Little by little, we’re seeing more MLB teams’ jerseys rendered in Nike’s new template, which all 30 teams will be wearing next season. Last month we saw the new template used for the Diamondbacks’ new uni set, and earlier this week we saw a Tigers player wearing the new-template jersey during a community appearance. Yesterday’s press conference to introduce two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani to the L.A. media gave us our first look at how a Dodgers jersey will look in the new template.
Let’s start with the front number. It is much smaller than in the past:
You have to look closely to see it, but the front number’s fabric is perforated, as is the case for all numerals in the new template:
Also, the script now crosses the placket at a different point. It used to break at the connector between the “o” and the “d,” but now the “d” is broken into separate pieces:
I hadn’t seen that one coming, and it’s a big downgrade. Ugh.
Now let’s turn our attention to the back of the jersey. As we’ve seen with other teams, the MLB logo is lower, the typography is smaller, and the NOB has a tighter arch:
And again, if you look closely, you can see that the numbers are perforated:
Those are the things I noticed. I’ll keep doing these as other teams’ jerseys cross my radar.