MLB has just released this season’s “Clubhouse Caps.” These are caps that players supposedly wear in the clubhouse, but they almost never actually wear them, but the fact that they supposedly wear them lets MLB and New Era claim that they’re “official” and lets cap collectors pretend that they’re wearing something that the players wear. In other words, it’s a merch program masquerading as something more than that.
Anyway: From what I can see, each team has four versions this year (as seen above for the Mets, clockwise from top left):
- A cap rendered in standard team colors with a rubberized team logo.
- A grey cap with the same team logo.
- A “stone” cap with a brown brim and squatchee and a muted version of the logo.
- And a black cap with a black-and-white version of the logo.
As you can also see, this year’s caps also have a bit of decorative stitching, apparently meant to mimic the seams of a baseball.
You can see the entire product line here.