For the ninth time in the past 25 years the San Diego Padres have changed their logo. It happened at a press event earlier today when the team unveiled a new set of logos and tweaked uniforms at PETCO Park for the 2012 season.
The new primary logo features the same intertwined ‘SD‘ which has adorned the Padres home caps for the past eight seasons inside a navy blue circle with ‘San Diego Padres Baseball Club’ encircling it in white. The original swinging friar logo used by the club from 1969-1984 has returned as an alternate logo but in the simplified colours of blue and white.
The major change to the uniform set is the font used for player numbers, gone is the much-more unique set used from 2004-2011, in it’s place a very basic serifed-block lettering style used by several other teams.
Changes were made to the road uniform; what was once a khaki jersey and pants with a bow-tie script across the chest in 2010 has been reduced to a plain gray jersey with with a basic blue arched “San Diego” script outlined in white. The old khaki coloured ‘SD’ on the road caps has also been replaced with a plain white version.
A new alternate jersey was also unveiled, a plain blue jersey with the cap “SD” logo on the upper left of the chest and white piping.
New to the home and road jerseys, and also being included on the navy blue alternate is a sleeve patch featuring the Padres home jersey script and a depiction of PETCO Park complete with “Est. 1969” signifying the Padres first season in the National League.
What’s interesting to me is the inclusion of a third colour to the scheme used exclusively on the home jerseys, khaki remains from 2011 as a trim colour on the new Padres sleeve patch as well as on the front script and player name/number. The road and alternate jerseys feature a blue and white version of all these elements.
The camouflage jerseys from 2011 will remain the same with the only change bring the font for the players number.