What with the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics, it's easy to have missed all the uni-related news that's been coming from the world of Major League Baseball over the past two weeks or so.
So let's take a team-by-team look at the latest MLB developments that may have flown under your personal radar. In each case, we'll apply Uni Watch's key litmus test for uniform changes: Is it good or is it stupid? In case you're new to Uni Watch (or just need a refresher course), the idea here is that a failed design doesn't deserve to be called bad unless it's a failed attempt at being good. If it was never trying to be good in the first place, which is almost always the case with failed uniform designs these days, then it should simply be labeled stupid.
With that in mind, here's the alphabetical rundown of teams that have made adjustments to their uniform sets over the past couple of weeks:
1. A's: Oakland has made two significant changes, beginning with the logo on its road cap, which has changed from gold to white outlined with gold (click to enlarge):
The color change is welcome -- the white pops more than the gold. But the gold outlining is unnecessary and makes the logo feel a bit too clunky. Compare this new road cap logo to the white logo on the home cap -- see how the home logo looks sleeker?
So is it good or is it stupid? A little bit of both.
In addition, the A's have redesigned their green alternate jersey, which will now have a simple "A's" insignia, instead of a script "Athletics" (click to enlarge):
As you can see, they've made another gold-to-white change here. That shift is also reflected on the back of the new green jersey.
The new design doesn't look bad, but it mirrors the template of the A's gold jersey, so now the green and gold options look like copies of each other. They were better off with more variety. Slightly stupid.
2. Braves: Atlanta has transformed its garish red alternate jersey -- by far the worst design in the team's wardrobe -- into a "military appreciation" jersey by removing the tomahawk, sprinkling stars across the chest insignia, and adding an American flag sleeve patch (click to enlarge):
The Braves will wear this jersey five times in 2014 (the dates are listed at the end of this article). That's eight fewer times than they wore the red alternate last season, so let's count that as a plus. But it will take more than some stars to keep this bright red jersey from sticking out like a sore thumb, and the explosion of star-spangled and camouflage jersey designs has become a tiresome cliché -- enough already. Stupid.
Meanwhile, the Braves are also adding a new sleeve patch to mark the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron's record-breaking 715th home run:
Much like the Cardinals' Stan Musial memorial patch from last season, the signature makes the patch feel more personal but also detracts a bit from the impact of the numerals. Overall, though, a nice gesture to commemorate a historic event. Good.