As an avid uni watcher, I have “Google Alerts” set for such things as “uniforms,” “jerseys,” “helmets,” “logos” (and cetera), so yesterday I got the following item in my alerts: St. Louis Cardinals 2016 Uniforms from something that deems itself “The Official Sports Blog of the St. Louis Cardinals.” The article included a slideshow, the first slide of which showed the three beautiful jerseys the Cards wear as their uniform set for 2016. Or so I thought.
“Well, this is a lame article” I said to myself, not realizing it was a slideshow and there were 10 additional slides. What followed, and which I’ve reproduced above, are an additional six caps and four jerseys the team will wear throughout the 2016 season. The MLB merch train has effectively DOUBLED the number of uniforms (all of them crappy) and caps the team will sport this season — and it’s all in the name of merchandising. (Continue reading)
MLB unveiled all of its holiday and special event uniforms in one fell swoop yesterday. That’s a departure from past years, when the various promotions were rolled out one at a time. If nothing else, this is very efficient, because we can now make fun of all the designs at once.
Thanks to various leaks, we already knew what many of these would look like, but let’s take a closer look: (Continue reading)
Most uniform changes are, for lack of a better term, official. They’re announced via press releases (or at least via social media), listed in the league style guide, and so on.
But there are also unofficial uniform changes — things that aren’t announced or even acknowledged but are nonetheless plainly visible to anyone who looks closely.
With the MLB season just a few days old, it’s apparent that at least two teams — the Phillies and Braves — have made unofficial changes to their jersey scripts. Let’s start with the Phillies. They use the same script on their home and road jerseys, and that script has clearly become thicker, or fatter, or bolder, or whatever you want to call it, this season (for all of these, you can click to enlarge): (Continue reading)