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Twins announce new all-Kasota gold uniform

If you loved the all-powder blue unis, you’ll LOVE these!

With Nike taking over the uniform responsibilities for Major League Baseball, a number of teams have announced new uniforms, whether it be an alternate or an addition to the standard uniform rotation. Minnesota Twins fans got to experience one those announcements this past week as the team revealed that the powder blues from the ‘70s and ‘80s are back as an alternate both at Target Field and on the road. In addition, the Twins announced today that they have added a new uniform set to the main rotation: all-Kasota gold uniforms that will replace the home whites that everyone hates so much.

“We got some great feedback from our fans,” said Dave St Peter, president of the Minnesota Twins, “and we heard that they really missed the pinstripe uniforms that we ditched a few years ago.” St Peter grabbed at a sheet that was covering a mannequin on stage to reveal the new uniform.

“Don’t they look snazzy?” asked St Peter. “We also heard that everyone loves the Kasota gold color that we incorporated starting in 2015, so we though that would be a great, solid color to have with the pinstripe theme.” St Peter went on to say that the hat that would be paired with this uniform would be the old-school lowercase “m” hat with the “m” outlined in the “beloved” Kasota gold.

“At first, the league office said that these were hideous, but we insisted that this is what the fans wanted,” commented Jim Pohlad, owner of the team. “We really think these will fly off the shelves. We have the go-ahead to wear these exclusively at Target Field.”

The uniform bears some resemblance to the former white home uniforms the Twins wore. “Twins” will be on the front of the jersey in navy blue, outlined in red, and shadowed with gray. The player’s name on the back will be the same – minus the gray shadow – while the number will be red and outlined in navy blue while shadowed in gray. The pants will be the resemble the tops – a Kasota gold base with navy blue pinstripes.

Cory Provus, play-by-play for the Treasure Island Baseball Network, said, “I don’t know how I’m going to describe these on the air.”

Bert Blyleven, who has had his time cut down as the color analyst for FOX Sports North, said that if he were asked to wear them, he’d probably cut them up à la Chris Sale.

Our Twinkie Town staff also had some colorful opinions about the new uniforms. Managing editor TJ Gorsegner said, “I’d say this is the worst uniform ever – but hey, at least it has stirrups,” while staff writer TeamCrazyMatt commented, “I hope they aren’t using the color for the jockstraps.”

Greta speculated on how the uniforms were created: “It looks like they used a white uniform to clean dishes that were stained by curry.”

Senior writer SooFoo Fan put it simply, saying, “Needs more Nike logos,” and our draft and minor-league guru Kyle Edelbrock opined, “Looks like a can of caffeine-free Pepsi.”

Writer Jonathan Gamble compared it to a familiar brand in Twins Territory: “It looks like the Carhartt version of regular Twins jerseys.”

There’s no word yet on when these new uniforms will be available for sale.

Arizona Diamondbacks unveil new uniforms for 2020 MLB season

The Diamondbacks are making more changes to their uniforms, moves that further walk back the radical designs they unveiled four years ago.

The club next season no longer will wear dark gray jerseys on the road, and all of their uniforms – home and road – will no longer feature the gradient pattern on the shoulders or down the sides.

“We’ve been really talking about what can we do to the uniforms to really bring the brand forward a little bit more,” said Cullen Maxey, an executive vice president with the club. “Make the brand the attention for the uniform as opposed to maybe some of the treatments to the uniform.”

Maxey called the changes “subtle,” but the differences are easy to spot. The new look appears cleaner, toned down and simplified.

Maxey said the team is moving away from the dark gray uniforms because of how they appeared on television.

“We loved the dark grey whenever we were playing live,” Maxey said. “The color translated and you could read everything – the brand, the number, the name on the uniform. As you probably noticed, we changed some of the lettering kit to make it stand out more on the dark grey. It never translated on television consistently.”

The Diamondbacks made drastic changes to their uniforms after the 2015 season. A year later, they introduced minor tweaks, including eliminating the unusual coloration on the calf area of the pants.

Slimmed down

Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray was among a handful of players to participate in the team’s celebrity golf classic on Friday. Ray was noticeably slimmer.

“I lost 15 pounds of bad weight,” Ray said. “I just started eating healthier. I changed up my diet. I started eating smaller meals more often throughout the day to keep the metabolism going. I just made sure the majority of all of my meals are vegetables. Smaller portions of meat and even smaller portions of carbs, like rice and stuff like that. Fueling my body with more protein, more fiber, stuff like that.”

Ray said he has lost 15 pounds since the end of the season. He thinks his energy and mobility are better as a result.

He weighs about 205 pounds now but actually wants to gain a little weight before the start of next season.

“Probably five to seven pounds, but better weight, not sloppy weight,” he said. “I just started working out this past week. I feel like as I start to work out and build that muscle it’s going to naturally put that five to seven pounds back on.”

Take a look at the Nationals’ new Nike jerseys

Fans who visited the Nationals’ team store were greeted with some new merchandise Friday, when the team’s first official Nike jersey and a new alternate hat were made available.

Jerseys for specific players aren’t yet on sale, so it’s unknown whether the Nationals will feature the players’ numbers underneath the script lettering like they did on their Majestic jerseys. The website calls these white fits their “alternate 2020 authentic team jersey,” so they appear to at least be in the rotation of team gear being worn next season.

The team also released a new hat with the Senators’ W behind a pitcher throwing. This comes a year after Washington created a Spring Training hat that used the same W in front of an outline of the U.S. Capitol building.

Now about those lucky blue alternates finally going on sale…

No changes coming to Cleveland Indians’ uniforms in 2020 despite switch to Nike as manufacturer

The Cleveland Indians will not feature a patch on their jersey sleeves in 2020.

The Block-C isn’t going anywhere soon, but Tribe fans can make way for the swoosh in 2020.

The Cleveland Indians say they will not make any major changes to their uniform design for next season, despite Nike taking over as the exclusive manufacturer for all Major League Baseball on-field apparel.

While Chief Wahoo remains absent, Cleveland’s popular red home alternate jersey introduced last November and the redesigned blue road jersey will return, along with the Block-C cap in both home (blue with red bill) and road (all blue) designs.

The team has elected not to replace the All-Star Game patch on the left sleeve of its jerseys for the upcoming season, choosing instead to leave the sleeve empty. Prior to last season, a Chief Wahoo patch occupied that space on the uniform, but the club moved away from using Wahoo on its uniforms and ballpark signage after 2018.

“We are one of five teams to not have a sleeve patch on any of our jersey tops, and one of eight teams to not have a patch on at least one of our jersey tops,” Indians officials said in a statement via e-mail.

Other clubs without any sleeve patch on their jerseys include the Tigers, Yankees, Cardinals and Blue Jays. Indians officials said they continue to evaluate the potential of introducing an alternate logo, but offered no timetable as to when such a design could debut.

Nike reached agreement with MLB in January on a 10-year deal to replace Majestic, which has been the exclusive supplier of game uniforms since 2005. Teams will now include the Nike swoosh logo on their jersey fronts, typically in the upper right chest area.

On Monday, the Brewers unveiled their redesigned home and road uniforms featuring a return to the “ball-and-glove” M-B logo that was the club’s hallmark during its glory days in the 1980s. Fan response was overwhelmingly positive to the throwback look and feel of the design and color scheme.

Other clubs, including the Reds, White Sox and Yankees have seen their new Nike uniform designs find their way online in the past few weeks. The company became the exclusive provider of NFL uniforms in 2012 and took over NBA uniforms in 2017.

Dodgers Roundtable: Should Alternate Jersey Be Added With Nike Taking Over MLB On-Field Uniforms & Apparel

When Nike took over the NBA apparel contract, it implemented sweeping changes that did away with traditional thinking for home and away uniforms. In its place, Nike designed uniforms that teams could wear

Now the sportswear company is poised to assume control of MLB on-field uniforms and apparel, beginning with the 2020 season. “We’re thrilled to bring more innovation and creativity to Major League Baseball and the incredible athletes who play the game,” VP/GM of Nike North America Tom Peddie said when the 10-year partnership was announced in February.

“This is an exciting time for baseball, and we look forward to partnering with MLB to grow the sport both across America as well as around the globe.”

While there hasn’t been any indication Nike will look to overhaul uniforms like it did with the NBA, it was a topic of discussion for the DodgerBlue.com staff.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have some of the most pristine and recognizable uniforms in professional sports. But is there room for an alternate to be incorporated?

@FutureDodgers

The Dodgers are known for having some of the most iconic uniforms in baseball, and that shouldn’t be discounted when considering new uniforms. However, an alternate jersey that helps honor the Dodgers’ history would be appropriate.

A blue jersey, probably either the light blue Brooklyn ones or the blue ‘LA’ alternate that was worn in a road game during the 1999 season, would be a good once-a-month option. Six times per year would be enough to keep the jerseys fresh, but still prominent enough to center promotional material around them, at least from a team perspective.

Daniel Starkand (@DStarkand)

I would definitely be in favor of the Dodgers adding in an alternate jersey. If I had a say in what that would look like, it would be similar to the blue ones the team wears during Spring Training, but maybe a little nicer materials and quality.

I think the biggest key with alternate jerseys, especially for a team like the Dodgers that already have great home and away uniforms, is to not overwear them. So maybe just a handful of times during the season on Sunday home games or something along those lines.

Matt Borelli (@mcborelli)

With Nike taking over the MLB apparel contract next season, I wouldn’t mind the idea of the Dodgers wearing a new alternate jersey for a few select games.

The current Dodgers uniforms are easily among the best in baseball, so any potential additions would have to be distinctive from the white tops at home and road grays.

Though it would stray from tradition, I think a Dodger blue jersey makes the most sense. This kind of style would be utilized sporadically, preferably for Sunday home games only. The rest of the season would ideally consist of the regular home and away uniforms.

Matthew Moreno (@MMoreno1015)

I also would not be opposed to the Dodgers incorporating some sort of alternate jersey, with the caveat that it’s only for home games. My simple way to go about that without completely disrupting their iconic look is improving the blue jersey worn for Spring Training games.

As it stands, the team technically has two options for road contests — grey “Dodgers” and “Los Angeles” scripts — so adding another jersey for home games isn’t all that radical of a concept.

Jeff Spiegel (@JeffSpiegel)

Look, nobody is a bigger fan of weird jerseys than me. I’m an Oregon Ducks fan. I love the nickname jerseys. I love just about everything outside-the-box when it comes to sports jerseys, and yet the idea of the Dodgers tweaking their jerseys scares me to death.

Their jerseys are literal perfection. The blue. The white. The cursive. The L.A. Pure perfection. In a lot of ways, it’s like Dodger Stadium.

I hear people from San Francisco, etc., talk about how awesome their new stadiums are, and yet we all know that no new stadium can compete with the classics. Same goes for the jerseys. Call me old fashioned, but I hope the Dodger jerseys never change. Ever.

Twins bringing back baby blue uniforms as alternates for 2020 season

The Twins will celebrate their 60th anniversary next year

The AL Central-champion Minnesota Twins will be celebrating their 60th anniversary in 2020, and as part of the ongoing celebration they’ll be dusting off their old powder blue uniforms.

“No uniform in the history of Minnesota Twins baseball drives more fan engagement than the old-school baby blues,” team president Dave St. Peter in a statement released by the club on Monday. “With that popularity in mind, we are excited to bring this uniform back as part of our 60th Season Celebration. It’s going to be fun to watch the 2020 Twins wearing the same look as Twins legends from the 1970s and 1980s.”

The Twins wore those baby blue uniforms on the road from 1973 through 1986. In 2020, they’ll be worn as alternates for both home and road games. As you see above, the uniform — and all other 2020 Twins uniforms — will also include a sleeve patch commemorating the 60th anniversary season. On the opposite sleeve of the baby blue alternates will be the “Minnie and Paul” patch that shows the two representatives of the Twin Cities exchanged pleasantries across the Mississippi River. The new alternate will also make use of the cursive jersey script that was used from from the inaugural 1961 season through 1986 and again on alternates in recent years. Otherwise, the Twins’ home, road, and alternate uniforms from the 2019 season will be unchanged.

As for the team on the field, they’re coming off a 2019 season in which they won 101 games, which is second only to the 102 wins the Twins compiled in 1965. The 2019 Twins, however, were swept by the Yankees in the ALDS and have now lost 16 straight postseason games. An active winter, however, should put the Twins in contention once again, and this time they’ll on occasion look especially natty.

LOOK: Nike swoosh makes MLB jersey debut on Reds’ new alternate uniform

Nike is taking over the league’s jersey manufacturer next season

Starting next season Nike will replace Majestic as MLB’s official jersey manufacturer. The deal was officially announced this past January — Under Armour had a deal in place before Nike, but had to back out — and runs from 2020-29.

As part of the new agreement, the iconic Nike swoosh will now be front and center on MLB jerseys, and we got out first look at it on Friday. The Cincinnati Reds announced their new alternate jersey is on sale at the team store and the Nike swoosh is featured prominently:

The Nike swoosh is coming to MLB jerseys in 2020.

The Majestic logo appeared on the left sleeve of player jerseys previously. The Yankees managed to get an exemption — they successfully argued their jerseys are too iconic for a manufacturer’s logo — but no such luck this time. All 30 clubs will have the Nike swoosh on the chest of their jerseys beginning in 2020.

Frankly, it’s hard to believe it took so long for MLB to begin placing advertisements — that’s essentially what this is, advertising — on their jerseys. MLB finds a way to monetize everything and putting ads on jerseys is a logical step. A few years ago the New Era logo appeared on the left side of player caps. Now the Nike swoosh is on jersey fronts.

Baseball fans will undoubtedly be irate over the new Nike swoosh. Had it simply replaced the Majestic logo on the sleeve, I don’t think anyone would care. But, because it is so prominent and potentially clashes with the team logo — doesn’t it look like an accent over the R in Reds? — I suspect most fans will hate it. Eventually, we’ll get used to it. We don’t have a choice.