Thursday, September 6, 2012

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 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.
3. Also I really cut down on alternate hats. Certainly no alternate logos on hats (which is unfortunate because I liked Minnesota's TC alternate).
4. 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.
5. Expanded the league out to 40 teams, pretty much based the new teams (and relocated the Athletics) on this study. Drop the DH. Ultimately I decided to scrap the AL/NL alignment and base things on geography, 4 leagues with 10 teams each. I'd say keep each league separate during the season. Top 2 teams in each league play for their pennant, the 4 league champions play in a tournament for the World Series.
6. All credit for the templates goes to Chris Creamer's . The templates went a long way to helping me get started.

Eastern League:

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 - Pretty much brought back the exact uniform design from before they left. But I dumped the pinstripes in favor of the old 70s/80s thick shoulder stripes.

New York Knights - Kind of stealing the name from the Charlotte minor league team, and part of their logo, but it just worked out well allowing me to use the awesome uniforms from The Natural as a template. Changed from the navy and orange in the movie which is too close to the Yankees and Mets to a more modern black and green, and needless to say had to incorporate the lightning bolt from the movie into the secondary logo. Really they could end being called Brooklyn or New Jersey, but just kept it simple with New York.

New York Mets - The only real major change is taking the bridge out of logo. The bridge made them too similar to the Giants logo I designed, and it seems more appropriate for the bridge to be in a San Francisco logo.

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

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

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.

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 red over navy as the primary. The original Nationals font looks good, and the cream changes them up a bit from the other red and blue/navy teams. Added a new logo that is much less generic than their existing one.

Southern League:

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 Stingers - If the NBA team didn’t switch back to the Hornets I’d have used it for the baseball team, since that was the name of their team in the Southern League over 100 years ago. Stingers is close enough. Lifted the old NBA team logo and also the Charlotte Bobcats font to create their primary logo, and a good hornets' nest secondary logo the minor league Knights used once. Black and gold is unique for baseball and I think fits well here with the bee theme. The old fashioned pinstripes with button piping works well in contrast to the modern font.

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.

Houston Astros - Their new look is pretty good, but they should have added in the shooting star on the wordmarks. New logos as well, since what they have now is pretty generic and really only a modification of the cap logo. And of course orange as the primary so they don't look the same as all the other navy teams out there.

Mexico City Diablos - Pretty much using the existing logos from Liga Mexicana's Diablos Rojos in Mexico City, but adding in some yellow. They've got a great look. Not sure how much major leaguers are going to like living in Mexico City, but with the population there they'd draw well. I especially love the Corona-like font on the away jersey.

Miami Marlins - Their new uniforms from a few years ago are brutal. I went back to the original design and colors. 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.

Nashville Sounds - The minor league team looks pretty good, but I thought using the purple/blue and yellow colors from the Nashville flag would make them stand out a bit more. I like the guitar pick logo a lot.

San Antonio Chaparrals - The current minor league team name Missions just doesn’t do it for me. I really dig the old ABA Chaparrals name. Mashed together the Missions and Chaps logos. A forest green and light blue combo is unique combo, adding another green team to the majors besides the Athletics.

San Juan Cangrejeros - I really like the existing logos of the Santurce Cangrejeros, sort of a fun mix of new and old in their primary and secondary. Just modified to say San Juan for their move up to the majors. I thought about changing their name to English as the Crabbers, but I sort of like the Spanish name version. Their Cardinals-like crab on bat jersey wordmarks are great, I just added a little red in there. Among the more unusual colors of the other Southern teams the classic blue and red really works here.

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.

Midwestern League:

Chicago Cubs - I never really liked their pinstripes for some reason, so I ditched them. 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.

Cincinnati Reds - Good uniforms and logo, just ditch all the unnecessary black. They get to keep the front numbers as they are a nice balance to the logo on the front.

Cleveland Indians - I agree with the push to dump Chief Wahoo, so the logos are new, basing the primary on their city flag. 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.

Indianapolis Blues - It was a little tricky to come up with their name. They’ve had the minor league Indians for years, but obviously that won’t fly with Cleveland. Then you have historical National and Federal League teams Hoosiers and Blues. Since University of Indiana already has the Hoosiers I went with the Blues, even though they are already in the NHL and it is close to the Blue Jays. Royal blue with some navy accents for the colors. Logos are based on the state and city flags.

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 in a beer keg type design for them.

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 and dump the numbers on the front.

Pacific League:

Anaheim Angels – The way things are now I like the red look, but if I am making league wide changes and switching other teams to red I think I’d put the Angels back to navy as the primary. Also, obviously just going back to Anaheim instead of Los Angeles, since that is where they play and all.

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.

Colorado Rockies - I downplayed the purple making black the primary, also dumped the silver. The pinstripes never really worked for me with Colorado.

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.

Portland Pioneers - The minor league Beavers is pretty good, but you have Oregon State with that name already, plus Pioneers has an old feeling name and is based on a club from the 1860s. Ideally I’d go with some combo of green, yellow, a light blue from the city flag, which I based the logo on, but you already have those colors in the division with the Athletics and Mariners. So royal blue, black, and yellow is unique enough and works. Kept around the beaver logo, I kind of like it even if it doesn’t perfectly mesh with the Pioneer theme, it’s a nod to their baseball history.

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, 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.

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.

San Jose Athletics - They really ought to just let the A's move down to San Jose. In reality they share the same market as the Giants, so the idea that San Jose is exclusively Giants' territory makes no sense, especially since they are actually going to be further away from San Francisco than they are now in Oakland. Uniforms don't change much, just putting SJ on the cap.

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 the city flag (if you can’t tell I like incorporating city iconography into the designs).

Vancouver Mounties - Another old school team being brought back for the majors. A modified version of their old PCL logo plus bringing in the current minor league Canadians logo for a secondary. Red and black matches well with the Mountie theme and no other teams really use that combo.


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  2. Hi, hehe They look cool but only one seems for me to be so funny... the Boston Red Sox don;t you think placing the sox on a ball it wasn't a good idea? The seams on the ball look like the sox smell :P if You now what I mean :) Great post You put so much work in it, thanks for posting, cheers. Guy from Bookmakers bet

  3. Nice work overall!
    Big NO to the Tigers home jersey. That's as timeless as the other ones you left alone.
    Not crazy about the number font for the Giants and Astros reverting to MLB Generic.
    I would not be so dogmatic about the "home city initial on caps only" rule. While it eliminates the mistake Arizona is making currently, it eliminates timeless designs from the White Sox, Blue Jays and Orioles. With Colorado, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Charlotte and the Cubs, does your league really need another stylized C for the Sox?

    1. Thanks. Totally understand on Detroit. They are timeless, I'm just not a fan of the D on the chest. I did some research on the Sox, surprisingly they used a stylized C pretty frequently throughout their history, their current look is just classy that you'd think they've been using it forever. But I'm just a big fan of the teams being heavily associated with their city/region, that's why I go letter logo on the cap.

  4. Nice work, but I disagree with taking away the bridge from the Mets' logo.

    After all, the AL has two "Sox/sock" teams and it's not like people get them confused.

    In addition, Citi Field has the "Shea bridge" as a prominent part of it's theming. And I'm pretty sure there are more bridges in New York than in the bay area.

    Just my two cents worth.

    1. Thanks, very true. It does like sort of empty without the bridge. I had always thought they should try to incorporate the Statue of Liberty in there somehow.

  5. Too much gold on the Pirates logo. Looks like jaundice.

  6. I've tried writing a long and civil explanation,but it keeps kicking me off. I loved all these, but Dallas Rangers is like spitting in the eye of Tarrant County where they play. Dallas fans only show up when they are good. Please fix this. Arlington and Fort Worth thank you. I can't emphasize enough how offensive Dallas Rangers is.

  7. I've tried writing a long and civil explanation,but it keeps kicking me off. I loved all these, but Dallas Rangers is like spitting in the eye of Tarrant County where they play. Dallas fans only show up when they are good. Please fix this. Arlington and Fort Worth thank you. I can't emphasize enough how offensive Dallas Rangers is.

  8. I've tried writing a long and civil explanation,but it keeps kicking me off. I loved all these, but Dallas Rangers is like spitting in the eye of Tarrant County where they play. Dallas fans only show up when they are good. Please fix this. Arlington and Fort Worth thank you. I can't emphasize enough how offensive Dallas Rangers is.

    1. Well if you are actually offended by a uniform design I'm not sure what to say. But after looking into a bit it seems the consensus is their fan base is less in Dallas and more so in the rest of the metroplex. I'll switch it up to Arlington.

  9. These are great. The Padres and Brewers changes need to happen ASAP.

    1. Thanks. I do love the old school brown Padres as well.

  10. Hey great work, very interesting. Some I love, some not as much lol.

    I was wanting to know how you did this, I've always wanted create my own version for NBA, MLB, NFL and more. Just curious if you used a certain program with the templets or what. Thanks

    1. Thanks. Actually I mainly used MS Paint. Also a really old program that came with a scanner I bought in the 90s called iPhoto express, mainly for typeface stuff and resizing of graphics. To create the templates I simply uses existing uniform graphics on the internet and saved them as a 16 color image in paint, that simplified the images such that they could be basic templates and easy to work with using the primative tools in paint. Likewise I did the same with various graphics I found online. It should be pretty easy to save my images and convert them over to templates for you to play around with.