Four Major League Baseball teams will sport new uniforms during the 2012 season. Much has already been discussed about the new Miami Marlins uniforms that were presented on November 11, 2011 at 11:11 PM in typical Miami fashion. Below, we review the new uniforms of the Marlins, San Diego Padres, Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays, and New York Mets.
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The Miami Marlins sport their new uniforms that will debut in their new stadium with their new team name for the 2012 season. The caps have an interesting colorful new logo that will likely be a good seller. Six different variations of the uniform add for additional apparel sales to help pay for a new influx of key free agents. Not a traditional baseball look, but Miami is not a traditional kind of city and the team will get more fan support with a real baseball stadium just two miles from downtown.
The San Diego Padres will also unveil new uniforms during the 2012 season. In an effort to get the new logos out there, the Padres will be supplying over 10,000 free new uniforms to Little League teams in the area that want them.
“We wanted to give the uniforms a bolder, more classic look,” said team President Tom Garfinkel. “We wanted the names and numbers to stand out.”
Gone is the traditional swinging Friar in favor of a more modern looking Friar. Also, thankfully gone are the horrid brown uniforms that the Padres have worn over the years. Nobody has looked good in brown since Ronald Reagan.
I could do without the camouflage uniforms, but the more traditional looks are very good and now the Padres won’t look like the Brewers.
The Baltimore Orioles will also be debuting new uniforms for the 2012 season hoping to flash back to their glory days–a time when the proud franchise could not have dreamed of 14 consecutive losing seasons. The smiling bird, slightly re-done from the Orioles glory days of Frank and Brooks, will be adorning the Baltimore caps on every day but Fridays when they will wear the O’s caps.
Orioles director of communications Greg Bader said that the new cartoon bird will strengthen the Orioles brand. “We find it has widespread appeal among many demographics, many age groups. ? And it’s a logo, it’s a mark, that has a lot more character and personality than the ornithologically correct bird.”
A new patch on the left sleeve will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the baseball park that set the example for all of the new baseball parks–Camden Yards. The Birds will wear orange uniforms again in 2012 for the first time since the 1992 season.
Finally, the Toronto Blue Jays will return to its blue roots for the 2012 season. The new blue color being worn by the Jays will be a bolder and darker, royal blue.
The new logo will include the Canadian maple leaf on the cap, but the biggest change is the elimination of the ugly powder blue that the Blue Jays have worn.
“I think the biggest thing for me was just getting blue back,” said general manager Alex Anthopoulos. “We’re the Blue Jays.”
Finally, Uni-Report is saying that the Mets also have new uniforms for the 2012 season. I don’t know. To me, they kind of look the same as always, although the site reports that the Mets have completely done away with their black uniform shirts which is another positive move as far as baseball esthetics go.
The biggest change for the Mets new uniforms is the patch that commemorates the Mets’ 50th anniversary. Never mind that since the Mets started in 1962, this is actually their 51st season of play.
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