Thursday, September 6, 2012

MLB Uniforms

MLB Uniforms
Like my NFL set I decided to redo my baseball uniform concepts in higher resolutions. A couple of notes:

1. I dropped alternate uniforms and caps all together. No doubt some teams had some nice ones, but I prefer old fashioned, especially when it comes to baseball. So just home white (or cream) and road grays. But I did keep some color with a spring training / batting practice jersey and cap.

2. For the most part it’s the city on the cap (no logos, just letters). For the jerseys it is (for the most part) the city name on the away jersey and the nickname on the home jersey. Also no numbers on the front (again for the most part). They always look asymmetrical and clunky to me, plus they weren't even used until the 1950s.

3. The MLB commissioner has said expansion is likely to happen soon. I decided to expand out to 32. The latest report is Portland and Montreal, though they had also been hinting at Charlotte, it works easier with Charlotte, 16 teams in the eastern time zone to balance out the divisions. Originally they were talking 8 division of 4 teams, but the latest is 4 divisions with 8, which I like a lot better. Schedule wise rumor also has it drop to 156 games, 12 against each team in the division, 3 against the rest of the teams in the league, alternating home and away each season. Division winners in the playoffs, and the 8 left battle in 1 game wildcards to advance to play the division winners. Supposedly they want to realign based on geography and toss out the traditional AL and NL to cut down travel miles. I'd rather keep the AL and NL, but could deal with geography based division if you cut out the DH league wide, I mean you are adding in two teams, so no players should be losing a job. So with all the changes it would be a good time to redesign some teams.

4. All credit for the templates goes to Chris Creamer's . The templates went a long way to helping me get started. Click for full sized versions.

Eastern Division:

Baltimore Orioles - I really want to bring diversity in color and identity, so it makes sense to have the Orioles with orange as their primary color. I like the new bird in roundel, as well as the older version of the script font. And also I like using the Maryland flag in the secondary logo.

Boston Red Sox - Well they are the Red Sox, so I just emphasized red in the uniform.

Montreal Expos - Really just bringing back much of the classic old design, this time with the vintage thick shoulder stripes.

New York Mets - No big changes, just sticking with blue and orange, no black. Keeping things simple.

New York Yankees - Obviously no changes here to this classic.

Philadelphia Phillies - A modern classic, no need for changes.

Toronto Blue Jays - Their recent update is pretty good, though instead of navy and royal blue went back to royal blue and light blue, plus added their T on the cap instead of the bird logo.

Washington Nationals - It is hard to tell if the Nats are supposed to be red or navy blue. I went back through the previous two Washington Senators franchises and blue was their main color most of the time, but then switched to red the last few years in town. So I decided to go with blue as the primary. The original Nationals font looks good, and the cream changes them up a bit from the other red and navy teams. Added a new logo that is much less generic than their existing one.

Central Division:

Atlanta Braves - The uniforms work, but I never liked how they had their wordmark as their primary logo, so I made the crossing tomahawks their primary logo.

Charlotte Knights - Just bringing up their minor league team to the majors. I like the Knights previous design with the horse logo as a secondary, modifying the old wordmark to create a crest as their primary. Other change here is going to lighter shade of blue as the secondary color.

Cincinnati Reds - Good uniforms and logo, just changing up the drop shadow black for simple outlines. They get to keep the front numbers as they are a nice balance to the logo on the front.

Cleveland Indians - I'm good with the Indians nickname, but agree that the Chief Wahoo logo is dated and can be viewed as offensive by many, so the logos are new, basing the primary on their city flag from a logo by FootballasFootball. If they are switching up their identity they might as well move away from the overused navy and red, to maroon and light blue, which worked great for the Phillies back in the 80s. Cream home jersey gives off a good old school vibe for one of the original 16 teams.

Detroit Tigers - The Tigers have a nice and simple old school look, though I moved away from the D on the home jersey to the nickname, based on their 1928 jersey, also the older version of the script on the away jersey. This is probably considered blasphemy by lots of Tigers fans.

Miami Marlins - Their new uniforms from a few years ago are brutal. I went back to the original design and colors, though a slightly more greenish shade of teal. Using cream here at home creates a nice mix of classic with modern colors. Also I ditched the marlin for the cap M logo, to simplify things.

Pittsburgh Pirates - Again, another good, classic look. The only changes here are dumping the red accents and just keeping it simple with black and yellow.

Tampa Bay Rays - I think their current colors work if you make light blue the primary. Changing the font and logo back to the original design makes it more distinct.

Midwest Division:

Chicago Cubs - Not many changes here, ditching the sleeve patch on the home jersey, with the left chest logo it made the jersey a bit too unbalanced. I also changed up the away jersey font.

Chicago White Sox - The existing ones are good, but I like the team name rather than a letter cap logo on the jersey where possible. Plus I wanted a C for Chicago rather than SOX on the cap.

Dallas Rangers - I'm not a fan of using state names, especially when there are other teams in the same state. They don't actually play in Dallas, but then again neither do the Cowboys. I switched to the red primary to change it up a bit, from all the other blue and red teams. Also went back to the original logos, which are a little more unique.

Houston Astros - Their new look is pretty good, but they should have added in the shooting star on the wordmarks. Their new logo is kind of generic and really only a modification of the cap logo, but it is decent enough with some slight color changes. And of course orange as the primary so they don't look the same as all the other navy teams out there.

Kansas City Royals - They have an under rated classic uniform. No need to make changes to it.

Milwaukee Brewers - I thought about the old MB ball and glove logo, but I do really like their current cap logo. I think going to yellow instead of gold makes them a little more vibrant. The old jersey fonts are much sharper than the new ones. Also a new logo based on a fan design contest they did a few years back.

Minnesota Twins - The Twins have another simple and good look. Just changed up the twins shaking hands logo to incorporate the TC lettermark. The pinstripes on the road grays are unique touch.

St Louis Cardinals - Really nothing to change with the Cardinals, just a great look. The only thing I would change is to have the city name on the away jersey, make the home an old fashioned cream, and dump the numbers on the front.

Western Division:

Anaheim Angels – Obviously going back to calling them by their correct name. Added a little more yellow into their design to change them up from other red and navy teams. I kind of like the navy cap with red A and brim better than the all red look, but you’ve already got the Braves and Twins with similar looks.

Arizona Diamondbacks - Their old teal/purple/copper look was certainly unique, but it just doesn't work with baseball. Keeping the darker red but making the gold a secondary instead of black. You really can't put "Dbacks" on the jersey, just awful, so I put the full name on the home whites. Also dumped the D cap logo, as I much prefer the city/state letter to the nickname letter for caps. Needless to say I find their 2016 update revolting.

Colorado Rockies -  I downplayed the purple making black the primary, also dumped the silver. The pinstripes never really worked for me with Colorado. They’ve really only had the primary logo, and partial version of it, decided to come up with a nice alternate logo for them as a sleeve patch.

Los Angeles Dodgers - Nothing to change up here really. Just pulled the LA sleeve patch which is repetitive, for a new one with the secondary logo I made up.

Oakland Athletics - Hopefully they stay in Oakland, seems to be more likely as the city becomes a sort of Brooklyn of the Bay Area. No big changes, and letting them keep the Athletics A instead of an O for Oakland. Just some minor tweaks to the logos.

San Diego Padres - Ditching the navy here, they are way too generic now. I think it would be good to go back to the original brown and yellow. While they aren't trendy colors that will sell lots of merchandise nationally, it is unique in baseball, and for anyone over 30 it is what you think of with the Padres. And of course you make the monk the primary logo again, and if we are going throwback, add in some of those thick shoulder stripes.

San Francisco Giants - The real change here is the secondary logo, their current primary logo is real generic, so I put together one with the Golden Gate Bridge, gives them some local flavor.

Seattle Mariners - No big changes, just ditching silver, changing the teal to more of a green, and making that more prominent, especially in the cap logo. A neat secondary logo, based on their unique city flag.