As you probably know by now, MLB teams are currently subject to Nike’s “four plus one” rule, which limits teams to four basic uniforms (home, road, and two alternates) plus a City Connect uniform. The Phillies were apparently granted an exemption last season, because they didn’t yet have a CC uni, so they were allowed to have five non-CC designs: white, grey, cream, blue/throwback, and red.
But with the Phils slated to finally get a CC uniform in 2024, the assumption has been that one of the other designs would have to go. And now the Phillies Nation blog is reporting that the red jersey is the one that will be mothballed.
This matches up with a note I received yesterday from Uni Watch reader Michael Driscoll, as follows:
As a Phillies season ticket holder, I get frequent emails from the team. At the bottom of yesterday’s email was this, “on this date” paragraph:
“Nov. 29: 2007: The Phillies introduced their alternate home cream uniform. Jimmy Rollins, Cole Hamels, Robin Roberts and the Phillie Phanatic modeled them at a media event at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils are expected to introduce a new City Connect uniform in the coming months. They will join the traditional home pinstripe and road grey uniforms, plus home cream and home powder blue uniforms.”
So that appears to confirm that the red jersey is being discontinued.
The red alternate was introduced in 2016, then demoted to spring training status in 2018, and then brought back as a “getaway day” game jersey in 2021. Its final appearance, at least for the foreseeable future, was in Game 5 of the NLCS on Oct. 21.
(My thanks to Tim Kelly for bringing the Phillies Nation report to my attention.)