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2011’s uniform changes are minor, but mostly positive

Mar 29, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

Halladay Jays

Paul Lukas has no peer when it comes to the world of cataloging and commenting on sports uniform design, and today he has a post I look forward to every year: all of the uniform changes heading in to the new baseball season.

Nothing really major. The Blue Jays have trashed the powder blue alternates. The Dodgers have that light blue home alternate. The Pirates have trashed the pinstriped vest.  Lots of memorial patches are floating around.  The Padres are — inexplicably — encouraging everyone to use their secondary logo “whenever possible,” instead of their primary logo, yet are still keeping the primary logo and are continuing to call it primary.  It’s like the logo has a guaranteed contract or something and can’t be released.

All in all, a quiet year on the uniform front with most of the moves being tasteful enough. No terrible missteps. And though I love the Blue Jays’ powder blues, the fact that they never wore them on the road like God and Nature intended made me rather blah about the whole enterprise.

Good stuff from Lukas. Check it out.

  1. Travis Reitsma - Mar 29, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    I have to think the Jays are revamping their uniforms in the next couple season. We’re tired of the damn black and grey jerseys…seriously.

    Also, rumour has it that the Padres are working on changing their uniforms too…hopefully brown, orange, yellow, and red come back in full force. With sports’ teams seemingly ditching the blase uniforms of the early part of the last decade, it’s about time baseball caught up.

    • dexterismyhero - Mar 29, 2011 at 3:01 PM

      I saw the Big Blue #10 behind tHome Plate at their ball park in AZ.

    • bobwsc - Mar 29, 2011 at 3:12 PM

      those old school Pads uni’s are great; not using them equates to p|ssing on a San Diego treasure. maybe they’re waiting on relevancy before rolling them back out.

      • ThatGuy - Mar 29, 2011 at 3:21 PM

        They also need to play up the Swinging Friar more…

  2. cptnew1 - Mar 29, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    Good job for once Cubs. Honoring Ron Santo.

  3. dexterismyhero - Mar 29, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    WTH? You have Halladay in the picture?

    • seanmk - Mar 29, 2011 at 3:22 PM

      was wondering the same thing. you don’t have a more recent picture of the old uniforms?

    • Jonny 5 - Mar 29, 2011 at 3:31 PM

      I think he would rather think of him as a Jay. As opposed to a division rival and all. I can’t say I blame him after He not only pitched well against the Braves over the weekend, but he also snuck a nice little 2 run single right past Uggly in that outing. Owned him on the mound and at the plate he did.

  4. schmedley69 - Mar 29, 2011 at 10:13 PM

    I wonder if Keith Olbermann will throw up a big stink about the Giants wearing a World Series Champions patch like he did when the Phillies wore one a couple of years ago.

    http://keitholbermann.mlblogs.com/2009/03/26/fools-gold/

  5. kiwannabee - Mar 30, 2011 at 2:15 AM

    Primary logo, secondary logo, who cares??

    The Padres will be just another anonymous baseball team that nobody outside of San Diego County pays any attention to, until they switch back to brown and gold.

    If you can’t get a big fan base by geography, then you need a gimmick. Brown and gold is a unique color scheme, a classic look that stands out in comparison to any other team. A distinctive look would put this franchise on the map again.

    As it stands, the Padres look like just another indistinct copycat version of (yawn) the Brewers, Mariners, Rays, Royals, Mets, Braves, Blue Jays, and dare I say, the Dodgers.

    Ditch the blue. Bring back brown.

    Signed, a lifelong Padre fan.

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