Good Saturday morning, Uni Watch readers. I hope everyone had a good (and hopefully “short”) week, with a safe Independence Day thrown in.
A couple weeks back, Matthew Drake shared the first of several sets of concepts he’s calling the “MLB Multiverse.” I’ve included Matthew’s introduction from his introductory post below, so you don’t have to click on Volume I for an explainer. As in Volume I, for each “what if” I’ve included the new “home” jersey inline, with road and additional alternates in the gallery beneath. Enjoy!
You can follow Matthew @MJD7Design on the Twitter, and check out his progress on this project as well!
MLB Multiverse, Volume II
by Matthew Drake
I call this series “MLB Multiverse,” it’s essentially collection of “what-ifs”: either relocations of MLB teams that very nearly happened, or what certain teams would possibly look like if they never relocated in the first place.
Obviously referential of Marvel’s recent cinematic dealings with the concept of the “multiverse,” another way of thinking about this is that these teams do in fact exist in an alternate universe, where their respective relocation deals followed through to completion.
The series was heavily inspired by user @SFGiants58’s legendary “MLB: The Defunct Saga” series on the sportslogos.net boards, as well as logo/uniform legend Todd Radom’s “Phantom Franchise” segment on Buster Olney’s podcast.
I created over 60 (!) different alternate-universe teams in this series, my biggest series ever by far. It was fun and exciting to try and flex my creative muscles a bit more beyond simply fixing up the 30 big league teams. I hope you enjoy seeing these designs as much as I enjoyed creating them!
What if… the Athletics remained in Kansas City?
The A’s left KC for Oakland in 1968, but what if they stayed? The classic green & gold actually originated in KC, but royal blue paired with gold syncs better with the team KC actually got, the Royals.
What if… the (original) Senators relocated to Los Angeles (and changed their name)?
This is the same premise as my other Senators → Angels set, just with more of a Senators style as opposed to the Twins.
What if… the Browns relocated to Los Angeles?
The owner’s vote on the move was set to occur on December 8th, 1941. If you know US history, you’d understand why the owners unanimously rejected it, including the Browns. The Browns’ script & colors combine with classic Dodgers.
What if… the Braves remained in Milwaukee?
The Braves left for Atlanta in 1966, but what if they never did? Like the Milwaukee White Sox, I went with a Germanic black, red, & gold scheme by elevating gold’s presence in the set.
What if… the White Sox relocated to Milwaukee?
The Sox played 10 regular season games in Milwaukee in 1968, seen as a move by Bud Selig to try to lure the team to move there. Red & gold accents are added to the Sox’ look to capture the Germanic culture in the city.
What if… the Giants relocated to Minneapolis (and changed their name)?
They nearly did move in the 50’s, to the city of their top farm team, the Minneapolis Millers. However, the Dodgers lured them out west. The Giants’ aesthetic combines with a few Twins elements.
What if… the Giants remained in New York?
The Giants left for San Francisco in 1958, but what if they never did? I kept the gothic style of the font from that era, befitting of New York, & added the Giants script & a new striping pattern for more of a Mets-like flair.
What if… the Athletics relocated to Portland?
This rumor has been present since the 2000’s, and I remember it gaining a lot of prominence in the 2010’s. I brightened up the yellow to sync with the Portland Timbers.
What if… the Athletics relocated to San Diego?
Yet another move that A’s owner Charlie O. looked into, forest green is replaced by navy to lean into an aesthetic inspired by the (now departed) Chargers.
What if… the Senators relocated to San Francisco (and changed their name)?
Once the Dodgers began winning the LA battle, the Senators pivoted to San Francisco, but the Giants won out because they were in the NL. The PCL’s San Francisco Seals combine with Senators/Nationals logo styles.
What if… the Pilots remained in Seattle?
The Pilots only lasted one season in Seattle before moving to Milwaukee in 1970 and becoming the Brewers, but what if they were able to stay? This set takes heavy inspiration from the Mariners’ recent City Connect jersey.
What if… the Athletics relocated to Tampa Bay?
Unsurprisingly, the A’s were one of the teams interested in Tampa Bay in the 80’s. Rays’ columbia blue combines with A’s forest green to create a unique color scheme.
What if… the Rangers relocated to Tampa Bay (and changed their name)?
The Rangers tried negotiating a deal to sell the team to a Tampa group in the late 80’s, but it fell through. I combined the Rangers’ script font with the Rays’ beautiful color scheme.
What if… the Giants relocated to Toronto (and changed their color scheme)?
Going back to the Toronto Giants, I hinted at a new color scheme they considered, which is one of my favorites: royal blue & green. This change brings them closer to our universe’s Blue Jays aesthetic.
What if… the Astros relocated to Virginia (and changed their name)?
The ‘Stros had a “handshake” deal in the 90’s to move to the DC area and become the “Virginia Fury,” but it was rejected by the owners. The tequila sunrise is used to convey the “firey-ness” the name provokes.
Thanks Matthew! As I previously noted, a lot of those relocations (or teams not moving), were if not in the development stages, certainly in the planning stages, and it would have been interesting what alternate uniforms would (or might) have been created with franchise moves — another fun look at what could have happened, and looking forward to Volume III.