Major League Makeovers – Five Teams Release new Duds for 2012

Its Thanksgiving week, meaning that Baseball’s offseason is in full swing, and that award winners are being announced, as well as teams releasing new uniforms. Five teams have released new unis in the last two weeks, so let’s see who changed what and if its for better or for worse.

Baltimore Orioles

How I Feel About Them: More Excited than Jared Allen when he gets a sack

These were a somewhat surprising, but pleasant change by the Orioles. Having the ornithologically correct bird on the cap was ok, but very bland. Bringing back the cartoon bird is a throwback to the uniforms worn by many Orioles greats during the glory years of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, including Hall of Famer’s Frank Robinson and Cal Ripken Jr. Having the white panel is also a nice bit of nostalgia, but still looks good on a modern cap. My favorite though is the road cap, orange brim with a black crown and the bird, that is easily one of my new favorite caps. The uniforms did not change too much, but the adjustments of the script Baltimore and Orioles look good. Hopefully this will help the Orioles in their quest to gain a playoff berth within the AL East, but if not, at least they will now look good playing in the toughest division in baseball.

Miami Marlins

My Thoughts: A Change, but not necessarily the best choice.

Most people despise teal in sports uniforms: the culrpits who wear and have worn this color include the Marlins, Mariners, San Jose Sharks, Jacksonville and Jaguars. The Marlins have decided to rebrand themselves with the opening of their new stadium in Miami, taking them out of the “absolutely awful for a baseball game” Sun Life Stadium. I think that the rebrand looks sharp, the new multi-color cap logo gives a very international feel to the team, which is great considering how diverse of a city Miami is. The home and away shirts both look sharp, and that orange alternate is eye-popping to say the least. I think the best part is the use of the outlines surrounding the team names in the shirts, it really makes the ‘Miami’ and ‘Marlins’ pop. However, of all the Florida Marlins uniforms that have disappeared, I will miss their alternate uniform the most, I always thought when paired with pinstripes it looked sharp. My only complaint about the Miami Marlins new unis is that they are also a team that now wears black and orange, bringing the total in MLB to 3, with the Marlins replacing the Mets, who dropped black as an accent color.

New York Mets

How I Feel About Them: As thrilled as I am when watching Two and a Half Men

The Mets have decided to redesign their uniforms for their 50th anniversary, and basically all they did was drop the black uniform accents they have had for the past fourteen seasons, and will drop their alternate black uniform after this season. They also dropped their cool black and blue road cap. I thought the black accents gave the Mets a bit of an edge, but these throwbacks make it somewhat refreshing to see them going back to their original look.

San Diego Padres

How I Feel About It: As confused as I am by Cornholio Poetry

The Padres introduced this new set, which isn’t too different from their old set, and added their third new road uniform for a third straight season. The uniforms look fine, if not a bit bland (I personally enjoyed the old pinstripes from the Tony Gwynn era) but the team did follow the tried and true formula of keeping it simple.

Toronto Blue Jays

How I Feel About Them: Compared to their old uniforms, its like this versus this. The Jays past uniforms were ok for modern times, but these new ones are TIMELESS.

The Blue Jays regained their identity by unveiling their first major uniform change since 2004. By dumping the modernized logo and their ‘Jays’ branding (which made me a temporary fan due to name association). However, the throwbacks are a welcome change, rather than looking like a bland team who added black to their uniforms for no reason, the team has gone back to their roots, and is wearing uniforms much like the World Series teams of the early 1990s. I think this will give them an identity besides as one of the cellar dwellers in the AL East.

Ink Stains:

It’s rivalry week here in Ann Arbor for the greatest rivalry in football, Michigan vs. Ohio State, so I bring you a clip of WCW Meathead Scott Steiner trashing OSU on an episode of Nitro from 2000.

And most importantly, a very Happythanksgiving to all readers, may your holiday be filled with great food, family, and Three Great Football games, Here is a Thanksgiving Tradition everyone can enjoy – J

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Posted on November 22, 2011, in Baseball. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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