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Interesting development yesterday in Miami, as the Marlins announced two moves related to their upcoming 25th-anniversary season. First, they unveiled a teal-centric anniversary logo (shown above), which will be worn as a sleeve patch. And they also announced that the team will be wearing teal-based throwbacks for a three-game series against the Padres on June 8-10 (click to enlarge):
Anniversary patches are routinely shown in the MLB Style Guide, but this one isn’t. I’m pretty sure that means it was created on the fly, after Derek Jeter and his crew bought the team last fall. Or to put it another way, the old ownership group had no plans to include a 25th-anniversary patch this year. (They also didn’t include a 20th-anniversary patch five years ago.)
Does this mean Jeter & Co. plan to go back to the team’s original uniform set at some point down the road? Possibly, but I doubt it. I suspect some sort of “updated classic” treatment might be in order by about 2020, however. (It was also reported yesterday that Jeter has eliminated the team’s costumed mascot. Update: Check that — he’s just fired the guy who wears the costume, not eliminated the mascot character itself.)
Meanwhile, a true story: Twenty-five years ago, in March of 1993, I was on line at the DMV to get my driver’s license renewed. I was reading Newsday, and the sports section had a big feature article on the National League’s two new expansion franchises — the Marlins and the Rockies. I remember that the text included a passage that went something like, “The sight of a Marlins pitcher wearing teal isn’t exactly going to strike fear into opposing batters’ hearts.” Even then, more than six years before the advent of Uni Watch, I was excited to see any reference to uniforms.
Naming Wrongs reminder: In case you missed it earlier this week, we have a bunch of new shirts for the L.A. Coliseum (like the one shown at right). You can see all of them here.
By Alex Hider
Baseball News: Barry Bonds still isn’t a Hall of Famer, but at least he can take solace in the fact that the Giants will retire his No. 25 in August (from Mike Chamernik). … Could stingrays be returning to Tampa Bay’s caps? We’ll find out today (from @_acamargo_). … Here’s a look at the Brewers’ racing sausages with their new Johnsonville ad patches, which appear on the chest and the sleeve (from Rabid). … The Louisville Bats will wear Colonels throwbacks on July 27 and 28 (from Patrick Barnett). … Mr. Met apparently makes an appearance in the 1981 cult classic film Ms. 45. “He’s actually prominently featured, his smiling face acting as a counterpoint to … other action,” says Charles Rogers. … Vertical placket lettering alert! Those uniforms were worn by the 1912 Red Deer Eskimos in Alberta, Canada (from Alex Cheremeteff). … Couple of Japanese baseball notes from @bigdaddy45_1969: The Hanshin Tigers of the Central League will wear early-2000s throwbacks in honor of former manager Senichi Hoshino, who recently died. All players will wear his No. 77. Hoshino also managed the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Pacific League, and they’ll also honor him by wearing throwbacks and his No. 77 in a separate game. … San Diego State has five caps this season.
Pro Football News: Rep. Michael Capuano of Massachusetts must have lost a bet, because he was wearing an Eagles helmet during a House financial services hearing yesterday (from John Costigan IV). … Mark Brunell appeared on the cover of NFL Fever 2000 in a Jags jersey that included the team’s inaugural season patch from 1995 (from Joe Pitzonka). … PTI used an old Lions logo in a graphic yesterday (from Moe Khan). … New helmets for the Columbus (Georgia) Lions of the National Arena League (from Shawn Skillman).
College Football News: The Smithsonian has a bunch of old NCAA Foot Ball rulebooks available on its website as PDFs, for those who are interested (from James Gilbert). … While Pitt is not officially changing its colors, the school paper reports that the team is planning on wearing retro royal and yellow “frequently” for the next two seasons (from Robert Hayes).
Hockey News: A Hurricanes fan penned an open letter to Hartford Whalers fans, following the brouhaha that erupted when the ’Canes owner suggested Carolina may wear Whalers throwbacks in the future (from James Gilbert). … The Washington Post has an interesting piece about hockey leagues for the blind (from John Muir). … The Avalanche use their secondary logo, rather than their primary, on their scoreboard.
NBA News: The NBA has released the uniforms that will be worn during the Rising Stars Game next week. Looks like they’re getting the color out of the way early in the weekend (from Mike Chamernik and Robert Hayes). … Both the Magic and the Cavs wore “City” jerseys last night (from Robert Hayes). … The Celtics wore green tights with white jerseys on the road last night. I believe that’s the first time they’ve worn that combo this season. It’s also the first time they’ve worn white on the road (from David Sperino and Jesse Scardina). … The Hawks have a lot of outdated team logos on their team website (from Joey Robertson). … Adidas terminated Celtics G Terry Rozier’s shoe contract because he wore Nikes during the Eastern Conference Finals last year (from Mike Chamernik). … Raptors 905, Toronto’s D-League affiliate, wore Black History Month uniforms in a recent game (from Moe Khan). … The Wisconsin Herd, the Bucks’ D-League affiliate, will wear “Fear The Deer” BFBS jerseys on Friday (from Ray Barrington).
College Hoops News: Clemson unveiled white ’90s throwbacks yesterday (from Chip Powell). … Nebraska and Minnesota went black-on-gold yesterday (from Hayden). … North Carolina has received the Final Four floor from its national championship win last year (from James Gilbert). … Though Nike’s “Pro Hijab” is not yet available for purchase, the company sent a pair of headdresses to a California high school player after her coach reached out to the company (from Kary Klismet).
Soccer News: New kits for Chicago Fire in 2018. More photos here. (from Terry Mark). … The Utah Royals of the NWSL unveiled their white second kit yesterday (from our own Jamie Rathjen). … Udinese of Serie A have inked a manufacturing contract with Macron (from Ed Zelaski). … This piece delves into the world of fan-designed soccer kits, and how they’re beginning to influence uniforms worn on the pitch. … The Men In Blazers podcast is designing its own jersey for the World Cup, and they let their fans design the jock tag (from Kary Klismet). … Celtic FC’s women’s team have a new jersey advertiser (from Ed Żelaski ). … Luton Town of England’s League Two wore Umbro uniforms from 1989 to 1992. They wore four distinct jerseys during that time, but with shorts/socks mashups and sponsor variations taken into account, they ended up wearing 26 different kit combinations over that period of time (from Denis Hurley). … The Houston Dynamo’s new away jersey has leaked, and it has tequila sunrise striping (from @bryant_rf). … New road kit for Atlanta United FC.
Olympics News: Fans of the site are probably already aware of the Norwegian curling team’s loud slacks — but it never hurts to take another look (from Phil). … Speaking of curling, more than half of the teams competing in the Olympics will be using a new “SmartBroom” (NYT link), which measures the rate and force of the player’s sweeping. … Here’s a pretty good infographic of Winter Olympics facts and figures.
Grab Bag: The University of Central Arkansas is switching from Adidas to Nike (from Chris Mycoskie). … UW-Milwaukee’s club sports teams have a new logo after the school received a letter from the University of Michigan that claimed the club sport department’s old logo was too similar to Michigan’s “Block M” (from Paul Wajgel). … Golfer Luke Donald will now wear Jordan shoes on the course (from Josh Claywell). … An item in yesterday’s Ticker said, “A Pepsi Super Bowl ad Sunday night featured former NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon racing a DeLorean. But David Firestone points out that Gordon’s car is a sixth-generation car (circa 2013), with a 2007 paint scheme.” That set off a fair amount of debate in yesterday’s comments. Now David has proof that he was right.