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Sweet Relief: MLB Uni Ads Won’t Be Happening for Now

Good morning! I’m feeling very chipper today — and you should be as well! — because MLB uniform ads, which seemed like a done deal as recently as a few days ago, will not be happening after all, at least not right away.

Here’s the deal: As you’ve probably heard by now, the owners, having failed to reach a 2020 labor agreement with the players’ union, voted last night to to proceed with a 60-game season. Based on terms that were already agreed to back in March, the union does not need to approve this schedule — the owners can simply impose it, and that’s what they’ve done.

From a Uni Watch standpoint, here’s the big thing: The move toward uniform ads, which a few days ago seemed like foregone conclusion — not just for 2020 but for 2021 as well — is now dead. That’s because the addition of uni ads had been part of the 2020 negotiations and required both sides to buy in. With the negotiations collapsing and the owners imposing their own schedule, uni ads are no longer on the table.

Or at least that was my initial impression — none of last night’s initial reports about the new state of affairs mentioned the uni ads, but I was pretty sure that the owners couldn’t impose the ad patches unilaterally (uni-laterally?). As the news was breaking, I checked in with national MLB writers Jeff Passan of ESPN and Ken Davidoff of The New York Post, both of whom confirmed my understanding. So uni ads are now dead for 2020 and ’21 (although they’ll likely be part of the negotiations for the new collective bargaining agreement in 2022).

In other words, labor harmony’s loss is the uni-verse’s gain, at least for now.

As for the truncated season, the idea is that the players will report to “spring” training 2.0 on July 1 and the season will commence about three weeks after that, although it remains to be seen whether any of that will actually happen. Among the obstacles:

• The union retains the option to file a grievance against the owners — which many observers expect them to do — for bargaining in bad faith. That in turn could prompt the owners to file a counter-grievance accusing the union of bargaining in bad faith. It’s not clear, at least to me, how quickly those legal machinations would unfold or to what extent they could delay things.

• Reports indicate that a significant number of players may choose simply to sit out the season due to their disgust over the labor negotiations and/or their concerns over the virus.

• By far the biggest issue: Given the degree to which the virus is spiking in various areas of the country, the season may end up being shut down before it starts. Or, if they manage to start, it may be shut down before its scheduled end.

(As for other issues that had been subject to negotiation: Expanded playoffs are likewise off the table, meaning the postseason will continue to feature 10 teams, not 16. The DH, however, may still be added to the National League this year, as part of the new set of health and safety protocols. The union is expected to approve those protocols today.)

I remain somewhat skeptical that the season will actually begin, and even more skeptical that it will run its full length. Either way, though, we should all be happy that uniform ads have been pushed back at least two seasons. 2020 has been such an utter shit-show on so many levels, so let’s take some joy where we can find it. #NoUniAds

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Mmmm, tasty: Reader Harry Akers’s oldest daughter made him an ice cream cake for Pa’s Day and added some uni-centric decorations. How cool is that?!

“She made tequila sunrise ice cream and customized each macaroon,” says Harry. “These included the the Tigers’ old English D, my favorite number (21), and a couple Uni Watch references. Hope you enjoy the photo as much as I enjoyed the cake.”

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ITEM! Uni Watch masks now available: Sorry it took so long, but the Uni Watch face masks are now available.

I have only 85 of these, and they’re priced to move at $6 apiece, so they’ll probably sell out in a day or two. Teespring will take $2 from each sale as a processing fee; the remaining $4 from each sale will go directly to Doctors Without Borders. Uni Watch is not taking any profit.

I’ve been wearing one of these masks for my daily bike rides, and it’s great. Grab one while you can! Update: Holy shit — they sold out in about 40 minutes!

I’ll see about getting some more made.

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Collector’s Corner
By Brinke Guthrie
    

Look at the colorful cover art on this 7″ record called Baseball, the First 100 Years. “Equal in quality and playing time to a 12″ LP”! The color is a bonus — the seller says most of these were printed up in black-and-white, too. 

Recorded in “Fleetwood Microsonic Sound,” it was narrated by none other than James (Jimmy) Stewart and Curt Gowdy! Now there’s a double-play combo, eh?

Now for the rest of this week’s picks:

• Going back a decade earlier for another baseball album, Dodgers ’59, with Vin Scully himself behind the mic for the narration!

Jaws was released in the summer of 1975, and so the ABA Kentucky Colonels decided to knock off the movie poster premise for their 1975-76 media guide. Rather cheesy, I’d say. “Exclusive showings in Louisville and Cincinnati” is rather clever, though, as they played a few games at the new Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum.

• The Mets logo is part of the camera lens on this 1977 team photo album.

• Love the font on this 1973 Eagles media guide, so typical of the period. The design is classic early-’70s, too, with that multi-colored montage effect, featuring, from left, Bill Bradley, head coach Mike McCormick, and Roman Gabriel.

• Look how simple this “Television” press pass was for a 1970s Pats/Dolphins game. Just a plain slip of paper, head on in at Gate No. 10! Seems like it would be easy to counterfeit, no?

• Speaking of press passes, check out this 1977 button for CBS Sports. You get three buttons in this set, and they each boldly state “Admit Bearer to Any Area.” If security tries to stop you, just act cool and point at this pin — you’re in like Flynn!

• Here’s a New York Yankees promo notepad/pen giveaway, sponsored by Bell Atlantic Mobile. The seller says late 1990s for this one.

• Look at the simple single-bar facemask on this Baltimore Colts Tenth Anniversary Year Book. Judging by the dates, looks like it was actually the 10th season, not the 10th anniversary. The seller will also toss in a pair of media guides from 1970 and ’71.

• This 1940s Montreal Canadiens patch is clean, simple, and neat.

• Love this repro of a mid-century poster featuring cartoon depictions of various hockey penalties, sponsored by your friends at Old Mr. Boston liquors.

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Contest reminder: In case you missed it last week, my latest Uni Watch design contest for InsideHook is to create a logo for teams or leagues to wear in acknowledgment of the current racial justice protests.

We’re probably going to see a lot of these logos/patches/etc. when American sports leagues resume (well, if they resume). What should they look like?

Full details over at InsideHook.

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Membership update: Few things make me happier than when we get an membership order for a Miami Floridans-themed card, as was the case with the order we recently received from reader Eric Maddy. That is one sharp-looking card!

Eric’s design is one of several that have been added to the membership card gallery. I expect the laminated/printed versions of these cards to mail out around the end of the week.

Ordering a membership card is a good way to support Uni Watch (which, frankly, could use your support these days). And remember, as a gesture of comm-uni-ty solidarity, the price of a membership has been reduced from $25 to $20 until further notice.

As always, you can sign up for your own custom-designed card here, you can see all the cards we’ve designed so far here (now more than 2,800 of them!), and you can see how we produce the cards here.

Speaking of memberships, our latest raffle winners are Matthew Garry Moon and Aeneas Koosis, each of whom has won himself a free membership card. Congrats to them, and thanks to David Dahl for sponsoring this one.

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The Ticker
By Paul

’Skins Watch: An Oklahoma City Thunder blog has come up with a Thunder-redesign concept to honor Oklahoma’s Native American heritage (from Kary Klismet). … With lots of statues and monuments being torn down around the country, a Washington Post sportswriter says the ’Skins name is the NFL’s “most shameful statue” and that it’s time to take it down (from Rob Bindeman). … The teams at Teton High School in Idaho, whose teams had been called the Redskins, will now be called the Timberwolves (from Timmy Donahue). … There’s renewed pressure to change the “Indians” team name at Mahopac High School in New York’s Hudson Valley, “where until recently it was not uncommon to see students in Native American headdress carrying out a mock scalping” (from Steven Dodell). … Michigan high schools’ days of using Native American imagery may be numbered (from Kary Klismet).

Working Class Wannabes™: An incoming freshman on the Fort Hays State University women’s soccer team is described as having a “blue collar, hardworking mentality.” … A high school baseball coach in Vero Beach, Fla., describes one of his pitchers as “a humble kid, a blue-collar type of guy.” … An article about Washington NFL LB Matthew Ioannidis describes him as having a “hard-nosed, blue-collar mentality.” … An article about Big 12 football players describes Kansas State C Cody Whitehair as “one of the toughest and most blue-collar players to come out of Kansas State in recent years.” Not just blue-collar, mind you, but one of the most blue-collar! … An article about the NBA’s Detroit Pistons says that, in the past, the team has “defined blue-collar basketball.” … An article about college basketball says the 2017-18 WVU team was “full of blue-collar seniors from the mountains of West Virginia.” … Speaking of WVU, an article about their head football coach, Neal Brown, quotes an opposing coach who describes the WVU defense like so: “They want to be blue collar, they want to be disciplined.” What the hell does it mean to want to be blue collar? … An article about the 1996-97 Illinois-Wesleyan basketball team says the roster featured “a slew of blue-collar contributors.” … An article about L.A. Rams DT Aaron Donald says his “blue-collar work ethic inspires everyone from all walks of life.” … Northwestern State University basketball coach Mike McConathy is a fan of his newly promoted assistant coach, Jeff Moore, because “Every day, he comes to work with a blue-collar mentality.” … The newly hired basketball coach at Tyler Leo High School in Texas says, “We want to constantly put pressure on our opponents and play with a blue-collar mentality.” … An article about the NHL says the early Flyers squads “quickly built a reputation for their gritty, blue-collar style of play.” … Yet another article about the Flyers says that “there’s no team that so completely reflects its city the way the Flyers do. Philadelphia is a blue-collar, hard-working city with a flair for excitement.” … Former Cleveland Browns RB Josh Cribbs says, “We’re just a hard-working football town, blue-collar to the core.” … The Duke baseball team’s Twitter account has routinely used the hashtag #BlueCollar. … An article about a high school basketball player in Nebraska says, “He came to work every day, punched the time clock and went about getting the job done.” Interestingly, the article’s headline includes the term “Blue Collar” in quotes, even though that term doesn’t appear in the article. … An article about a former high school football player in Massachusetts says, “He was a blue-collar lineman.” The player in question went on to become a journalist — a white collar profession. … An article about former MLB player and current Blue Jays broadcaster Kevin Barker says he “never mailed it in, always ran out groundballs and had a blue-collar work ethic.” … The coach of a girls’ high school basketball team in Alabama says, “We like to think of our program as blue collar.” … Oregon State basketball coach Wayne Tinkle says his father taught him, “If you want something, you have to work for it. That blue collar, hard hat, lunch pail mentality.” Bingo!

Baseball News: Good article on how the Red Sox organist has been live-streaming organ concerts (NYT link) each afternoon. … Here’s why former Braves skipper Bobby Cox wore spikes while managing (from Kary Klismet). … Holy moly, look at this 1970s shot of Phillies ushers and related staff.

Pro Football News: The 49ers added a Black Lives Matter flag to their stadium (thanks, Brinke). … A Rhode Island brewery has trolled former Pats players Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski by producing a run of “Traitorade” beer (from @Beerbythepool). … Reader Casey Hawes has created a Ravens-resdesign concept. … Here’s one blogger’s take on the greatest Saskatchewan Roughriders to wear Nos. 70-79 through the years (from Wade Heidt).

College Football News: Ole Miss will retire Eli Manning’s No. 10 at some point this fall (thanks to all who shared).
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Hockey News: The first renderings of the Islanders’ new arena have been released (from Wade Heidt). … Here’s how you can build a coat hanger from a few hockey sticks (from Mike Chamernik).
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NBA/WNBA News: Clippers G Lou Williams would like to see “Black Lives Matter” on NBA jerseys and courts. … The Timberwolves’ deal with their original uniform sponsor advertiser, Fitbit, has expired, so the team is now looking for a new advertiser that will promote social awareness and fight racism and inequality (thanks, Phil). … The WNBA’s Angel McCoughtry wants the league to allow players to wear NOBs featuring the names of police brutality victims (from @TheSkyShowCHI). … The Spurs are encouraging fans to create their own Spurs court designs (from Mike Chamernik). … The New York Daily News is encouraging the Nets to wear several throwback designs from their New Jersey days (from @carter8_kid).

Soccer News: Our own Jamie Rathjen notes that yesterday was the anniversary of the Argentina/England quarterfinal at the 1986 World Cup, when Diego Maradona scored two goals known as “the hand of God” and the “goal of the century.” “The shirts Argentina wore for that game were royal blue, the same color as the ones from the game before that,” says Jamie, “but they actually were a one-off design different from, and lighter than, the earlier design. Judging by the quotations from Maradona’s book, in this article, he Gets It™.” … The Polish national team had its players pose in a super-cool series of throwback uniforms (from @MrBudziszewski). … New shirts for Belgian side Club Brugge and new kits for Scottish side Ross County (both from Ed Zelaski). … Here’s an early look at Austin FC’s new stadium. Meanwhile, construction of their new training facility has started (both from Wade Heidt). … Japan has taken itself out of the running to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup, leaving Australia/New Zealand as the clear favorites. … EPL club Burnley has condemned a plane that flew yesterday’s game against Manchester City towing a “White Lives Matter” banner. … “The end of the season was canceled in England’s League One and League Two, but they’re still holding the promotion playoffs,” says our own Jamie Rathjen. “Teams have been wearing a different NHS patch than the one worn in the Premier League, and Exeter City positioned it above the maker’s mark.”

Grab Bag: MLL unveiled a new set of uniforms yesterday. Additional info here. … The 11-year-old kid who lives across the street from me was wearing this “Earthling” T-shirt the other day. I was struck by how the design looked like NOB lettering. … A mannequin wearing a pig mask and a police uniform was found hanging from a highway overpass in Florida over the weekend. … Colgate’s Chinese toothpaste, Darlie, is the latest brand that may get get a makeover due to racially insensitive imagery. In addition, the name of Eskimo Pie ice cream treats will be changed. Here’s a roundup of all the brands that have recently been changed or are under review. … Slight logo tweaks for the University of Saskatchewan (from Trevor “Teebz” Alexander). … Here’s a good summary of arguments for and against UNLV keeping its “Rebels” team name (from Kary Klismet). … Yesterday’s Uni Watch entry about team colors in various cities inspired reader William Yurasko to look at that phenomenon from a DC-centric perspective. Among other things, he notes that DC teams use seven different shades of red!

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What Paul did last night: The house just north of ours has been vacant for months — the owners decamped for parts unknown when the pandemic hit. But yesterday, as we were sitting on the porch, they drove into their driveway — first time we’d seen them since March. Turns out they’d been laying low upstate and were now returning for a few days just to check in on their house.

These neighbors have never been particularly warm or friendly toward us, and I can’t say we’re in love with them either. But it was nice to see them back on the block — a little sign of normalcy.

The branch is still there.

As always, you can see the full set of Pandemic Porch Cocktails™ photos here.

61 comments to Sweet Relief: MLB Uni Ads Won’t Be Happening for Now

  • Tony C | June 23, 2020 at 8:33 am |

    The Ravens concept logo looks like the evil twin version of the O’s bird logo

    • Dumb Guy | June 23, 2020 at 8:57 am |

      Agreed! Maybe on purpose???

      But where are the teeth??!! Everyone knows bird logos should have teeth!!

      • Tony C | June 23, 2020 at 9:38 am |

        probably was on purpose, but i wonder if the Ravens did something in that vein would the O’s be pissed or welcome it

  • Peter | June 23, 2020 at 8:46 am |

    Any site that sells Native American sports logos should be dropped or should stop selling the logos as well

    • Paul Lukas | June 23, 2020 at 8:53 am |

      I completely agree. That’s why I’ve asked Vintage Brand to eliminate those items for their site.

      • Greg | June 23, 2020 at 9:19 am |

        Given the Seminoles endorsement of sorts of Florida State’s usage, is there any simple guide as to which teams actively work with the Native American community, if any at all?
        I mean the name Redskins, the Wahoo logo, and some others were obviously the top culprits in extra and overtly disparaging Native Americas. Just curious if say, the Chiefs or others did any active outreach to both help those communities and also communicated to determine acceptable use of the names and fan traditions that are not disparaging?
        I mean if they all have to go, they have to go. But if they could actually be used in a positive way to promote Native Americans history and help Native American communities today that would be best.

        • Paul Lukas | June 23, 2020 at 9:27 am |

          Oh, sure, it’s possible to do it in a positive manner — the Thunder have done that, e.g., and so have the Spokane Indians.

        • Tony C | June 23, 2020 at 9:36 am |

          “Given the Seminoles endorsement of sorts of Florida State’s usage, is there any simple guide as to which teams actively work with the Native American community, if any at all?”

          only the Seminole tribe in FL has given their blessing to FSU, which some have stated that it is because they profit from the deal, but the Seminole tribe in Oklahoma want FSU to stop using the logo

        • Chance Michaels | June 23, 2020 at 5:46 pm |

          Man, I should just stop trying to HTML. I obviously can’t do it.

          only the Seminole tribe in FL has given their blessing to FSU, which some have stated that it is because they profit from the deal

          I thought that was the whole point – FSU licenses the name from the Seminole Tribe, which is the only reason the NCAA still allows it.

          but the Seminole tribe in Oklahoma want FSU to stop using the logo

          The NCAA gave the Seminole Nation in Oklahoma a veto over the name, along with the Miccosukee Tribe. Together, those are the three Seminole nations recognized by the federal government. Any one of them could have killed the deal and forced Florida State to change the name, but all three let the university license the name.

  • Richard | June 23, 2020 at 8:50 am |

    Paul, is there anything we can do to mobilize the UniWatch community to fight against Uni Ads in baseball? 2022 is not that far away and perhaps we should be making our voices heard on a daily basis. I don’t know if it’ll actually do anything, but at least let’s make our voices heard. Perhaps we can inundate the twitter accounts of each baseball team and baseball owners (if they have twitter accounts) and loudly express we do not want anything on the uniforms. We have to try!

    • Paul Lukas | June 23, 2020 at 8:56 am |

      Chris Creamer and I have been discussing this. Stay tuned.

      • Richard Hochroth | June 23, 2020 at 9:42 am |

        I love you Paul (and Chris Creamer). Thank you!

        I see people on twitter saying “oh the NBA did it so what’s the big deal.” Why does it matter what the NBA did? Just because they chose stupidly does not mean that MLB has to do it too.

        Also, if we make our voices and displeasure LOUDLY heard, then perhaps the NFL will take notice as well. We have to stop the spread of this poison. If spider-man on the bases stopped MLB in 2002 due to fan uproar, then we can do it again.

        I absolutely abhor the Nike logo on the uniforms, but I’ll live with it if it means no uni ads.

    • Jordan | June 23, 2020 at 9:01 am |

      I don’t use twitter, but I will create an account for this purpose if there is any chance that using it will prevent uni ads in baseball.

  • Roland | June 23, 2020 at 9:04 am |

    I’m pretty sure that on the cake those are macarons, not macaroons – or at least they appear to be.

    • Dumb Guy | June 23, 2020 at 9:10 am |

      Oui!

  • Greg | June 23, 2020 at 9:06 am |

    While MLB uni ads might not show up this year, sadly seems like a forgone conclusion in the near future. Between the swoosh taking center stage, and the push we just saw, it seems like a question of when, not if. Sad. I just worry about the inherent greed involved. Even if the inside info Paul received from a potential advertiser says the value of the ads isn’t as much as the leagues hoped, the trend I see is that the leagues aren’t going to turn down X just because they were expecting 10X. I think once you are willing to sell the sanctity of the uniform, the price no longer really matters.

    The Floridians card is just amazing!

  • Jeff | June 23, 2020 at 9:13 am |

    Is NY still doing the racket every night? Or has that waned in popularity?

    • Paul Lukas | June 23, 2020 at 9:18 am |

      The Racket sort of died out when the protests began, at least on our block.

      Also: The Racket had been happening at 7pm, which was dusk (or at least dusk-ish). But now that the days are so much longer, I think that too has helped put a damper on the Racket.

      Also: Fireworks are the New Racket.

    • Chance Michaels | June 23, 2020 at 5:47 pm |

      Racket still pretty popular in the South Slope.

  • Paul Lukas | June 23, 2020 at 9:16 am |

    Just added to today’s post: Uni Watch masks now available!
    https://teespring.com/uni-watch-face-mask?pid=1020&cid=104035

    • Grant | June 23, 2020 at 9:44 am |

      I try not to complain about shipping, I know we’ve been brainwashed by the giant corporations who can subsidize it with bulk and that, in some cases, it is baked into the price already. However, $7 to ship 2 tiny lightweight fabric masks? Sheesh.

    • Richard Grossman | June 23, 2020 at 9:53 am |

      Yes! Already snagged a pair!
      Thanks Paul – can’t wait to rock these!

    • Johnny O | June 23, 2020 at 9:54 am |

      Whoah nelly! These are absolutely gorgeous. Just purchased one for myself (Can double as a Packer mask when/if I head to Lambeau this season)

    • RS Rogers | June 23, 2020 at 10:18 am |

      I haven’t been this giddy for silly merchandise since … well, a couple of weeks ago when my local pro soccer team unveiled its new alternate jersey, but still, I’m pretty darn giddy.

    • Ken | June 23, 2020 at 8:11 pm |

      I missed out on the masks. Fingers crossed more can be made. Need this Uni-Watch mask to go with my purple Uni-Watch mask.

      • Paul Lukas | June 23, 2020 at 10:26 pm |

        Getting more made already. Stand by!

  • Chuck | June 23, 2020 at 9:31 am |

    My new Oakland A’s 5950 (home) cap came in the mail yesterday and it didn’t have the New Era logo on the side. The majority of you will call this a win for me, but I was like, “They’re selling NOS (new, old stock) online now?”

    It was a third party vendor, so I understand why but I kinda feel like I paid for what they DON’T wear on the field, not for what they do wear.

    Yeah, I wanted the tiny makers mark on it.

    • Paul Lukas | June 23, 2020 at 9:32 am |

      Sew one on yourself, then — good DIY project!

    • boxcarvibe | June 23, 2020 at 9:39 am |

      If it had a grey underbill, that’s really New Old Stock. Almost vintage. I’d hang on to it, as-is. Someone on eBay will buy that, and you can buy another with the makers mark.

  • Brinke | June 23, 2020 at 11:05 am |

    All I know is, I want some of that Tequila Sunrise cake RIGHT NOW.

  • Christopher Falvey | June 23, 2020 at 11:28 am |

    So very happy for no uniform ads in baseball. The baseball uniform- in my opinion only- is the most sacred of uniforms.

    • walter | June 23, 2020 at 4:05 pm |

      I’ll second that, insofar as Nike hasn’t imposed ugly features on them like the “racerback” of the basketball jerseys (and the misaligned widow’s peak on the shorts), the “waffle-yolk” and convoluted collars of the hockey sweaters, or the muddy, matte colors of the NFL.

  • Yosef Coleman | June 23, 2020 at 11:51 am |

    Can someone explain what exactly the health concerns are of allowing pitchers to bat that would necessitate allowing a DH to bat? It sounds to me as just an excuse to implement the DH in the NL.

    • RS Rogers | June 23, 2020 at 12:21 pm |

      Health is the one argument for the DH that has ever been compelling to me. I worry every time a pitcher flukes onto base early in an inning and has to stand around first or second instead of doing whatever he would normally do in the dugout to stay warm and keep his arm loose.

      Still, the DH seems like the least optimal solution to that problem. We could have free pinch runners for the P spot, or just shrink the batting order to 8. Which seems radical, but it’s the least disruptive to the pre-DH rules.

      • Yosef Coleman | June 23, 2020 at 1:38 pm |

        I understand pitchers getting injured can be an argument for the DH. My question is what does that have to do with COVID? If we dont want pitchers getting injured because there cant be replacements then they should probably skip the season because any player can get injured or use a pitching machine in lieu of a pitcher. What does COVID-19 have anything to do with not letting a pitcher bat?

        • Paul Lukas | June 23, 2020 at 1:47 pm |

          Have nothing to do with Covid. Has to do with the health and safety protocols of the current truncated training situation.

    • Paul Lukas | June 23, 2020 at 1:42 pm |

      The idea is that with a shorter “spring” training and possibly a higher percentage of interleague games (depending on how the sked shakes out), pitchers would potentially be a greater risk for injury while running the bases this year.

      I’m not saying I agree with it; I’m just saying that’s the stated rationale.

      The NL would go back to not having the DH in 2021. And then everything (DH, uni ads, expanded playoffs, putting a runner at second base to start extra innings, etc) would be back on the table during the negotiations for the 2022 CBA.

      • Yosef Coleman | June 23, 2020 at 2:03 pm |

        Ok. Thanks.

  • Andrew Ross | June 23, 2020 at 12:30 pm |

    I would be absolutely shocked if the Nets ever wore a uniform that said “New Jersey” again, unless of course they move back there. I’d even wager that the current ownership would like it if everyone forgot that the Nets ever were in New Jersey. Last time I was at Barclays, the championship banners from those days didn’t even have the words “New Jersey” on them.

  • Adam Newman | June 23, 2020 at 12:55 pm |

    There’s no deal on uniform ads now, but there’s also nothing stopping some sort of side deals (possibly on such things like expanded playoffs, DH, etc), and if that happens it wouldn’t be a huge shock if uniform ads were some sort of leverage that one side or the other throws in now that both sides are clear they’re ok with it.

    • Chance Michaels | June 23, 2020 at 1:40 pm |

      Gotta agree to the division of money, though. That can get complicated quickly.

    • Paul Lukas | June 23, 2020 at 1:44 pm |

      Well, no, actually. There will be no “side deals”; the negotiations are over and the owners have imposed their 60-game season.

      Please don’t spread baseless rumors. Thanks.

      • Adam Newman | June 23, 2020 at 8:58 pm |

        If I’m spreading a baseless rumor, it’s one started by a real baseball reporter.

        https://twitter.com/JonHeyman/status/1275430428229406720?s=19

        • Adam Newman | June 23, 2020 at 9:01 pm |

          Don’t get me wrong, nothing saying it WILL happen, either. But it’s silly to think anything is ever ‘dead’ when both sides have it in their interest to mutually agreed to change their mind.

  • dave robb | June 23, 2020 at 12:58 pm |

    Hi Paul. Thinking I’ve missed the point about the blue collar wannabes. Wouldn’t be the first time.

    • Chance Michaels | June 23, 2020 at 1:39 pm |

      They’d need to agree on the distribution of money. Which means it’s less likely to be an add-on or concession.

      • Chance Michaels | June 23, 2020 at 1:39 pm |

        Sorry, meant that to go above.

    • Paul Lukas | June 23, 2020 at 1:46 pm |

      The point is that the sports world and the sports media world fetishize the working class in a patronizing and inappropriate way that never made sense to begin with and has now devolved into an epidemic (ahem) of lazy clichés. Sometimes this fetishizing results in certain uniform elements and/or coaches dressing up in working class cosplay costumes — hence the phenomenon’s relevance to Uni Watch.

      • Chance Michaels | June 23, 2020 at 5:48 pm |

        It is kind of stunning how much material they give you for that section. Once you notice how common it is….

  • J | June 23, 2020 at 1:54 pm |

    Glad there will be no ads.

    Separate, but still irks me, is the universal DH. I really really try to respect other people and their opinions, but ads on uniforms and the DH are two I cannot respect (in the sports world).

    Am I really wrong that proponents of the DH, for the reason pitchers are almost automatic outs, simpletons?

  • walter | June 23, 2020 at 2:02 pm |

    An Oklahoma City Thunder blog has come up with a Thunder-redesign concept to honor Oklahoma’s Native American heritage (from Kary Klismet)

    I admit I’ve had my eyes opened. The Native-themed artwork is beautiful, and the locale makes it 100% appropriate. What I thought I wanted to see was Indian-named teams in pro and varsity sports; what I *really* wanted to see was Indian-*designed* uniforms, regardless of the teams’ mascots or nicknames. All this time I was deluding myself, assuming Indian artists would want to jump at the chance of designing the iconography for the Redskins/Indians/Braves et al. Now I find myself wondering why Indian artists haven’t been solicited to design the iconography of the Bulls/Broncos/Jazz/Diamondbacks/Pacers (I could go on). It’s not their mascots/nicknames I want to see; it’s their art!

  • rpm | June 23, 2020 at 2:15 pm |

    “An Oklahoma City Thunder blog has come up with a Thunder-redesign concept to honor Oklahoma’s Native American”

    wait, what? have we not figured out yet that when you re-contextualize imagery of a marginalized group, you are not honouring anything, it’s called cultural appropriation. i’m glad we don’t censor the ticker, but it also needs to be said.

    • walter | June 23, 2020 at 3:54 pm |

      You assume it was not designed by a Native American.

  • Bryan | June 23, 2020 at 2:24 pm |

    @Paul, link for the facemasks doesn’t seem to work >> https://teespring.com/uni-watch-face-mask?pid=1020&cid=104035

    Getting an error “Hmm… Looks like you don’t have access to this page.”

    • Paul Lukas | June 23, 2020 at 2:44 pm |

      As clearly noted in today’s text, they’ve already sold out!

  • comish4lif | June 23, 2020 at 3:54 pm |

    Paul, you noted that the Television Press Pass from the New England vs “Dolphins” game would be easy to counterfeit. Sure, today, you could do this in 10 minutes. But how were you counterfeiting that in 1970? Maybe if you had your own typesetting business…

    • Paul Lukas | June 23, 2020 at 3:58 pm |

      Brinke noted that, not me. But your point is well taken.

      • Brinke | June 23, 2020 at 8:59 pm |

        Xerox machine and colored paper.

  • Patrick in MI | June 23, 2020 at 5:46 pm |

    I have to say that OKC concept gets two thumbs up from me! How very brilliant to incorporate a Thunderbird into the design. I can’t believe no one else had thought of that before. Hell, they should just change their name while they’re at it. On a side note, I’d like to see more basketball teams use logos instead of wordmarks on their unis.

  • Chance Michaels | June 23, 2020 at 5:54 pm |

    Here’s a New York Yankees promo notepad/pen giveaway, sponsored by Bell Atlantic Mobile. The seller says late 1990s for this one.

    We can get closer than that – it has all the world championship years on it, ending in 1996. The Yanks missed the Series in 97 but won it again in 98, meaning that the pad is from one of those two years.