Yesterday we used some clues from the Phillies’ promotional schedule to figure out that they’re probably planning a 1930s throwback game against the A’s this summer. Now another MLB team’s promo schedule has led to another discovery.
Here’s the deal: If you look at the Padres’ promotional schedule, you’ll see that they’re planning a Ha-Seong Kim bobblehead giveaway for June 25, when they host the Nationals:
One of my Twitter followers, Jonah La Margo, took a closer look at that bobblehead. Check out what he spotted:
Looks like the bobble figure is wearing a 20th-anniversary patch, doesn’t it? We can’t see what it says, but the Padres’ stadium opened in 2004, so this year marks its 20th anniversary.
As you’re probably aware, I have a source who’s been selectively sharing info with me from the 2024 MLB Style Guide, so I asked them if the Guide shows a new patch for the Padres. Sure enough:
Now let’s take a closer look at that patch:
I’m not 100% sure on this, but I think they would not have been able to include the ballpark’s corporate-advertised name prior to last season, because that would have counted as a uniform ad, which of course would have been disallowed prior to 2023. As it stands now, though, the Padres will essentially have ads on both sleeves this season.
Or at least that will be the situation when they wear their home pinstripes. The Style Guide does not show the anniversary patch being worn on any of the team’s other jerseys — only on the pins.
Speaking of their other jerseys: Just like last year, the Guide shows the Padres with six designs — white, tan, brown, dark camouflage, light camouflage, and City Connect — which would seem to be a violation of the “four plus one” rule. But as Padres radio guy and longtime friend of Uni Watch Jesse Agler has explained, they get a mulligan because MLB doesn’t want to nix either of the camouflage designs:
In here: MLB allowing Padres to keep both camo unis, even with new “4+1” rule. Grandfathered in to allow tradition of honoring the military to continue.
— jesse agler (@jesseagler) March 10, 2023
Meanwhile, the Padres have previously announced that they’ll be adding a memorial patch for owner Peter Seidler. That patch is not shown in the Style Guide (which isn’t uncommon for memorial patches) and it’s not clear where it will be worn, but I’m guessing the chest.
That’s it for now. To see all my reports on the 2024 MLB Style Guide, look here. Meanwhile, for all the Padres sites that will be tweeting about this, it would be nice if you could please link to this page instead of just lifting the graphics and saying “per @UniWatch.” Thanks!
(Big thanks to Jonah La Margo for spotting the patch on the bobblehead.)