In conjunction with the Seidler family, we are proud to announce plans to honor Peter Seidler and his legacy throughout the 2024 season and beyond.
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) November 27, 2023
The team’s press release says, “The patch design and location will be unveiled prior to the beginning of Spring Training.” But as you can see above, the tweet of the press release included a heart-shaped “PS” icon, with the letters rendered in the team’s font. It wouldn’t surprise me if that turns out to be the patch design.
As for the patch’s location, the Padres have the swinging friar on one sleeve and one of MLB’s most obnoxious uni ads on the other sleeve, so I’m wondering if the memorial patch might end up on the chest, perhaps like this:
Seidler will be the second Padres owner to be uni-memorialized. The first was Ray Kroc, whose “RAK” initials appeared on the left sleeve of the team’s jerseys from 1984 through 1986:
This will be the Padres’ first memorial patch since 2018. That year they wore a “KT|RP” patch for GM Kevin Towers and coach Rob Picciolo, both of whom had died during the offseason. Oddly, that patch appeared only on the team’s throwback uniform, which was worn six times that season:
(My thanks to Phil for bringing the Padres’ announcement to my attention, and for the mock-up patch concept.)