Word came down yesterday that Dodgers outfielder Jason Heyward has signed a one-year contract extension to remain with the team in 2024, and I, for one, couldn’t be happier.
As I’ve occasionally mentioned before, Heyward has long gotten my vote as MLB’s most aesthetically pleasing player. For starters, his bodily proportions feel Just Right. Not just the proportions of his torso to his limbs, but also his upper arms to his forearms, his thighs to his calves, and his shoulders to his waist. Like Tom Brady, Marvin Hagler, and a handful of other athletes, Heyward seems like what you’d get if you were designing an athlete with drafting software or in a laboratory. He even has good posture! Some other ballplayers are more physically charismatic due to their mannerisms (a pitcher’s windup, a batter’s stance, etc.), but no other ballplayer — or at least none that I can think of — starts out with such an ideal specimen of a physique as Heyward.
Even better, Heyward has always showcased that physique by wearing a fairly trim-tailored uniform. There’s no bagginess, no excess fabric flapping around, and the jersey always drapes really nicely on his frame. I even love the way he tucks his jersey into his pants with a nice blousing effect:
He looks so good, I don’t even mind when he goes low-cuffed — although it’s a nice bonus when he goes high-cuffed:
Happily for all of us, Heyward has played the last nine seasons for the Cardinals, Cubs, and Dodgers — teams whose classic uniforms have been a good match for his classic silhouette. Can you imagine if he played for a team like the Marlins, or the Diamondbacks? What a waste that would be.
So I was heartened to hear that he’ll be spending at least one more year in a Dodgers uni. Of course, I wouldn’t mind seeing him in a Mets uni, but I don’t want to be greedy — Heyward’s on-field presence is a visual gift to all of us, no matter which team he’s playing for. I’m just glad he’ll be wearing a uniform that befits his noble bearing.