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Uni Watch News Ticker for May 12, 2023

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In today’s Ticker: a new NHL memorial decal, big changes afoot for the Fighting Irish, and more!



  • The Cubs are considering adjusting Wrigley’s new LED lights. Players have complained that they’re too bright, making it difficult to track fly balls. (From Mike Chamernik)


  • Phillies player Scott Kingery has been in the minors this season with the team’s Triple-A affiliates, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. It appears the IronPigs have selected Kingery as their captain, as he wears a captain’s C on his warm-up shirt. (From Sean McGettigan)
  • MLBers on rehab assignments in the minors usually wear their MLB helmet and occasionally their MLB pants. For Rangers SS Corey Seager, currently on rehab with the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders, that creates a truly bizarre look — red Rangers helmet, cream RoughRiders jersey and white Rangers pants. (From @Pernicus69)
  • The Jersey Shore BlueClaws, High A affiliates of the Phillies, will wear Black Panther-inspired jerseys on May 19. (From John Cerone)
  • The Portland Sea Dogs, Double-A affiliates of the Red Sox, wore their “Alces de Maine” Copa de la Diversión unis last night.


  • Here’s the promotion schedule for the Frontier League’s Sussex County Miners, featuring a few jersey theme nights. (From John Cerone)


  • Dolphins WR Robbie Chosen — formerly known as Robbie Anderson and then Chosen Anderson — has “Chosen” as his NOB in this photo, which we originally thought was a case of first name on back before reader Preston Feiler informed us that “Chosen” is now his surname.
  • In the background of this video, you can see the creamsicle facemasks that the Bucs will wear this season with their throwback unis. (From Richard Miniet)


  • Notre Dame’s exclusive negotiation period with Under Armour has expired, which means that the Irish are now on the open market and could sign with anyone. Or to put it another way, expect the Nike announcement any day now.


  • The Stars and Kraken each wore memorial helmet decals for the victims of the recent mass shooting in Allen, Texas. (Thanks, Phil)


  • Allen Strong” decals are also being worn by the ECHL’s Allen Americans and their playoff foes, the Idaho Steelheads. (From our own Jerry Wolper)



  • The Mystics have unveiled their new “Rebel Edition” uni. (Thanks, Phil)


  • Imagine only having five players on a basketball team! Reader Dan Matthews discovered that 90-year-old photo at a thrift shop where he volunteers.


  • New kits for the USL W League’s Chattanooga Lady Red Wolves. “Not a fan of the ‘Lady’ in the name; the male counterparts are in USL League One,” says our own Jamie Rathjen.
Auto Racing
  • Lots of throwback paint schemes on tap for this weekend’s race in Darlington, and fans can vote for their favorite online. (From Christopher Hickey)
Comments (13)

    The new lights at Wrigley are pretty bright. Their home uniforms almost glow during night games.

    My top Sacramento Kings jersey. 85-90 baby blue away. Why? Great colours and one simple detail makes a difference. The uniqueness of the jersey at the time. Were the only team wearing NOB below the number.

    Yes, those were extremely good, but clearly not “iconic” enough for the writer of that piece ; )
    Disliked the wordmark being repeated on the shorts…a minor flaw.

    Yes, because they were so classic and sedate under adidas


    and Under Armour


    I’m sure Nike (if they’re the uni provider) will give them a slight tweaking of their classic looks, and then give them a couple outrageous kits over the course of the contract, just like adidas and UA have done. No way do they veer from the traditional look too much for their regular unis

    Portland also wore their Copa uniforms last Saturday on the road against Akron, who also wore their Copa unis. This created a white vs. white match up. It caught my as soon as we walked through the gates. link

    I wonder why MLBers in the minors wear their MLB pants. It seems like the most replaceable part of the uni.

    I didn’t know until 2019 when we went to watch Ben Zobrist play against the Memphis Redbirds during his comeback, players that were doing “rehab” assignments were allowed to wear their one earflap helmets. While players in Triple A had to wear double earflaps. What called my attention, was when Albert Almora Jr came to the plate. He was wearing a double ear flap helmet. Seemed odd since he had played much of the 2019 season in Chicago. But, because he was “optioned” back to Triple A, he had to wear the double earflap.

    The pants were a non-issue. The Iowa Cubs wear solid gray pants on the road. So, Zobrist matched everyone else.

    I’m going to encourage the folks at Forward Madison to label Chattanooga the Fella Red Wolves on the scoreboard at Breese Stevens Field.

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