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Padres unveil new road and camo uniforms for 2011

Jan 26, 2011, 8:12 PM EDT

Back in November of 2003, the Padres decided to abandon the traditional road gray uniforms that most teams used and continue to use.

Instead, they decided to play away games in a sand-colored jersey, meant to represent the beaches of San Diego.

The change was met with immediate criticism.  The Padres’ new sand jersey looked like a khaki suit more than a baseball uniform.  But the Friars stuck with the look for a whole seven seasons.

Today, the Padres announced that they are going back to the good old days of gray and they even tweeted a picture of outfielder Will Venable rocking the new duds which look, well, normal.

The club has also come up with a new version of their camouflage uniforms, this time with a digital spin.  They will be worn, as usual, during Sunday home games as a tribute to the many U.S. Marines who populate the San Diego area.  Whether you like the look of those or not, it’s hard to argue with the sentiment.

  1. Jeremiah Graves - Jan 26, 2011 at 8:22 PM

    I’ve always been a fan of the old-school brown and mustard jerseys from the ’70s-’80s.

    Most of the jerseys from the ’90s were fine too, albeit quite boring, but I’ve never really dug the new 2000s jersey lineup. Just so…meh.

    • Drew Silva - Jan 26, 2011 at 8:26 PM

      I hear you. It seems like they’d be able to do something cool with those old colors. Modernize ’em a tad, maybe.

  2. b7p19 - Jan 26, 2011 at 8:30 PM

    Why do all baseball teams think they have to look exactly the same? I liked the “sand” unis. Also loved the old brown and yellow. Baseball is like a microcosm of America in that we all seem to think we have to be identical. One of the great things about the Padres is they have a great history in uniforms. This is a very dissapointing day in the life of this Pads fan.

    • Joe - Jan 27, 2011 at 12:10 PM

      If it were a true microcosm of America, various teams would be shouting about how their opponents uniforms are Unamerican, coddle the rich, will kill jobs, etc.

  3. mattfrombuffalo - Jan 26, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    “as a tribute to the many NAVY members who populate the San Diego area”….did you forget about the MARINES???? first off, the uniform is MARPAT which is short for MARINE pattern… not NAVY pattern…get your information right

    • Drew Silva - Jan 26, 2011 at 8:58 PM

      The Marines are in the NAVY, right?

      • Drew Silva - Jan 26, 2011 at 9:06 PM

        I edited. Thank you, I appreciate the heads-up.

      • mattfrombuffalo - Jan 26, 2011 at 11:15 PM

        The Marine Corp is apart of the Navy, but two completely different services with two completely different uniforms. Although some navy personal do wear MARPAT camouflage utility uniform, but the MARPAT desert and woodland camouflage utility uniform is what all Marines wear.

      • Drew Silva - Jan 26, 2011 at 11:17 PM

        Much appreciated.

  4. simon94022 - Jan 27, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    The Padres colors should be brown and gold. They don’t need the 1970s style, but by the same token we don’t need 3/4 of all MLB teams wearing boring combinations of blue-red-and-white.

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