We are one week into the 2012 Major League Baseball season and have had a chance to see most of the new identities unveiled during the past season in-action.
Here’s an in-game photo recap of what’s new for the season:
The Baltimore Orioles added a new home and road cap; one modelled after caps worn from the mid 1960s through the late 1980s. The Orioles are the first team to regularly wear a white front-panel on their cap since the Toronto Blue Jays ditched their white front-panel home caps mid-way through the 1993 season, claiming they were bad luck.
The Orioles road cap, which has yet to make an on-field appearance this regular season, will be the same design only with the white front-panel replaced with black.
The Cleveland Indians cleaned up their home jerseys and returned to a look more similar to their modern glory days of the late 1990s. The front script and player numbering has been altered from red with white and navy trim to just the red and blue. The navy blue piping that ran down the front of the jersey has been removed.
Colorado finally eliminated their road pinstripes; joining the Minnesota Twins to end an ugly chapter in Major League Baseball history. The Rockies were sans road pinstripes for their first decade of existence, the difference in this uniform and their original set is largely “ROCKIES” being replaced with “COLORADO” across the front.
Kansas City Royals
The Kansas City Royals altered the “Kansas City” script on the front of their road uniform and slightly altered the sleeve striping. What we haven’t seen in-action yet is the tweaked powder blues in which the “Royals” script has swapped it’s colours from blue trimmed with white to white trimmed with blue.
The Marlins re-branded everything… name (Florida -> Miami), colours, logo, stadium. The team has promised several uniform and cap combinations, so-many combos are possible that a mannequin displaying what the players are to wear is set-up in the team locker room.
We’ve seen several combinations thus far, when including some of their Spring games, the Marlins have yet to wear their standard road greys opting to wear the black alternates for every road game so far.
Black Alternate Uniform
The Marlins tried a black uniform/red-orange cap combo in their Spring Training matchup against the Yankees:
Red-Orange Alternate Uniform
The Marlins wore their red-orange alternate jerseys with black caps/helmets in a Spring Training game
New York Mets
The New York Mets dropped black from their jersey scripts leaving a nice, traditional blue-orange colour combination. They also swapped their home and alternate jerseys, the heritage-whites with pinstripe alternates from 2011 have been promoted to home uniform, the white pinstripe-less homes in 2011 is now the alternate.
Home Alternate Uniform
San Diego Padres
San Diego added piping down the front of their home jersey as well as adding a new shoulder patch… the Padres also introduced a new alternate uniform which they’ve yet to wear.
San Francisco Giants
The Giants added piping to the front of their road uniform; also introduced a road alternate based largely off of their road uniform of the late 1980s.
Road Alternate Uniform
Toronto Blue Jays
Everyone knows Toronto’s changes by now; universally loved, by far the most positive reception for a re-brand we’ve ever seen at SportsLogos.Net; the Jays took to the field with their new look this past week and gave us all three new uniforms.
The Houston Astros also wore uniforms honouring the Colt .45s last night, on the 50th anniversary of their franchise’s first game, they will wear the uniforms again on April 20th.
The big changes we are still awaiting the on-field debut of are the Marlins road jerseys (and regular season debut of the red-orange alternates), the Kansas City Royals altered powder-blue alternates, and the Atlanta Braves throwback home alternates.