By Phil Hecken, with Matthew Drake
I hope everyone is hanging in there as we continue to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Last weekend, I introduced you to the design concepts of Matthew Drake (AL East & NL Central Editions). If you missed that post, pretty much everything you need to know is explained there.
As I explained at the time, with all the designs and writups, it’s probably too lengthy and unwieldy to include every concept from each league, as I usually do when showing off league-wide redesigns. What I’ve decided to do, then, is to break these out into the six different divisions, and I’ll run two divisions each time.
And now the AL Central:
Chicago White Sox
I decided to eliminate the pinstripes from the home uniform to get rid of any Yankees comparisons, and I flipped the colors around on the away wordmark to call back to past Sox designs. The rightful pants stripes also return, along with the 50’s number font.
I took the sock pattern Francisco Lindor wears and applied it to the sleeve stripes, which gives this set some connections to the Browns. Along with keeping the red-heavy home, I brought back the 1920 arched font for the road and gave the team a custom number font based on the Block C.
Kansas City Royals
I decided to go with royal & powder blue for the color scheme to further differentiate from the Dodgers. The striping is inspired by the throwback uniforms. I went with a modified Clarendon font to match the KC cap.
The home uniform drops the gold (except for the patch), and the away mimics the dual-striping pattern based off of the cap logo. I also created a custom number font and “TC” logo inspired by @SFGiants58’s version.
The navy alternate now has white letters with a red outline, along with a white-front panel cap inspired by the old batting helmets. The off-white pinstripe throwback is brought back for Sunday afternoon games.
And now we wrap things up with the NL West:
Sand is dropped from the set entirely and replaced with turquoise, giving the team a more Southwestern feel that is reminiscent of their original color scheme.Sedona red takes prominence over black, as it did in the 2007-2015 set. The “A” logo also replaces “D-BACKS” on the home.
A brighter, richer purple is embraced as the team’s true color, which now fills in the letters on the home uniform. A new custom number font is implemented to match the cap logo. The two-stripe design on the sleeves & pants of the away is reminiscent of Colorado’s original road design.
Los Angeles Dodgers
The Cooperstown Collection throws back to the Brooklyn Dodgers’ 1944 satin blue uniform. The Spring Training utilizes the cursive “D” logo from the home script. To be honest I wouldn’t mind this royal jersey be used occasionally as an alternate in the regular season, but I’ll let each of you decide on your own.
San Diego Padres
I think the Padres finally pretty much nailed their identity in their recent redesign, so no real changes to the main set. The sand uniform they’ve designated as the “Away Alternate” becomes the primary road, however.
The brown alternate takes the striping pattern from their previous set, one good thing to hold over from the navy years, complete with the new “SD” on the chest, as well as plain pairs of white & sand pants.
San Francisco Giants
I reverted to the 1994 wordmarks, as they stand tall and “giant,” which works better for me. I also dropped gold from the identity, and gave the team a new alternate patch based on the 2010 World Series Champion logo
The Cooperstown Collection keeps the “SF” away alternate with the headspoon piping, as a fauxback to the late 80’s road uniform. The Spring Training set adds an orange cap for home games, and the team would use the gray crown cap for away games.
Thanks, Matt! Some of those “Cooperstown Collection” (and BP/SP uniforms) are pretty interesting. Readers? What do you think?
I’ll be back with Matt one more time, when we look at the AL West, and NL East.
Fixing The Cards
Uniform designer “Suns Jersey Designs” (twitter handle @SansfordAndSuns) has been tweeting a number of concepts my way lately, but yesterday he embarked on a wholesale remake of the Arizona Cardinals. If ever there was a team in need of a redesign who isn’t getting one for the 2020(?) season, this team certainly qualifies.
So far, the Bucs have done a good job (addition by subtraction), while the Falcons have gone backwards. Next week we’re supposed to get a look at the Browns (it’s gonna be good!) and the Chargers (this one could be bad…), and we know the Rams will unveil sometime in May. We also know the Patriots (possibly returning to a white helmet shell??? among other tweaks) and Colts (likely changing the shape of their horseshoe logo and adding a couple tack holes, along with possibly tweaking their pants) are coming too.
But the Cards. Man, the only thing worse than this is this. They’ve had one of, if not THE worst, uniform sets since they switched to that wretched template way back in 2005. Yeah, the time for a redesign is long passed.
Anyhoo…here’s a few concepts for the Cardinals that would definitely improve their look:
Pretty nice, right? I’m not sure I love the mono-red, and the fonts could probably be a bit better, but I would say if the team trotted these out next season, most would say it’s a vast improvement over the shite they’ve been wearing for the past 15 years. I will have a lot more from this designer in the future, so stay tuned!
Got another beautiful piece of art from the incredible Gene Sanny this week. I’ve run a few sub-ledes featuring artwork by Gene Sanny, done using a Gouache technique, which basically means applying watercolor colors to an image and then removing (or erasing) them to create a new image. You can see this technique used on an earlier painting by Gene.
Here’s one of slightly more recent vintage:
Anyhoo, here’s what Gene sent along earlier this week:
Joe Schmidt painting I did yesterday. I loved these unis… No silver on the jersey, just simple white and blue… No white on the helmet or pants, just silver and blue… Wonderful.
This is one of those anti-paintings I do, where I paint a swatch of color, and then use a wet brush, or q-tip, or paper towel to wipe away paint, and then eventually add other color over the top in areas.
And here it is, from “start” to finish (click any image to enlarge)
And voila, the finished product:
How awesome is that?
Thanks, Gene — keep ’em coming!
Guess The Game…
from the scoreboard
Today’s scoreboard comes from Mike Styczen. Yes, this is a legitimate game — if for some strange reason no one solves it, I’ll post a full explanation from Mike tomorrow.
The premise of the game (GTGFTS) is simple: I’ll post a scoreboard and you guys simply identify the game depicted. In the past, I don’t know if I’ve ever completely stumped you (some are easier than others).
Here’s the Scoreboard. In the comments below, try to identify the game (date & location, as well as final score). If anything noteworthy occurred during the game, please add that in (and if you were AT the game, well bonus points for you!):
Please continue sending these in! You’re welcome to send me any scoreboard photos (with answers please), and I’ll keep running them.
Andy Brown’s Yankees “Dream Team”
The terrific artist Andy Brown (whom I’ve featured several times on UW) has been working on his latest work, a “Yankees Dream Team” if you will, over the course of the past week. Basically Andy asks his Twitter followers for suggestions for a position player, then he posts a poll, and paints the winner into his canvas. So far, he’s got a full outfield and infield (see if you can name all the players for each of the 7 spots — although Andy does reveal them all in the video). Yesterday, he solicited suggestions for a catcher — and Yogi better win! As is his wont, he posts a daily video of the work in progress and a still of the painting. Dig:
— Andy Brown (@andybisanartist) April 10, 2020
Here’s a look at the work so far…
(Full shot of the studio here.)
If you don’t follow Andy, you really should. He’s a great guy and a tremendous talent. You’re welcome.
Signs Caps of the times…
Looks like a new Brewers cap spotted
in the wild on a voter queued up to vote this past Tuesday in Wisconsin (here’s a comparison of the old vs. new logos — it’s tough to tell but I’m pretty sure it’s the “new” logo), with appropriate social distancing…sorta. Looks like around half of the voters have a mask or bandanna (and one guy looks to be wearing a serious industrial strength mask). I’m not sure what the face covering protocol is for the State of Wisconsin, but it’s good to see at least half of the people are taking proper precautions.
Of course, it’s a shame people were forced to vote in person during a viral pandemic, as the WI legislature refused to delay the primary.
I can’t imagine what voting will be like in November if the pandemic persists. But let’s worry about that when the time comes. Of course, allowing mail-in voting for all 50 states would help prevent any unnecessary spread of COVID-19, but again, that’s neither here nor there for now.
By Anthony Emerson
Baseball News: Okay, everyone else can stop now: the Pirates have come up with the best social distancing/COVID-19 logo (from multiple readers). … In this amazing clip of a Red Sox/White Sox game from 1981 — actually Carlton Fisk’s first game back in Fenway — Harry Caray and Jimmy Piersall discuss uniform design contests and custom designs by famous designers, which is something Paul wrote about 13 years ago (from Jeff Wilk). … Speaking of the White Sox, NBC Sports Chicago has ranked the best ChiSox players at each uni number (thanks, Phil). … According to Vin Scully, the grounds crew used vegetable dye to to make the grass look green for the first opening day at the new Dodger Stadium. … MLB.com ran a feature asking its beat writers to speculate on what their team’s next retired number will be. Each team has its own article with several options — great reading (thanks, Phil). … The Hillsboro Hops, the Class-A Short Season affiliates of the Diamondbacks, have revealed their — pretty nice — new alternate cap (from Sev Flores). … The Tupper Lake River Pigs, an expansion team in the Empire League, have unveiled their logos (from Cory Harrington).
NFL News: Jay Blaskovich notices that in this video of several Bucs players unboxing their new jerseys, two players do not have orange accents in the numbers — Donovan Smith and Sean Murphy-Bunting. Hmm. Since Paul’s leaker showed him images of the jerseys without obvious orange accents, maybe the orange was added later in the process and the jerseys sent to Smith and Murphy-Bunting were prototypes? Or maybe someone just fucked up? Excellent spot by Jay. … Buccaneers QB Tom Brady — good God I hate typing that sentence — has trademarked “Tompa Bay” and “Tampa Brady” for use on clothing. Man, Tom’s kinda corny (from multiple readers). … USA Today has ranked all 32 NFL team uniforms. Since this list has the Chiefs at 30 and the Bears at 29, I assume most of you will have very strong opinions about it (from Cyrus Wittig). … The investment firm that purchased Vicis plans to keep it alive (from Timmy Donahue). … New Falcons RB Todd Gurley will wear No. 21.
College Football News: Cincinnati is apparently considering adding a new helmet to the mix, and is running a poll on Twitter with a handful of options (from Jacob Holton). … UNC appears to be teasing a new…something or other in this video. Whatever it is will launch on Monday at noon EST (form Andy Johnson).
Hockey News: An NHL.com piece discusses how modern, lighter goalie pads have changed the way goalies play (from Wade Heidt). … WFAN has ranked the best and worst unis in Rangers history (thanks, Phil).
Soccer News: Craig Burley was interviewed about Chelsea’s infamous 1997 match against Coventry City, when the Blues’ kitman forgot the team’s away shirts, and were forced to wear Coventry’s (from Greg Riffenburgh).
Grab Bag: The announcement of Umbro as the new kit provider for the English rugby union team has been “complicated”, as the announcement was set to happen after the conclusion of the Six Nations Championship, which has been suspended indefinitely (from @stumpy7780). … Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho has unveiled its new athletics logo (from Kary Klismet).
Hope everyone is doing well and hanging in there as we continue our social distancing and fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the deaths in New York (and my own County — Nassau County on Long Island) keep increasing every day, it looks like we may have reached the apex of our curve (or at least a plateau), and it’s due in no small part to the social distancing measures we’ve been taking. I don’t want to say my village is a ghost town, but the amount of folks out as well as cars has dramatically decreased, allowing us to slow the spread. It’s working people! But we can’t let up now or we face a repeat of this. To all who are in the thick of this or expecting an apex/plateau soon — it will get better (hopefully soon) but we can’t relax now. We’re all in this together, and together we’ll get through this.
Be safe everyone. Catch you guys tomorrow.