Word has been coming through the grapevine for a while now that the Diamondbacks had a new uni set in the works for next season, with a renewed emphasis on teal, and this morning they officially unveiled it.
There’s a lot to take in here, so let’s go one element at a time:
The New Template
This is the first regular team uniform we’ve seen in Nike’s new tailoring template. We’ve pretty much known what was coming in that regard, but the differences from the old template — several of which are evident in the photo shown above — are still quite noticeable:
- There’s an extra seam in the collar.
- The width of the headspoon/placket piping is narrower (which, to my eye, looks very rinky-dink).
- There’s a ribbed seam built into the sleeve cuffs that makes them flare ever so slightly.
- Uni numbers on both the front and back of the jersey are now dot-perforated:
- Team logo sleeve patches are not embroidered (it’s not clear whether this also applies to advertising patches, although I assume it does):
- The MLB logo is now positioned below the headspoon instead of within it:
Those are the visible jersey changes that I’m aware of. As for the pants, if you scroll back up to the photo at the top of the page, you can see that the front belt tunnels now have a diagonal cut. I imagine there may be other new features to the pants, but those aren’t yet clear to me.
The Home Uniform
Although it’s hard to see in the photos, the home base fabric is cream, not white. As you can see, there are two cap options.
Overall, I think this is pretty nice, and certainly an improvement over the outgoing home uni.
The Road Uniform
This one is fairly similar to the outgoing road design. Here’s a side-by-side comparison:
Adequate, I suppose. Can’t say I love the way the red/teal lettering plays against the grey background, but I can’t get too worked up about it either.
The Black Alternate
This jersey can be worn both at home and on the road. Here’s how it compares with the outgoing black jersey:
As you can see, they’ve basically swapped the tan/sand elements for teal. Can’t say I’m a fan of that move, which creates a bit of a Lite Brite effect, similar to the Marlins’ black jerseys.
The Red Alternate
This jersey, like the black one, can be worn both at home and on the road, and also has two cap options. To me, it’s the weakest design of the bunch — so-so when paired with the black cap and awful with the red cap. Either way, the full “Diamondbacks” wordmark is too long.
Meanwhile, the team’s “Serpientes” alternate will remain in the mix for next year.