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3. Dodgers: For the past 15 seasons, the Dodgers have worn a "Los Angeles" script on their road grays. But now they're adding an alternate gray jersey with the same "Dodgers" script they wear on their home whites (click to enlarge):

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The Dodgers wearing "Dodgers" on the road isn't a new thing -- they did that from 1970 through 1998. It's not a bad look, but come on, everyone knows it's better to wear your city name on the road -- that's Baseball Unis 101. And this new trend of teams having two different sets of road grays (also exemplified by the Giants and Cubs) is getting out of hand. This feels like a pretty obvious attempt to boost jersey sales -- no more, no less. Stupid.

4. Giants: The Giants have a new design for their Friday orange jersey, like so (click to enlarge):

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That script "Giants" chest lettering has always been a big favorite here at Uni Watch HQ. It was featured on most of the team's jerseys from 1977 through 1982, including an orange road jersey that was similar to the newly unveiled Friday orange alternate. In a perfect world, of course, the Giants wouldn't need an alternate orange jersey. But if they have to have one, this new version is definitely an upgrade. And it'll match that old BP cap that Willie Mays always likes to wear. Good enough.

5. Red Sox: New road jersey for the Sox, who are changing their lettering and numbers from navy to red (click to enlarge):

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If that new design looks familiar, it should -- it's essentially the same road jersey the Bosox wore from 1990 through 2009. It's a huge improvement, too. The flat navy typography of the past four seasons was too plain, too blah. Now the Sox once again have a road jersey that matches the elegance and pop of their home whites. Very good.

6. Twins: The Twins have had two navy alternate jerseys in recent years -- one for home, one for the road. Now they're scrapping the home version, along with their "M" alternate cap (click to enlarge):

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No team needs two separate blue alternate jerseys (looking at you, Mets), and the Twins already have two other home jerseys, so ditching the navy home alternate is the right move. And getting rid of the "M" cap is a textbook case of addition by subtraction. Good.

Paul Lukas will have all the rest of this year's MLB uniform changes in his annual season-preview column, which should appear in late March. If you liked this column, you'll probably like his Uni Watch Blog, plus you can follow him on Twitter and Facebook. Want to learn about his Uni Watch Membership Program, be added to his mailing list so you'll always know when a new column has been posted or just ask him a question? Contact him here.

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