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The Results of Our MLB High-Cuff Census

Back on May 12, I wrote that Phil and I both estimated that about 15 to 20 percent of MLB players went high-cuffed, and then I proposed that we try to confirm or disprove that by doing a team-by-team count to see what the percentage of high-cuffers really is. Today we’re going to see the results of that count.

Counting high-cuffers is an extremely inexact science. So before we dive in, I strongly recommend that you take a minute to re-read the May 12 entry, just to reacquaint yourself with all the vagaries and grey areas we’re dealing with here.

A few notes:

• I received reports from 37 readers, covering 16 of the MLB teams (there was a lot of duplication and overlap). If you add in my Mets report from the original May 12 entry, that gives us coverage of 17 rosters — more than half of the 30 MLB teams.

• Most of the reports were submitted on May 12 (apparently everyone was very eager!). Obviously, rosters have changed since then due to injuries, trades, players being released or sent down to the minors, etc. So the high-cuffer count for a given team might have changed between May 12 and now. And that’s fine — these reports are just snapshots of a particular moment. But there’s no reason to think it’s an unrepresentative moment. In other words, while the players may have shuffled around a bit since May 12, I suspect the overall numbers would likely shake out pretty much the same if we did the counts again today.

• It was interesting to see how multiple people covering the same team sometimes arrived at different numbers. There’s only one team I follow on a daily basis (the Mets), so I’m not really qualified to say which is the “right” assessment of high-cuffery for a given team. I decided to accept all of the reader-submitted numbers in good faith, and I averaged the numbers when I received multiple reports for a given team.

• As noted earlier, counting high-cuffers is a highly inexact exercise — all the more so when we have 37 different counters, each of whom may be interpreting and counting in a different way. So this count is by no means definitive; it’s just a starting point to give us some frame of reference for future discussions.

Okay, enough preliminaries. Here are the results of our project:

National League East

Mets. I handled this one one myself back on May 12. The number I came up with was 3.5

Nationals. Submitted by Douglas Cunningham on May 12:

Oliver Perez: high-cuffed
Stephen Strasburg: high-cuffed
Tanner Roark: high-cuffed
Wilson Ramos: high cuffed day, pajama night
Ryan Zimmerman: high cuffed less than 50% of the time

If we count Ramos and Zimmerman as 0.5 apiece, that gives us a total of 4.

I also received a report from Todd Allen-Gifford, who came up with 6.

If we take the average of those numbers, we get 5.

Phillies. Submitted by Hank Siarczynski on May 12:

Freddy Galvis
Andres Blanco (mostly high-cuffed)
Cesar Hernandez (occasionally)
Peter Bourjos

If we count “mostly” as 0.75 and “occasionally” as 0.25, that gives us a total of 3.

I also received a report from Chris Fox, who also came up with 3.

National League Central

Cardinals. Submitted by Josh Claywell on May 12:

Having gone through almost the entire season’s worth of pics on various sites, Randal Grichuk is the only Cardinal I can find going high-cuffed on a regular basis. But looking at pics from last several days and he’s gone with the pajama look.

So let’s call that 0.8.

I also received a report from Bryce Krug, who came up with 2.

If we take the average of those two numbers, we get 1.4.

Cubs. Submitted by Jordan Cutler on May 12:

Here’s my count for the Cubs:

Javier Baez (usually but not always high cuffed):
Jorge Soler (has favored high cuffs this season)
Dexter Fowler (also pretty reliably high-cuffed this year)
Jason Heyward (goes high-cuffed about half the time)

If we count Baez as 0.75 and Heyward as 0.5, that gives us a total of 3.25.

Jordan Cutler also submitted a report and came up with 2.

If we take the average of those numbers, we get 2.6.

Pirates. Submitted by John Dankosky on May 13:

Always high-cuffed: Sean Rodriguez, Francisco Cervelli. Both wear solid black socks.

Often high-cuffed: Andrew McCutchen, Josh Harrison. Both wear the alternate striped socks, although I’ve seen both in solid black this year. Gregory Polanco has worn the solid black socks quite a bit this year.

Sometimes high cuffed: Starlilng Marte wears the blacks now and again. Can’t figure out his pattern. Gerrit Cole usually doesn’t go high-cuffed, but wears the stripes now and again, including on “pink day,” which looked terrible. Same with Jeff Locke. Juan Nicasio has, I believe, worn both sock styles this year.

If we count the “Often” players as 0.5 and the “Sometimes” players as 0.25, we get a total of 4.5.

National League West

Giants. Submitted by Sean Robbins on May 12:

Sergio Romo
Hunter Pence.
Brandon Belt

So that gives us a total of 3.

I also received a report from James Heiple, who came up with 3.5.

If we take the average of those numbers, we get 3.25.

Padres. Submitted by Martha Cary on May 12:

Brad Hand
Adam Rosales

So that gives us a total of 2.

I also received reports from Jared Buccola (who also came up with 2) and Doug Mulliken (3).

If we take the average of those numbers, we get 2.3.

American League East

Blue Jays. Submitted by Michael Duffy on May 12:

Five players go high-cuffed on a daily basis for the bluebirds:

R.A. Dickey
Marco Estrada
Brett Cecil
Drew Storen
Kevin Pillar

That gives us a total of 5.

Mike Guterman also submitted a report and also came up with 5.

Orioles. Submitted by Adam Spangler on May 12:

At this time, I can only recognize four players on the current 25-man roster who I would consider true high-cuffers:

Adam Jones
Tyler Wilson
Ubaldo Jimenez
Jonathan Schoop

So that gives us a total of 4.

I also received reports from Marcus Hall (who came up with 3.5), Chris Fox (4), and and Vernona Elms (1.75).

If we average out all the numbers, we get 3.3.

Red Sox. Submitted by Chris Cameron on May 12:

Full-Time High-Cuffers
Xander Bogaerts
Chris Young
Brock Holt

Part-Timer
David Price

So that gives us a total of 3.5.

I also received reports from Andy Chalifour (who came up with 4) and Kevin Zdancewicz (4.25).

If we take the average of those numbers, we get 3.9.

Yankees. Submitted by Chris LaBella on May 12:

Austine Romine, sometimes
Starlin Castro, sometimes
Did Gregorius, sometimes
Ronland Torreyes, sometimes
Brett Gardner, always
Aaron Hicks, sometimes

If we count the “sometimes” guys as half a high-cuffer apiece, that gives us 3.5.

I also received reports from Michael Candelmo (who came up with 3), Josh Claywell (2.5), and Kieran Kelly (3).

If we take the average of those numbers, we get 3.

American League Central

Indians. Submitted by Jeff Cola on May 12:

Trevor Bauer: 1 (striped socks)
Michael Brantley: 0.5 (striped socks)
Kyle Crockett: 1 (striped and plain socks, I think)
Rajai Davis: 1 (striped and plain socks)
Jason Kipnis: 0.5 (striped socks)
Corey Kluber: 0.5 (striped socks)
Francisco Lindor: 1 (striped stirrups)
Zach McAllister: 0.25 (pretty rare; plain socks)
Jose Ramirez: 0.5 (striped and plain socks)
Danny Salazar: 1 (striped stirrups and high top shoes)
Carlos Santana: 0.5 (biker shorts or extreme pajama; plain socks)
Bryan Shaw: 1 (mix of striped stirrups and striped/plain socks)

Total: 8.75

I also received reports from Ed Hahn (who came up with 11) and Brandon Bush (7).

If we take the average of those numbers, we get 8.9.

White Sox. Submitted by Charles Noerenberg on May 12:

Some of the time
Zach Duke
Brett Lawrie
Carlos Sanchez

Almost always
David Robertson
Avisail Garcia

If we count the “Some of the timers” as 0.5, that gives us a total of 3.5.

I also received a report from Ryan Lindemann, who came up with one full-timer and a few very infrequent “dabblers,” so let’s call that 1.75.

If we take the average of those numbers, we get 2.6.

American League West

Astros. Submitted by Matthew McCormack on May 12:

By my count, the Astros have five players who almost always go high-cuffed. They are Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Colby Rasmus, George Springer, and bullpen pitcher Pat Neshek.

The Astros also have a few more players who occasionally go high-cuffed: Mike Fiers, Evan Gattis, Carlos Gomez, Marwin Gonzalez, and Luis Valbeuna. I would safely say that these players would all add up to one more high-cuffer.

So that gives us a total of 6.

Mariners. Submitted by Karim Mourad on May 12:

These are the Mariners players who wear high cuffs for every game:

Taijuan Walker
Seth Smith
Leonys Martin
Steve Cishek
Ketel Marte
Felix Hernandez
Luis Sardinas

So that gives us a total of 7.

I also received a report from Kenny Ocker, who came up with 6.5.

If we take the average of those numbers, we get 6.75.

Rangers. Submitted by Benton Payne on May 12:

Daily
Rougned Odor (Socks)
Ian Desmond (Stirrups)
Tom Wilhelmsen (Socks)

Sometimes
Derek Holland
Delino DeShields
Alex Claudio
Ryan Rua
Hanser Alberto

If we count the “Sometimes” players as 0.5 apiece, that gives us a total of 5.5.

Corey Patterson also submitted a report and came up with 7.

If we take the average of those numbers, we get 6.25

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If we add all the totals together and average them by the 17 teams we covered, the result is that the typical 25-man roster has 4.19 high-cuffers.

That amounts to 16.7 percent of the roster, which is (a) right in that 15 to 20 percent range that Phil and I both estimated back in May and (b) a pathetically low number. MLB needs more high-cuffers!

Big thanks to everyone who took the time to submit a report — you’re all awesome. Sorry it took so long for me to circle back to this one, and hope it was worth the wait.

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Timberwolves-redesign contest: The Timberwolves reportedly have a rebranding redesign in the works (very welcome news, since they’ve been one of the NBA’s worst-looking teams for what feels like forever), so I’m going to run a new design contest for them. The official announcement will come later today on ESPN, but here are the basics:

• Your entry must include a primary logo and full home and road uniforms. If you like, you can also include secondary logos and an alternate uniform, but those aren’t required.

• The NBA will begin allowing advertising patches on team uniforms in 2017-18, so your designs may include ad patches if you like. The NBA’s rules for the uniform advertising program call for the patches to be 2 ½- by-2 ½ inches and positioned on the upper-left chest area, so your ad patches should conform to that format. You can use the logo of a real company, or you can simply include a square patch that says, “AD.” (You can also choose to go ad-free, since the uniform advertising program is voluntary.)

• Your designs can be created in any digital or analog medium (Illustrator, Photoshop, crayon, whatever) and can be submitted in any standard digital format (JPG, PDF, TIFF, etc.). You can also create a video presentation and upload it to YouTube if you like.

• The files you submit should be named after yourself (PaulLukas.jpg, for example). If you’re submitting multiple files, please either number them (PaulLukas1.jpg, PaulLukas2.jpg, etc.) or use some other designation (PaulLukas-homeuni.jpg, PaulLukas-logo.jpg, etc.). Files that don’t follow this format will not be considered.

• In keeping with long-standing Uni Watch chromatic policy, entries including even a hint of the color purple will not be accepted.

• Email your entry to Uni Watch HQ. If you have more than one concept, feel free to enter as many times as you like.

• Deadline: next Wednesday, July 27, 7pm Eastern.

The best entries will be showcased in an upcoming Uni Watch column. Get crackin’!

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All-Star cap switcheroo explained: As you may recall, one oddity from last week’s MLB All-Star Game was that Pirates pitcher Mark Melancon was wearing a Mets BP cap while posing for the National League team portrait. A Pirates beat reporter finally got the explanation from Melancon, and reader Jerry Wolper has provided a transcription:

“I had no hat to wear,” Melancon said. “(The clubbie) was going to get the new one that fit, but he had to go all the way to the home side. I had no time. I was going to miss the picture completely. As I was running out there, I grabbed a ball boy and said, ”˜Let me borrow your hat.’ It happened to be a Mets hat.”

And there you have it.

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Raffle update: The winner of the White Sox cap is Dermot Sullivan. Congrats to him, and thanks to all who entered.

Our next ’47 cap up for raffle is this Cardinals pillbox snapback:

To enter, send an email with your name and shipping address to this address (not to the usual Uni Watch email address, please) by 8pm Eastern TODAY. One entry per person. I’ll announce the winner tomorrow, and I’ll also announce tomorrow’s raffle cap, and then we’ll keep repeating that process for each remaining weekday this month. If you win one of the raffles, please be nice enough to step aside and stop entering the remaining ones. Thanks.

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The color that won’t go away: I’ve been bemoaning the spread of neon/fluorescent/highlighter colors throughout the uni-verse for a while now. And if what I saw over the weekend is any indication, the colors are spreading beyond the confines of the sports world.

On Saturday night I saw one of my favorite bands, the Muffs, who were playing at Monty Hall in Jersey City (more on that later). As they set up their gear to prepare for their set, I was surprised to see bassist Ronnie Barnett — a smart guy who should really know better — using a neon cord:

Et tu, Ronnie?

One of my biggest gripes about neon colors is that they’re not found in nature and therefore tend to clash with other, more “normal” tones. But I may have to revise that line of thought after what I saw yesterday afternoon, when some friends and I went to the Staten Island Zoo, where I saw some sort of goose (there was no placard listing the exact species, unfortunately) with what I can only describe as a neon-toned beak:

Trust me, those pics don’t fully capture how unmistakably neon-like the bird’s beak was. Was this Nike’s new volt goose or something? Creepy.

As for the rest of the zoo, here are a few (neon-free) highlights:

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StripeRite reminder: In case you missed it last week, I’ve partnered with Scott Turner and American Trench to produce a new line of crew socks with great stripe patterns down toward the ankle, where everyone will be able to see them:

The socks are available here, and there’s lots of additional info here.

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The Ticker
By Alex Hider

Baseball News: Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig wore awesome Vin Scully cleats yesterday. ESPN’s Doug Padilla followed up with a whole piece about them (from Denis Costello). … This may have come up before, but RJ points out that former MLBer Willie Horton made V-necks out of his Tigers and Indians pullovers, and turned his Mariners jersey into a Henley. … Kansas City’s Jarrod Dyson wears his sunglasses Guy Fieri-style (from Tyler). … Ben Wiele found some really weird Giants merch at Target. … Anyone know what size cap Cameron Maybin wears? It’s huge! (From Scott Novosel.) … Rene Rivera of the Mets has a strap that keeps his catcher’s mitt attached to his arm (from Gregg Girard). … Josh Murphy wrote a blog post about the tweaks he would make to each MLB team’s unis. … The Bowie Baysox dressed up like their parent club for Orioles Pride Day. I guess you don’t need to make it to The Show to wear the uniform. Speaking of the Baysox, are they announcing a uni makeover today? (From Gregory Koch.) … The Akron Rubberducks and the Erie Seawolves went color-on-color yesterday (from Connor Kiesel). … The Orix Buffaloes will wear throwback unis this September. The franchise was known as the Hankyu Braves from 1947-1988, and the Orix Braves from 1988-1989 (from Max Gittelson). … Anthony Perry took in a baseball game in which both teams appeared to be wearing matching Tequila Sunrise jerseys. … Ray Mabus, secretary of the Navy, is the believed to be the only person to throw out a first pitch at all 30 ballparks . … The Reds keep changing their mound logo. On Friday it was a red wishbone-C, Saturday it was a white wishbone-C, and Sunday it was, well, what is that exactly? Looks related to last year’s All-Star Game logo (all this from Joanna Zwiep). … Also from Joanna: Reds 3B coach Billy Hatcher was wearing stirrups on Friday. When’s the last time a coach did that? … Cubs OF Albert Almora Jr. has been wearing a wedding band — probably one of those Qalo rings — on the field. … The LG Twins — that’s a Korean team — has some plaid jerseys in the works.

College Football News: New uniforms for Hampton (from David Otungya). … A judge has thrown out a lawsuit involving Nebraska’s tradition of releasing balloons before a game. The case alleged that the tradition was causing harm to children and wildlife (from @GKG_77). … Pat Davis points out that the Big XII used an outdated Texas Tech logo in a Twitter graphic.

Hockey News: Great catch by Fred Teigen, who spotted Bruins players wearing inconsistent collar styles in this 1974-74 photo. That’s Bobby Orr with the V-neck, which was the team’s collar style that season, and goalie Ken Broderick with the lace-up collar (which was probably a leftover jersey from the previous season).

Soccer News: A judge in Italy has ruled that Juventus must pay Nike two million Euros for an unauthorized apparel release. (from K.L.). … Looks like New York Red Bulls’ keeper Luis Robles was having some sleeve issues (from Ian Gerig).

Grab Bag: Report: The Golden State Warriors are willing to sell their souls for $20 million. … The Saskatchewan Roughriders wore their fauxbacks on Saturday night. Nice, no? (From Wade Heidt.) … Really good look at the fashion of cycling. Definitely recommended (from Paul and Drew Stiling). … Is Rory McIlroy being held back on the golf course because of his tight shirts? Johnny Miller thinks so (from Adam Vicavage). … Apparently, Andy Murray doesn’t have to wear the Mark of the Beast for UK’s Davis Cup team, and he can wear an Under Armour cap (from Chris Morris). … The All Blacks are slated to get new rugby kits this season. … “While watching the Sprint Cup post-race, I noticed the Whelen Modified Tour patch on Ryan Newman’s right shoulder,” writes Bryan Moore. “Newman ran the Whelen Modified race on Saturday, and also had Whelen as his Sprint Cup race sponsor, but he apparently forgot to put on the Sprint Cup patch before the start of the race. Interestingly, when Sprint Cup drivers run lower series, they tend to use their Sprint Cup suits with sewn-on Sprint patch and put a stick-on series patch over the Sprint logo for the lower race. Here it looks like he had the Whelen patch sewn on, with no Sprint Cup patch to start.”

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What Paul did last night two nights ago: As I mentioned earlier, I saw the Muffs on Saturday night. They’re a very uniform-y band: Singer/guitarist Kim Shattuck always wears a babydoll dress, thigh-highs, and red nail polish; bassist Ronnie Barnett usually wears a V-neck sweater (but takes it off once he overheats onstage); and drummer Roy McDonald often wears a horizontally striped T-shirt.

I remember exactly where I was when I first heard a Muffs song in August of 1993, and they pushed my buttons right from that first tune. They’ve been favorites of mine ever since, and I’ve probably seen them between 15 and 20 times over the years. Although I don’t know them personally, at this point they almost seem like family, so I freely admit that I’m not particularly objective about them, but holy shit were they good on Saturday night. Here are some of the tunes they played:

I also really liked one of the opening bands, the Low Doses, a bunch of New Jersey kids who’ve apparently listened to a lot of first-wave punk albums released before they were born. Frontman Ryan Masterson is a pretty slick guitarist and has a totally affected vocal sneer that I happen to find very endearing. Here’s a photo of them and their best song:

72 comments to The Results of Our MLB High-Cuff Census

  • Alex Dewitt | July 18, 2016 at 8:49 am |

    My university (Northwood Michigan Campus) was sued by the NBA about their Timberwolves logo. In fact you can see the lasting implications of the old logo at the school still on the football stadium here: ( http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3719/19939494469_6da2fab490_m.jpg ) on the left. You can kind of see the colors of the logo are close to Minnesota’s logo even though that logo for Northwood came around a couple years before the NBA Timberwolves created that look. The school colors are actually Columbia Blue, Navy Blue, and White. It’s a strange story for my alma mater.

    As a Cardinals Fan that cap would be awesome!

  • Rob S | July 18, 2016 at 8:49 am |

    Every link in the Baseball section following the SECNAV first pitch story have bad links. For some reason, today’s Uni Watch URL is part of each link.

    • Rob S | July 18, 2016 at 8:58 am |

      The Bruins collar link has the same issue.

      • Rob S | July 18, 2016 at 9:01 am |

        And the Ryan Newman link. That appears to be it on the bad links.

    • Paul Lukas | July 18, 2016 at 9:04 am |

      Try it now – should be fixed.

      • BurghFan | July 18, 2016 at 9:06 am |

        Reds link is fixed, but not subsequent ones.

        • Paul Lukas | July 18, 2016 at 9:11 am |

          OK, *now* it should be fixed.

        • BurghFan | July 18, 2016 at 9:15 am |

          Everything but “last year’s All-Star Game logo” looks good.

        • Paul Lukas | July 18, 2016 at 9:19 am |

          Working on a new computer and am having some weird issues. I *think* I’ve now caught everything. Keep me posted if you spot anything else amiss.

        • Daren L | July 18, 2016 at 9:38 am |

          The link for Billy Hatcher’s stirrups is now a duplicate of the previous link to last year’s All-Star logo.

        • Paul Lukas | July 18, 2016 at 9:43 am |

          OK, that one isn’t a coding issue — just the wrong link. Here’s the right one:
          https://mlblogsramsey.files.wordpress.com/2016/07/billyhatcherstirrups.jpg

          Fixed in text as well.

        • Daren L | July 18, 2016 at 9:48 am |

          Thanks, Paul! But now I notice that the link for the LG Twins goes to Twitter page that doesn’t exist.

        • Paul Lukas | July 18, 2016 at 9:56 am |

          Fixed.

        • walter | July 18, 2016 at 9:49 am |

          Billy Hatcher link connects to ASG logo.

        • Paul Lukas | July 18, 2016 at 9:57 am |

          Already fixed.

        • Michael | July 18, 2016 at 7:32 pm |

          The NZ rugby kits link directs to the navy 30 first pitch guy story

  • Tony Crespo | July 18, 2016 at 8:55 am |

    Astros are in the ALW not the ALC

  • Jedd | July 18, 2016 at 8:55 am |

    Is there a specific reason you have the Astros in the American League Central? They currently play in the AL West.

    • Paul Lukas | July 18, 2016 at 9:00 am |

      Sorry — will fix.

  • Rob S | July 18, 2016 at 8:57 am |

    Also, a quick Google search regarding your neon-billed friend turned up this: the Cape Barren goose, native to the coasts of southern Australia.

    • Paul Lukas | July 18, 2016 at 9:05 am |

      Ah, nice — thanks for sleuthing that out!

  • BurghFan | July 18, 2016 at 9:04 am |

    Proofreading: “Ray Malbus, secretary of the Navy” Mabus
    “Cubs OF Alert Almora Jr.” While that’s not a bad name, it’s Albert

    • Paul Lukas | July 18, 2016 at 9:05 am |

      Fixed.

      • BurghFan | July 18, 2016 at 9:08 am |

        You got it to “Ablert”. (It happens.)

  • Dumb Guy | July 18, 2016 at 9:06 am |

    “I was surprised to see bassist Ronnie Barnett – a smart guy who should really know better – using a neon cord:”

    Yeah, he should have been going wireless.

    • KC | July 18, 2016 at 9:32 am |

      Well, sure, if he likes altered frequency response, noise, and a different impedance shown to his classic tube amp.

      • Dumb Guy | July 18, 2016 at 9:37 am |

        I thought that was part of their “sound”. ;^)

    • Omar Jalife | July 18, 2016 at 9:51 am |

      Although the venue seems well lit, it might have to do with trying to avoiding tripping on stage. A black cable is hard to see on the floor, while neon must be pretty easy to see and walk over

  • Chicago Shep | July 18, 2016 at 9:08 am |

    From a musician’s point of view on the neon issue…

    I use easily distinguished different colored cables in my rig for practical reasons, and I would assume that Ronnie Barnett is doing the same thing. (He has three different colors visible in the picture.) When using different instruments — and I never have less than two during a gig in case something was to malfunction — and multiple pedals into your amp or sound system, it can be impossible to quickly locate the right line in stage-lit conditions unless you are using colorful cables. If a guitar comes unplugged, a change is necessary, or a handoff needs to be made for tuning, finding the brightest cable is, for me, a matter of performance rather than aesthetics. For what it’s worth, I have a “vintage color” cloth-wrapped cable that appears neon in certain lighting conditions, even though it’s mustardy in normal light.

    • AlMaFi | July 18, 2016 at 9:19 am |

      Yep. Also it would take away the minor annoyance of trying to figure out which cord is yours during set-up/take-down. Seems trivial, but once someone has played thousands of gigs, those little moments of annoyance add up.

      When I’m choosing something like a phone case or water bottle, I try to pick the brightest color possible just to facilitate easy location. With kids in the house, clutter is constant and bright/unique colors are more for practicality than aesthetics.

      With that being said, I can see Paul’s point about the cord being part of the musician’s public display, in which case aesthetics are important. I’d be curious to know Ronnie Barnett’s thoughts on the cord choice. Maybe he likes how it looks too.

      • RSB | July 18, 2016 at 11:19 am |

        If he plays in a band called The Muffs, which play a punkish style of music, it’d appropriate that he not give a single fuck what it looked like or what anyone thought.

        RSB

        • Todd | July 18, 2016 at 11:56 am |

          exactly what I was thinking. I don’t think he cares.

  • Dumb Guy | July 18, 2016 at 9:11 am |

    “Kansas City’s Jarrod Dyson wears his sunglasses Guy Fieri-style ”

    Not sure if this praise, just an observation, or ridicule.

    It deserves the last one.

  • AlMaFi | July 18, 2016 at 9:26 am |

    When I read the thing about including/allowing ad patches on the T-Wolves redesign contest, Target corporation jumped to mind immediately.

    No doubt that there will be several submissions featuring the round Target logo. In recent years, wolf-hunting has reared its ugly head in the Upper Midwest, so the connotations will be disturbing.

  • Andrew P Huebner | July 18, 2016 at 9:35 am |

    As a Twin Cities resident, I couldn’t agree more that the Wolves need a redesign. That old blue and green combo from the early 90’s was highly underrated and are two colors not common in the big four sports.

    • walter | July 18, 2016 at 10:44 am |

      IIRC, The Mavericks had the blue+green color scheme when the Timberwolves joined the league. Sadly, every team that takes those colors seems to regret it: True, the NHL Canucks use blue and green, but not after a lot of wandering in the dark. And I don’t count the Seahawks’ tortuous reading of the Pantone catalog.

    • arrScott | July 18, 2016 at 3:46 pm |

      Unfortunately, the Bucs have already claimed exactly the color scheme the Wolves should have gone to.

  • boxcarvibe | July 18, 2016 at 9:50 am |

    Bummer, I missed the high cuff assignment. Had I known there was a survey going on, I would have scouted the Tigers and Braves, both of whom are missing from the roll call.

    For the Tigers, I could have added Cameron Maybin, Ian Kinsler, Nick Castellanos, James McCann, Justin Verlander, and a few others.

    The Braves on the other hand only have Chace d’Arnaud who is a regular.

    • Amos Willingham | July 19, 2016 at 7:23 pm |

      Jace Peterson, Tyrell Jenkins, Julio Teheran, Eric Aybar, Mallex Smith, and Hunter Cervenka have all worn high cuffed pants for the Braves this year.

  • Omar Jalife | July 18, 2016 at 9:54 am |

    What happens to the purple rule in redesign contests when it someone like the vikings?

    • Paul Lukas | July 18, 2016 at 9:57 am |

      The rule is suspended for teams with well-established purple histories.

      • Omar Jalife | July 18, 2016 at 10:14 am |

        Thanks

  • =M= | July 18, 2016 at 10:00 am |

    Did both drummers use the same kit? If so, isn’t that somewhat of oddity?

    • Paul Lukas | July 18, 2016 at 10:05 am |

      I don’t think they used the same kit. I saw Muffs drummer Roy McDonald setting up his own kit.

      But sharing a kit isn’t soooooo unusual. I’ve seen the headliner allow the opener to use their drum kit many times.

      • Dumb Guy | July 18, 2016 at 10:55 am |

        Same kit.

  • Tim | July 18, 2016 at 10:03 am |

    Your Mariners list misses Cano’ and Cruz who are in the sometimes/special occasion category.

    • Paul Lukas | July 18, 2016 at 10:06 am |

      I’m fairly certain none of the lists is perfect.

      As already explained, this is a fuzzy snapshot of a moving target, not an exact science.

  • Scott | July 18, 2016 at 10:27 am |
  • Jordan Cutler | July 18, 2016 at 10:54 am |

    Someone who did a more nuanced job than I isn’t getting credit for their high cuff census for the Cubs.

  • Eriq Jaffe | July 18, 2016 at 11:07 am |

    I can see the appeal of a neon cable, as it would certainly make it easy to figure out which cord was yours among a potential sea of identical black cables.

    I’ll be seeing The Muffs when they hit Chicago next month. Somehow I managed to never see them before despite living in LA during the 90’s. I have no excuses, but I’m glad I can finally right this wrong. To make up for it, I’m taking my 15-year-old son (he wants to go, so I don’t even have to drag him). By Thanksgiving, he’ll have seen The Muffs, Naked Raygun, Screeching Weasel and Poster Children. By the time I was his age I had seen…uh…The Beach Boys. :(

  • Jet | July 18, 2016 at 12:10 pm |

    The 1977 Mets Old-Timer game video that was posted last week – funny shot at 6:05 of a scrawny guy wearing the Mr. Met outfit with baseball head. He has a huge NOB of MrMET and appears to be wearing black stirrups.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rq3Sxaw-bYU

    -Jet

  • Drew | July 18, 2016 at 12:15 pm |

    Type O Negative proudly used bright green on their album covers and live shows until the very end.

    http://images1.fanpop.com/images/photos/2300000/Type-O-Negative-Live-type-o-negative-2396301-776-529.jpg

  • David | July 18, 2016 at 12:26 pm |

    The Bowie Baysox are changing their name to …. the Bowie Baysox.

    http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20160718&content_id=190277818&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_t418&sid=t418

    Genius!!

    • arrScott | July 18, 2016 at 3:43 pm |

      The papers want to know whose shirts they wear.

  • Jim Vilk | July 18, 2016 at 1:20 pm |

    While watching the Pirates this weekend (free MLB preview til the 25th, everyone!) one of the announcers said when the NL All Star team photo is released it will have a Photoshopped Bucs cap on Mark Melancon’s head.

    • Dovey | July 20, 2016 at 4:49 pm |

      That’s kinda disappointing! Weird occurrences like players losing/not getting their caps in time and having to wear someone else’s have become part of ASG history. It’d suck to have things like that literally get airbrushed out of history

  • Andrew Harrington | July 18, 2016 at 1:41 pm |

    Neon colors do happen in nature, especially among birds and fish, but also in some flora as well.

    What if I told you the neon cable was a functional choice, making it easier to avoid tripping when the stage is black and often darkly lit, or making it easier to identify which cable belongs to whom or which instrument it needs to be plugged into?

    I think it’s a bit backwards to equate making a decision that, at the very least, increases efficiency and safety on stage is somehow beneath a “smart person who should know better.” Doesn’t it make him a smarter person for taking measures to avoid setup mistakes and injuries?

    • Paul Lukas | July 18, 2016 at 2:04 pm |

      I think it’s a bit backwards to equate making a decision that, at the very least, increases efficiency and safety on stage is somehow beneath a “smart person who should know better.” Doesn’t it make him a smarter person for taking measures to avoid setup mistakes and injuries?

      You’re taking me a bit too seriously, Andrew. I thought the “et tu” line was functionally equivalent to a winky symbol, but I guess not.

      So: ;)

  • Ted Mark | July 18, 2016 at 2:37 pm |

    Johnny Miller says Rory McIlroy’s shirts are too tight and that’s what is keeping him from winning more. Johnny Miller is an idiot.

  • Jeff Schad | July 18, 2016 at 3:25 pm |

    One to add to the Yankees: ARod, he always goes high-cuffed.

    • Paul Lukas | July 18, 2016 at 3:33 pm |

      He was on the DL when the list was compiled.

      As noted several times now, each list is almost guaranteed to be imperfect because of roster shuffles and differences of interpretation. Each one is a fuzzy snapshot of a given moment, not an exact scientific measurement.

  • Gerry Dincher | July 18, 2016 at 3:45 pm |

    I think that neon works for rock bands, but I agree that it has no place on the sporting fields of the world.

  • Bennett Dean McCall | July 18, 2016 at 4:52 pm |

    “One of my biggest gripes about neon colors is that they’re not found in nature and therefore tend to clash with other, more “normal” tones”

    That has to be one of the most untrue statements I think I’ve read on this site to date. Perhaps less common to an urbanite in the Northern Hemisphere but far from rare.

    I’ll just leave this here,
    http://imgur.com/i0jgh6J

    • Paul Lukas | July 18, 2016 at 5:06 pm |

      Touché.

  • Skott | July 18, 2016 at 6:45 pm |

    Interesting to see that the Low Doses (and presumably The Muffs as well, but you can’t see in the picture) have the pillows outside the bass drum. Usually the pillows are inside the bass. I wonder if this was due to the acoustics of the room? Or if this is the norm for them?

    • Dovey | July 20, 2016 at 4:50 pm |

      Not pillows, they’re sandbags to hold down the mic stand, and possibly to stop the kick drum sliding foward

  • Brian | July 18, 2016 at 10:11 pm |

    Soccer news:

    The Colorado Springs Switchbacks went Pinktober in July for their USL game Saturday against the Sacramento Republic.

  • ska fa | July 18, 2016 at 10:21 pm |

    I’ve always thought it is cool when going to LA’s largest record store, Amoeba Records in Hollywood, & finding Ronnie working the trade-in counter. Great to see The Muffs still out & about!

  • Chris | July 18, 2016 at 10:50 pm |

    Looks like Idaho has new helmets after wearing black for the last few years. Silver and gold versions
    http://govandals.com/images/2016/7/18/FY17001_06_5026.jpg?width=780&height=439&mode=crop

    I don’t know if anyone else does it, maybe it’s not unique, but at the least rare, according to the article announcing the new helmet: the decals will be based on home/road use. A cursive Vandals at home, a block Idaho on the road.
    http://govandals.com/news/2016/7/18/football-vandals-bring-back-silver.aspx

  • Scott | July 19, 2016 at 7:38 am |

    RE: Reds mound logo.
    The third one is Mr Red’s hat and moustache.

    SF – Hamilton, ON

  • Brett Pasternack | July 20, 2016 at 5:54 am |

    Proofreading: The Bruins entry mentions the 1974-74 season….