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The Astros will probably get new uniforms next year

Feb 27, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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Zach Levine reports that Astros owner Jim Crane said yesterday that the Astros are “leaning heavily” toward new uniforms for next season, their first in the American League.

Apparently designs for new duds have to be submitted to Major League Baseball by May 1st to be available for next season. Which seems weird, but rules are rules. There’s no suggestion what the design might be, but Levine’s article comes with a slide show of all of the team’s past uniforms.

Note — as I did when I reviewed team uniforms a couple of years ago — that the past wasn’t all about rainbows.  Often overlooked in Houston’s sartorial history are the late 60s-early 70s shooting star unis. Those things are just as pleasing as can be and don’t commit fashion disasters like the numbers on the pants issues those J.R. Richard rainbow jobs did.

Not that they need to go retro.  In fact they shouldn’t.  Except for the star-H on the caps.  GOTTA have that. That is gold.

  1. skids003 - Feb 27, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Who did they offend with these uniforms? The astronauts?

  2. nategearhart - Feb 27, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Jesus, J.R. Richards was a monster.

  3. nategearhart - Feb 27, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Also, I grew up an Astros fan, and I always thought these were great.
    http://astrosdaily.com/history/uniforms/GDavis3.jpg

  4. drunkenhooliganism - Feb 27, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    They should only slide if it’s absolutely necessary or their pants will be in pretty rough shape in the second half of the season.

  5. NFL In L.A. - Feb 27, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Houston Colts 2012…………

  6. raycornwall - Feb 27, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    “Apparently designs for new duds have to be submitted to Major League Baseball by May 1st to be available for next season. Which seems weird, but rules are rules”

    Why is that weird? MLB has hundreds, if not thousands, of business partners, and all of those partners need to get updated graphics for next year’s campaigns. That takes time. The other leagues have similar requirements for uniform changes.

  7. Old Gator - Feb 27, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Since they’re going to be playing designatedhitterball instead of baseball from then on, why not give them bison fur uniforms that cut off at the knees so they look like the squad of mammoth hunters into which their truncated version of the game will turn them anyway.

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