1:41 pm, March 13th, 2014
The Cubs have truly outdone themselves. No, not it terms of fielding a good team of luring free agents or even cultivating young talent, but in terms of honoring their 100 year legacy of sucking at Wrigley Field. Hey, I’m a Knicks fan — you don’t have to tell me twice about what it’s like to watch a franchise routinely reminisce about the time before color television.
For the most part, the big changes come on the alternate uniforms, with a few subtle lettering alterations on two primary kits. Also, two of the oldest franchises in baseball will change their official logos this season, opting out of the cartoon face for a less controversial single letter. Honestly, we like where all this is headed. The less baseball jerseys make people look like this…
…the better off we all are. Here are the 19 best uniform and logo changes you’ll see for the 2014 MLB season, which kicks off in two weeks.
Replaces "Athletics" with the cap logo.
2.Braves Red Alternate
Going with the USA thing, which is always pretty cool. No word on wether this alternate will only be for military appreciation days or a consistently used alternative to the white and grey unis.
3.Cubs 1920's Throwback Road Alternate
One of nine throwbacks the Cubbies will rock during Wrigley's 100th Anniversary Season, though this one will get more action than the rest, seeing as it's cool and simple and doesn't have powder blue pinstripes. Just wait for that one...
4.Dodgers Grey Alternate Alternate
No, that's not a typo -- they'll now have two grey alternates. One will say "Dodgers" and the other will say "Magic Johnson Inc."
5.Giants Orange Alternate
Going with the fancy shmancy "L.A. Noir" script over the block lettering they've used since the late 70's. Very San Fran, which is always cool, but the angle of the lettering makes it look like a sash and/or the "t" in "Giants" is trying to run off the shirt.
6.Red Sox Away
I was always a big fan of the simple blue block lettering, but both are classic. This is merely a rotation of fonts Boston has been playing with for the last decade or so.
Cap logo used instead of "Royals," plus some subtle powder blue piping. Pretty cool, though they kind of look like BP jerseys.
8.Texas Rangers Font Change
The old letter used to feature a darker blue, while the red and blue alternates used to feature silver lettering.
9.Pirates Drop The Pirate
The official logo of the Pirates was always confusing to me. Why do they shun the best letter-logo in sports for a goofy cartoon pirate that uses an orangey-yellow font color? Never made sense to me. Apparently someone made the call and they'll now be repping the iconic "P" everyone loves from the caps.
10.Chief Wahoo Replaced By
It was only a matter of time for this one. The motive may have been political correctness -- which is understandable -- but the "C" is pretty damn iconic, just like the Pirates "P." No word on whether actual Pirates lobbied for the change in Pittsburgh citing the unfair stereotype they only have one eye, goatees, and a permanent scowl on their faces.
11.Cubs 1994 Throwback
Sammy Sosa anyone? Debuting on 8/24/14 vs Orioles, for the complete 90's effect. Also, anyone notice the similarity between this uni and the
Cuban World Baseball Classic one?
12.Cubs 1988 Throwback
Ryne Sandberg anyone? Debuting on 8/10/14 vs the Rays.
13.Cubs 1978 Throwback
Dave Roberts anyone? Debuting on 7/27/14 vs the Cardinals. Definitely a forgettable jersey -- though better than the shorts and collars from around that time.
14.Cubs 1969 Throwback
Ron Santo anyone? Debuting on 7/13/14 vs the Braves. Also, gotta love the Pokemon bear logo patch on the arm.
15.Cubs 1953 Throwback
Ernie Banks anyone? Debuting on 6/22/14 vs the Pirates. Plain, simple, and something you could wear in public. Very cool.
16.Cubs 1942 Throwback
Stan Hack anyone? Debuting 6/8/14 vs the Marlins. Does that patch say "HEALTH" a la the NFL logo? If you told me this was from the early 2000's I would totally believe you.
17.Cubs 1937 Throwback
Ripper Collins anyone? Debuting 5/18/14 vs the Brewers. Quite possibly the coolest Cubs uniform ever, and definitely their most "1999 Atlanta Braves" design.
18.Cubs 1929 Throwback
Rodgers Hornsby anyone? Debuting 5/4/14 vs the Cardinals. Looks like the Chicago Bears "C" logo, except there's this sad little bear inside it who clearly has no one to play with (maybe you'd have friends if you didn't keep eating them, bud).
19.Cubs 1914 Chicago Federals Throwback
Debuting on 4/23/14 vs the Diamonbacks, who play in Arizona -- a state that didn't exist until 1912. Sometimes we wonder if AZ has changed much since then...
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