A few days ago, I was doing some shopping on the Mets team shop, and, hidden in the youth section was a cap that was labeled as “on-field authentic”. A few tweets with Mr.Michael Baron later, and we knew for sure that it was going to be replacing the orange brimmed home alternate.
Later, I started to look for the Spring Training/Practice uniform, and after finding it by searching with keywords (yes, I got that into it) I eventually found what I was looking for.
Immediately a lot of feedback was ushered at me. From Doug Rowan asking what I’ve been thinking since I saw it a few weeks ago for the first time.
To Nicholas Schiavo, who tweeted what the uniform will look like with a player’s number (no name on the back & number above the Majestic logo Philly style)
To this guy, who thinks that these are batting practice jackets. Which is fair argument, because that’s what the MLB shop is advertising them as.
Even a retail buyer/manager from the Houston Astros chirped in, confirming what is actually the truth:
Mr.Gallow is correct, they will not be worn during Spring Training games, just during all other non-game action, but…..
Let me clarify a few things.
First, this is an official design, and it will be the batting practice uniform during the 2017 season. MLB is internally calling them a “Batting Practice Uniform” that will debut in Spring Training. So basically, during warm-ups, pitchers and catchers, and before regular season games, the guys will be wearing the above uniform, which is in 3/4th’s style.
But it says jacket! – That’s true. It might actually be a “jacket” because it’s so long in the arms, or the shop might be selling a separate article of clothing that is identical in length and design, but I wasn’t talking about what’s for sale, I was talking about the design, which are identical to the internal renderings.
You said this is the Spring Training uniform, is it? – It will be worn during Spring Training, just not during the exhibition games. Spring Training is more than just the games. The games will feature either the regular season uniform, this batting practice 3/4th’s, or maybe a separate FL/AZ themed uniform like last year. So, to answer the question, yes and no. It will be worn during Spring Training just not all the time.
How can you be so sure, you are a blogger! – That’s 100% true. Aside from the Minnesota Twins uniform story back in 2015, I’ve never “found” an un-released uniform before, and since I’m a neophyte in this area, you should just wait to see MLB’s official release, see that it’s the same as my report, and then trust me more in the future.
Why is MLB switching to a long-sleeved design for Batting Practice? – I’m sure there is a scientific explanation, but I honestly don’t know. I’m not a huge fan of the design.
When is MLB going to release this design? – Now that the cat is out of the bag, soon. Also, offseason time is running out, so I’d assume in a few weeks.
Thoughts on all the uniform changes for 2017? – I’ll write a separate post on that in a few days, but overall they are an improvement. I caught wind of Mr.Met getting removed from the uniform a while back, but the cap was a total surprise. Both are improvements, but the alternate cap, while nice, now looks a tad bit un-necessary and redundant with the white underline being the only difference between it and the primary cap worn with the home pinstripes and road grays.
I hope this post clears up some of the confusion, any other questions tweet me @NikoMetsPlus or email me at Niko@MetsPlus.com