Good morning, Uni Watch readers. I hope everyone had a good Tuesday.
I’m joined once again by Matthew Drake, who has embarked on a project he’s calling the “MLB Multiverse,” which is now entering its fifth part. If you missed any of the first four posts, you can click here for Volume I, click here for Volume II, click here for Volume III, and click here for Volume IV. As in previous posts, I’ve included Matthew’s introduction from his introductory post below, so you don’t have to click on Volume I, II or III for an explainer. And as in previous volumes, 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!
by Matthew Drake
I call this series “MLB Multiverse,” it’s essentially a 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!
A team named the Baltimore Orioles existed from 1901-1902 before they moved to New York and eventually became the Yankees, but what if they never did? I combined the original O’s block “B” with the Yankees’ style “NY.”
This one would *technically* count as a relocation, as Montreal’s bid for an expansion franchise nearly fell through before they even played a game, and Buffalo was one of the cities interested if it did. I went with the name “Bisons.”
Charlie O. tried to move the team in 1962, but it was rejected by other AL owners. I went with a kelly green & royal blue color scheme, modeled after the city’s NBA team’s former colors.
In 1934, the Cards were rumored to be on the move to Detroit, as the owner publicly said it would be “ideal,” but the Tigers would’ve never allowed it. The silver bat is inspired by Detroit’s famous automotive industry.
The D-Backs signed a nondisclosure agreement with the city of Las Vegas in 2018, suggesting there were at least talks about a potential move. The black, red, & sand color scheme already works perfectly for Vegas.
The Angels met with Long Beach officials in 2019 about relocating to a new stadium at an undeveloped plot of land near Long Beach Convention Center. For this iteration I went all-in on the City Connect surfer aesthetic.
The A’s in Kansas City seemed doomed from the start, as their owner quickly set his eyes on LA, possibly coordinating with the Senators to go to San Francisco. Red accents are added and the city flag adorns the sleeve stripes.
This is the same premise as my original White Sox → Milwaukee design, but if they changed their name to the “Brewers.” Navy & light blue are both colors the Sox have worn in their past.
When Cards’ owner Fred Saigh had to sell the team due to tax evasion, he also looked at Fred Miller and Milwaukee. Navy takes a heavier presence in this version of the Cardinals’ set.
Lt. Gov. Mary Fallin said in 2006 that she had several talks with the then Florida Marlins about possibly moving to OKC. I figured if it went through, they’d be able to snatch up the “Thunder” name before the NBA got to it.
The Athletics left Philly for Kansas City in 1955, but what if they stayed? Gold is paired with blue for a scheme resembling the Philadelphia flag.
Charles Comiskey moved the Saints to Chicago in 1900 and renamed them the “White Sox,” but what if he never did? I took inspiration from the color scheme of the Twins’ current “Twin Cities” jersey.
Bill Collins III, who also tried to buy the Astros, tried to do the same with the Expos and move them to northern Virginia, but DC proper won out. This set takes a Nationals approach but with red & black.
A group of DC investors attempted to buy the team and move them in time for the 1978 season, but it never materialized. I went with a color scheme inspired by the cherry blossoms of the Nats’ City Connect uniform.
This is the same premise as my original Padres → DC design, just if they changed their name to another one they considered if they moved: the “Pandas,” a reference to the pandas at the National Zoo.
Readers? What say you?