on: November 11, 2011 10:19 pm
Edited on: November 12, 2011 9:13 am
By C. Trent Rosecrans
Every step of the way it looked like the Marlins were poised to make some disastrous choices leading up to their announcement of new uniforms to coincide with the name change from Florida to Miami.
First it was the logo -- and that wasn't too good.
Then the hat -- another strike.
But you know what? Like David Freese, the Marlins delivered with two strikes. The final uniform is, dare I say, much better than the sum of its parts and actually, well, good.
No, it's not traditional and it's not the Yankees, Red Sox or Dodgers -- but it's not boring (looking at you Padres) or monumentally ugly (like the Mo Vaughn-era Angels or the original Rays). Nope, they're different and good -- or at least some of them are.
The actual colors are red-orange, blue and yellow.
The red-orange piping on the all white home set works well, actually giving a nice change of pace from the usual or even the overdone pinstripes. The plain gray road uni does seem to have something missing, which oddly, may be a splash of color.
I'm still not sure how the hat works on its own, or as a fan's symbol of his support. But in the context of the uniform, the black hat is fine. The team appeared to stick to just one hat -- the solid black number we'd seen before was used with all combinations of the uniform during Friday's unveiling. Some "leaked" mock-ups of the team's uniforms show all sorts of color combinations, but the black lid was worn with all the team's color combos. However, the MLB.com store has this red-orange hat for sale and it's labeled as the road cap (and may help the road grays break their gray-ness):
One thing that is odd, is that the word "Miami" is on both the home and road uniforms. Usually the team name is on the home uniform and the city name on the road kit. WIth the change to Miami as the team's primary geographic locator. The red-orange alternate does have "Marlins" across the chest, while the black alternate sticks with "Miami" across the chest. I'm interested to see how often they're used, but I like the red-orange alternates much better than the black ones -- they're different, while just about every team (it seems) has a black jersey. That said, the white trim on the black road jersey looks nice.
Overall, the look fits Miami -- it's a little garish and something you won't find anywhere else, but that's how it should be. It's also not a throwback, which fits in with the futuristic looking ballpark. If the Marlins wore something more traditional while playing in the game's most forward-looking home it would be out of place. What they are wearing, for the most part, looks the part.
Of course, all that said, this monstrosity is still expected to be in center field.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @eyeonbaseball on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:48 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2011 9:19 pm
By Evan Brunell
The San Diego Padres have unveiled new uniforms, seen above, just two seasons after drastically changing the look and feel of their uniform and logo.
The change was made after fans weren't overly receptive to the changes, so San Diego has added in a twist to incorporate franchise history.
“We spent a lot of time listening to our fans about the uniforms over the past two years,” president Tom Garfinkel said in a press release. “What we learned is that, while the current design isn’t loved, there is also a strong feeling that this club has had so many radical changes over the years that we didn’t need another one."
As a result, the team decided to keep the basic format of its uniforms and incorporate aspects of Padres history. The Padres drew from the uniforms worn from 1936-68, when the club was in the minor leagues and famous for having Ted Williams on the roster before Williams went to the Red Sox. The uniforms displayed above are the new versions of the home, road, alternate, and camoflauge uniforms.
"I think the most loved uniforms in baseball are the ones that have tradition and history. ... They stand the test of time," Garfinkel told MLB.com. "They're not trendy colors or trendy design ... but they're a classic baseball style. We wanted to take our current uniform design and improve on it. We thought the way to improve on it was to bring back classic elements from our history and bring in traditional baseball elements in the design."
The Padres also unveiled three new logos, including a new primary logo which you can see above and to the right. It's a return to a classic baseball logo -- circular with the team name running on the outside and a primary team logo in the middle. Unlike the uniforms, this is a striking departure from the Padres' most recent logo, which was in the shape of home plate and evoked ocean imagery.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeonBaseball on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
Posted on: October 12, 2011 6:31 pm
Edited on: October 12, 2011 8:11 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans
ST. LOUIS -- You'll notice a new addition to the Brewers uniforms for the rest of the playoffs starting Wednesday, a patch with the initials GV to recognize the passing of Gary VandenBerg, the team's longtime groundskeeper.
VandenBerg, 59, had a long-term battle with cancer and died on Monday. He started with the Brewers in 1981.
"I think it's great we're (adding patches), he's a part of the Brewer family and has been for a while, and it's very sad," Brewers pitcher Randy Wolf said. "I talked to him quite a bit -- I'm always one to talk to the grounds crew about things I like or don't like about the mound, and I want to be involved. The one thing you learn throughout the years is that the grounds crew wants to get things right. … He was always great and was always very receptive about things. It's really sad, be we saw what happened over the course of a year you can have your life squeezed out of you. It's really sad to watch his deterioration."
The Cardinals will also honor VandenBerg with a moment of silence before Game 3.
"Gary was one of the most loved individuals in this organization, and this is a tremendous loss for everyone connected to the Milwaukee Brewers," Brewers owner Mark Attanasio said in a statement. "Gary was one of the most dedicated and positive persons that we will ever know. We were fortunate to have Gary as a member of the Brewers family, and we all feel a tremendous sense of sadness today. Our prayers are with the VandenBerg family and all of those who loved him."