Clayton Kershaw made his way to the 2016 Winter Meetings in Maryland yesterday to help usher in a new era in on-field Baseball uniforms. As you may know, it was announced that Under Armour will be the game’s official uniform outfitter starting in 2020 - taking over for Majestic. To help introduce the brand to the Baseball public was Kershaw, along with Francisco Lindor on his right and Brian Dozier on his left.
One item of note that I thought worth mentioning (originally noted by Paul Lukas at UniWatch) is the inclusion of a brand makers-mark (logo) on the front upper-right chest area of the new uniforms - a first for the league. In the past, the Majestic makers-mark was seen on the sleeve. Now, it'll be front and center. Slowly but surely logo adverts on uniforms will become the norm. Ugh....
You should definitely take a look at Paul's post at UniWatch. He shares some photoshopped pics that shows what the logo-creep will look like. It's a little unsettling (as the Baseball purest I often am), but I imagine most folks won't think anything of it.
Photograph at the very top via David Vassegh on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
- This Day in Dodgers History: In 1973 the Dodgers traded Claude Osteen to the Astros for Jim Wynn. In 2006 the Dodgers signed free agent pitcher Jason Schmidt. In 2007 signed free agent outfielder Andruw Jones. Wow! This is a bad day to sign free agents, eh?
- Happy Birthday, Tommy Brown & Dodgers broadcaster Joe Davis!
- Video: Rich Hill joins the MLB Tonight crew to talk about signing a three-year contract to stay with the Dodgers. (Video Link)
- In WBC news Adrian Gonzalez has confirmed that he'll be playing for Team Mexico (via J.P. Hoornstra at Inside the Dodgers), and apparently Kenta Maeda has declined to play for Japan (via Doug Padilla at ESPN). Clayton Kershaw, on the other hand, is still undecided (per a tweet by Andy McCullough).
- BTW, Clayton Kershaw is doing just fine physically. Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com; "Kershaw says back injury no longer a concern."
"Threw today for the first time. Didn't hurt today, so that's good," he said.
(Pic via @MLB on twitter)
He said his offseason conditioning will change slightly in the wake of the injury.
"I'm not having to subtract very much," he said. "It's different and just adding more stuff just to keep healthy. I think every player, as you get older, has to do that. Regardless of the back or not, that's what I'd be doing."
- Via David Venn at MLB.com; "Roberts believes upbeat Puig can help Dodgers."
"He's excited to come into Spring Training healthy; his weight's going to be where he needs it to be and where the training staff feels it's best for him," said Roberts, who added that Puig will begin hitting off a tee "in the near future" and will travel to Los Angeles at the beginning of January to work with Dodgers strength and conditioning coach Brandon McDaniel. "He's in good spirits."
- Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com; "Dodgers 'meet-and-greets' available for great cause."
The Dodgers have donated "Meet-and-Greet" experiences with National League Manager of the Year Award winner Dave Roberts and legendary pitcher Fernando Valenzuela, and a "Spring Training Bay Boy/Bat Girl" experience. The full list of auction experiences -- including "meet-and-greets" with Randy Johnson, Mike Trout, Jose Altuve, Don Mattingly and Mike Scioscia -- can be viewed at mlb.com/shannon.
- RIP, Margaret Whitton. Via Mike Barnes at the Hollywood Reporter; "Margaret Whitton, 'Major League' Movie Actress, Dies at 67."
Margaret Whitton, the actress perhaps best known for portraying Rachel Phelps, the Las Vegas showgirl turned owner of the Cleveland Indians, in the two Major League movies, has died. She was 67.
- Fans everywhere are now licking their chops. Via Chris Cwik at Big League Stew; "Japanese star Shohei Otani wants to play in MLB in 2018."
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