All that's missing is Joe Carter in right field.
The Baseball Gods have once again shined its graphic magic upon the game.
Following the lead of the Baltimore Orioles a few days ago, the Toronto Blue Jays have unveiled a new logo and uniform set, which harkens back to a time when Toronto was the capital of the baseball world, a team that played its games in a futuristic stadium and terrorized the rest of the American League.
It’s an updated take on the graphic blue jay, bringing back the baseball background, the maple leaf in the ear and the hollowed out numbers and typeface, a unique look for baseball’s second Canadian team. And since it fits my distorted world view that every baseball team (with some exceptions) should dress like it did in 1988, I couldn’t be happier with the results. Continue reading
We're closer to the 1980s than we've been since 1990.
There’s little that makes me as happy in the offseason as when a team corrects a graphic wrong.
Usually it’s subtle: the Brewers bringing back the ball-in-glove logo for special occasions, the Twins going retro for select home games, the Red Sox turning blue on the road, and so on.
But the Baltimore Orioles have topped every logo move in recent memory. Today, the club announced they’re bringing back the smiling cartoon bird and the white front-panel cap, and made the baseball world a better place.
The Orioles have not had much to cheer for since 1997. They’ve rotated through managers, mediocre pitchers and the bottom spots of the AL East for much of that time, perpetually sitting no fewer than five years away from contention. Every good hitter seems negated by a bad one, every top run wiped out by a seven-game losing streak. Continue reading
The Tigers found something they liked, and damn it if they didn't stick with it.
As I did with the National League, here are the American League jerseys, ranked from 14 on down to one.
Again, there aren’t too many critcisms to levy on the primary home and road jerseys for each team, though I did think it was a bit interesting that I was a bit more critical of some of the choices teams have made in the American League versus the National League. Is it just the extra time I’ve been able to spend studying them? A strange dearth of taste in the junior circuit? Is it really all the fault of the Rangers and Blue Jays?
It’s hard to say. What is important is that there are some great looking uniforms in the league, which includes one team who hasn’t changed much since 1901, my favorite team in the land, and my favorite baseball jersey of them all.
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The Pirates have a classic look that goes pretty far back. Even back to Tim Wakefield's rookie year and their last winning season.
It’s no secret that I’m more than a bit uniform obsessive. I’ve collected baseball and hockey jerseys for some time, focusing mostly in the Boston area but branching out from time to time. I’m an appreciator of the unique elements of each team, and I have a healthy disdain of anything that I deem to be cheap, gimmicky or tacky.
While baseball jerseys may not have the iconic pull of the hockey sweater, they may be the most functional item of clothing in the sports world. Really, it’s just a button-up t-shirt, free of collars, and, for the most part, absent loud graphics. Some have pinstripes, some have piping running from the neck down past the buttons, some have a wordmark across the chest, some have an emblem asymmetrically placed instead.
I have my favorites, and I enjoy putting things in order, sort of an exercise in organizing every aspect of my life, so why not rank every uniform top in baseball? It’s still early in the season; early enough that wearing short sleeves comfortably is still something of a pipe dream here in Massachusetts, and the hope is that this might inspire some of those pre-Opening Day baseball highs to carry over through the chilly days of April. Continue reading