November 20th, 2017
The good news is that if you are a uniform traditionalist, you will be happy to know that the Mets are not changing anything as far as the caps and uniform tops go. Unfortunately, (or fortunately, depending on what kind of cap you like) as is the case every two to three years, Major League Baseball changes it’s cap and uniform template, usually only limited to Spring Training and Batting Practice, and this year is no exception.
The cap is made with the new lightweight “Prolight” material, which, according to SportsLogos.net, will be 26% lighter than the Diamond Era caps. We saw a preview of these Prolight caps on the Holiday caps last year, which was met with generally positive reviews. Most appreciate it’s lightweight feel without the annoying diamond stitching found on the League’s “Diamond Era” caps, an era that lasted less than a decade, from 2013 to 2017.
Side-by-side, the difference is noticeable, and, while I think I prefer proline to DiamondEra, the chrome really throws me off.
Ultimately, this is a minor detail, however, if Major League Baseball decides that they want to expand this to on-field regular season caps, then, the century long tradition of cap embroidery will be gone, something I don’t want to see happen.
I’ll probably buy this cap for the Prolight material alone, and, the timing is perfect with Thanksgiving and Christmas literally right around the corner, but this strikes me as an unnecessary change, and a devaluation to a cap.