A Little Hot-Stove Uni Action

With spring training just around the corner, I want to take a break from Supe50 coverage and address a bunch of MLB developments that have been brewing. One thing at a time:

1. While discussing the Astros’ new alternate jersey in Sunday’s post, Phil noted that the new jersey looks a lot like the team’s BP jersey and then added the following:

I’m under the impression the Astros will still wear their current BP jersey, but according to this article, the new alternate jersey “will be worn for regular season games and Spring Training games.” Now, it’s not unusual for teams to wear their regular (primary) jerseys for a few ST games, but I’m wondering if this one will simply replace the BP jersey, and also be worn on home Sundays. It seems kind of pointless to have two very similar tops.

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It's Another Tequila Sunrise

Tequila Sunrise 550

By Phil Hecken

Yesterday afternoon, at their 2016 FanFest, the Houston Astros unveiled a new batting practice jersey and cap, which will be worn for Sunday home games (or at least that’s the plan). It’s navy blue, with “ASTROS” in orange arched lettering across the chest, with a side stripe containing the “tequila sunrise” pattern made famous by the team in the 1970s. The new cap is orange with a blue bill.

If your first reaction is, “hey, that looks a little like their batting practice jersey,” you wouldn’t be wrong. In fact, it looks a LOT like their current BP jersey:

Astros BP Jersey vs Sunday Alt

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A Hall of Fame Cap Debate, Solved

Mike Piazza will likely become a Hall of Famer this evening, which almost certainly means we’ll see a revival of the debate that ensued when he retired: Should his Hall of Fame plaque show him wearing a Dodgers cap or a Mets cap? A case could be made for either one, but here’s . . . → Read More: A Hall of Fame Cap Debate, Solved

Young Fan Submits Uni Concepts to Favorite Teams, Hears Back!

[Editor’s Note: Today we have a guest entry from Chris Spisak, who has some good stories about submitting uniform designs to pro teams when he was in high school. Enjoy. — PL]

By Chris Spisak

I am currently 38 years old, I live and work in Akron, Ohio, and was born and raised in the east suburbs of Cleveland. Back in 1993 and ’94, long before Instagram, Facebook, or the internet, I submitted uniform design ideas to my local teams — the Indians and Cavs. I was in high school at the time and didn’t have access to Photoshop, so I used colored pencils. I didn’t have any word-processing software, so I typed my cover letter and descriptions on a typewriter. I didn’t have email, so I sent everything through the mail. What a difference 20-some years make, huh? (Continue reading)