Got a tweet the other night from reader Ross Wallace, who asked me — and also Phil — for an estimate of how many MLB players go high-cuffed. As you can see in the replies to Ross’s tweet, Phil and I both estimated the figure to be somewhere in the 15 to 20 percent range.
But is that really accurate?
Let’s try to find out. I’m asking you, the Uni Watch readership, to help us come up with a reasonably accurate count of how many high-cuffers can currently be found on MLB rosters — a high-cuffer census, so to speak — so we can get a sense of the current state of baseball’s lower-leg stylings.
I’m saying “reasonably accurate count” for two reasons. First, MLB rosters are always in flux due to injuries, trades, minor league options, and so on. More importantly, some players will go high-cuffed one day and pajama-style the next. How do we account for those players? I have my own ideas about that, as you’ll see in a minute, but there’s a big “Your mileage may vary” factor here.
Let’s see how this plays out with the team I’m best equipped to handle, the Mets:
• As we’ve often discussed here on the site, David Wright goes high-cuffed for day games but low-cuffed for night games. Obviously, day games constitute less than half of the team’s schedule, but I’m going to credit Wright as half a high-cuffer because he has a specific protocol, which counts for something in my book.
• The Mets also have several players who go high-cuffed on an occasional basis (in some cases on a very occasional basis), including Yoenis CÃ©spedes, Neil Walker, Wilmer Flores, Juan Lagares, and Lucas Duda. Based on how often they show their socks, I’d say these five players add up to the equivalent of one high-cuffer.
So the Mets, by my count, have 3.5 high-cuffers on their 25-man roster. That’s 14%, just below the range Phil and I estimated as the MLB average.
So that’s one team down, 29 to go. Would you like to participate by tracking the high-cuffery on your favorite team? If so, send info to firstname.lastname@example.org (please note that this is not the usual Uni Watch email address). You don’t have to link to photos of the players like I did — just provide a count of your team’s high-cuffers and explain how you arrived at it.
A few additional ground rules:
• For the purposes of this census, an everyday player and a bench player count the same.
• Ditto for a starting pitcher and a reliever. In short, some players may get more on-field time than others, but each player on the 25-man roster will be treated equally in this census.
• If you happen to be tracking the Giants, it will be tempting to count Hunter Pence as more than one player. But he’s still only one.
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New Jazz logos: The T-shirt photo shown above, which I obtained exclusively from an industry source, shows the new logos for the Utah Jazz. My understanding is that they will be officially unveiled today.
The one on the left is basically one of their existing secondary logos with “Utah” added, which means it’s basically the same as the primary logo they used for their first 17 years in Utah (1979-96), except with a new color scheme, an updated font for “Utah,” and a slight tweak to the basketball icon. New version on top, old one on the bottom:
Although I haven’t 100% confirmed this, it appears that this will now become the primary logo, replacing this design. Addition by subtraction.
The other logo is, you know, another roundel, because why not.
Update, 11:15am Eastern: Sure enough, the Jazz have unveiled their new logos — but in a surprise move, they’ve also released new uniforms and a new court design. Full details here. I’ll have more thoughts on this tomorrow.
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That’s “option-u” on your keyboard: As you can see above, the Vikings announced yesterday that wide receiver Moritz Boehringer would start using the Germanic spelling of his surname — that’s BÃ¶hringer, with an umlaut – on his jersey. This is the latest in a recent flurry of moves by athletes to honor their ethnic heritage by adding diacritical marks to their NOBs. I’ll have an ESPN piece about this later today — link coming soon. (Update: The piece is now up.)
Big day for the CFL: The CFL is switching its official outfitter from Reebok to Adidas (although it’s unclear how much that really matters, since the latter owns the former) and will release a bunch of new uniforms at 11am Eastern today. My understanding is that many but not necessarily all of the league’s nine teams will have new designs. I haven’t seen them yet, but I’ll be getting photos later this morning and will tweet them to coincide with the 11am release, so keep an eye on my feed.
There will be an unveiling event this evening in Montreal, so expect more photos and info to be circulating around that time.
Serious question: Do many of you folks care about CFL uniforms? I don’t mean that in a disparaging way toward either the league or its fans — I’m just curious to get a sense of whether the CFL is on Uni Watch readers’ radar. It’s not a league I follow or watch, so I admit that there’s a certain “Out of sight, out of mind” factor, but that’s just me. What about you folks? Feel free to speak up in today’s comments.
By Mike Chamernik
Baseball News: The Braves debuted their satin unis 70 years ago yesterday. … Check out this old baseball-themed political cartoon, featuring Abe Lincoln (from Steven Tatar). … The Moorhead Miners, a team in Minnesota, unveiled new retro-looking jerseys (from Dan Brookens). … The Pecos League’s Tucson Saguaros are letting fans name the team’s cactus mascot (from @pdivision). … The Triple-A Charlotte Knights will wear jerseys with pink plaid this Saturday (from Brian Baltosiewich). … Go here to vote for New Jersey’s best high school baseball cap (from 213 Miles From Shea). … Also, vote for the best NJ high school softball uniform while you’re at it! (From Jeremy Schneider.) … The Double-A Harrisburg Senators will wear Twister unis for Family Game Night. I showed that photo to my buddy Xavi and he said “You sure that’s not Wonder Bread?” … Braves OF Mallex Smith left the headwear size sticker on his batting helmet last night (from @somemoreofwhat). … A Mets fan got a tattoo to honor Bartolo Colon’s home run this past weekend (from Phil). … New uniforms for the Rakuten Eagles.
NFL News: The Bills will retire Bruce Smith’s No. 78. Buffalo only has one other retired number: Jim Kelly’s No. 12 (from Brinke). … This Reddit thread is filled with really odd NFL merchandise. … With the Browns’ rookies having received their uni number assignments, one writer reminisced about what certain Browns numbers remind him of (from Jason Hillyer). … Tim Dunn found a shot of Baltimore Colts QBs putting on their stirrups and sannies. “Note that Unitas has his stirrups over his bare feet, then putting on outer white sanitary socks,” he says. “Morrall on the other hand looks to be going sanitary sock, stirrup, then sanitary sock.” … St. Louis fans had the Rams’ move rubbed in their faces a bit last night when the Cardinals played a game in Anaheim and a Rams ad appeared behind home plate. (By very odd coincidence, that was followed by a Dodge Ram ad!) … You’ve heard of game-used jerseys? Here’s a draft-used chair (from John Gogarty).
College and High School Football News: Pitt held a photo shoot for its new uniforms. A blue top is rumored to be one of the new jerseys. They will be revealed next week. … An Omaha resident, citing environmental concerns, is suing Nebraska over the school’s tradition of releasing balloons after the Cornhuskers score their first touchdown (from Andrew Cosentino). … Florida is working with Riddell on designing custom-fit 3D-modeled helmets (from Phil). … Here are Tulane’s new uni combos (from Miles Patrick). … Voters in Texas have approved a $63 million football stadium — for a high school.
Basketball News: Raptors G DeMar DeRozan’s thumb has been acting up, so he wrapped it with a shoelace. … In the late 1960s, Kent State wore jerseys with lightning bolts on the shoulders. The school’s nickname is the Golden Flashes (from Aaron Davenport). … Here’s a look at the Knicks’ uniform history as shown on trading cards (from Jeff Wilk).
Soccer News: A few people sent this in: Chelsea will split from Adidas at the end of next season, even though there will be six years left on their contract. … Real Madrid tops the list of the most valuable jersey advertisement deals in soccer (from Phil). … Cesar Montes, a defender for CF Monterrey in Mexico, wears a triple-digit number (from Dave Leiphart). … U.S. goaltender Hope Solo will participate in the Rio Olympics, but she will stay at the team hotel because she doesn’t want to catch the Zika virus. … Bayern Munich’s new home jersey will have a collar (from Phil). … Jersey malfunction last night for a Colorado Rapids player. … Aberdeen FC has retired the seat of a longtime fan who was famous for wearing mismatched socks (from @the_boot_room). … The new Celtic home strip puts former the primary mark on the back and the new primary on the front.
Grab Bag: The U.S. Olympic Rowing Team will wear hi-tech suits to protect against Zika (from Phil). … Instagram has a new logo (from Andrew Cosentino). … Here’s all the Indycar liveries for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis this weekend (from Tim Dunn). … Aggressive tattoos are in fashion (from Tommy Turner). … A South Carolina high school’s graduating class will wear blue and white caps and gowns covered in words and phrases in orange lettering (from James Campbell). … A group of black female West Point cadets who had been threatened with disciplinary action after posing for raised-fist photos while in uniform will not face discipline after all. … Yale is switching to Under Armour, so the Bulldogs are selling all their outdated Nike gear. … Interesting article on the implications of Bill Clinton’s wardrobe as the presidential campaign heats up (from Phil). … Africa’s first gay rugby team is running an ad campaign in which the players embrace anti-gay slurs (from Tommy Turner).