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New Lids

To ensure that American consumers never lack the latest in branded attire, MLB periodically develops a whole suite of new batting practice caps.  The whole collection was leaked to the incomparable Uni Watch today.  There’s some unfortunate stuff going on — the Braves have gone all in on the “Screamin’ Indian” logo, and grey appears to be the new teal — but in all, the hats are better than their predecessors.

 

I’m especially thankful that they don’t have the goofy touches from years past — like faux ear flaps and piping that runs from the bill to the crown.  That said, I’m not positive I love the inclusion of Mr. Redlegs on a cap.  He’s quite a detailed little chap, and doesn’t make a great transition to  2 1/4 inches.  They’d probably have been better served to just put his head on there.   I also agree with Uni Watch’s Paul Lukas that the black road version is unnecessary.

What do you think?  Is this something you’d buy?  Any favorites, other than the Reds?  I like the Astros, Blue Jays, and Mets.

21 thoughts on “New Lids

  1. I really like the new home version, much better than years past. I am all for incorporating Mr. Redlegs into all pieces of uniform. The Astros, Rays, and Mets have nice BP caps also.

  2. I like the home lids. . . . As for the road versions, why do the Reds seem intent on reminding us of those recent years in which black was a dominant part of the unis? . . .

  3. As someone who does fashion sourcing/production for a living … I’ll put in my few cents.

    I’d have to agree that the detail on Mr.Redlegs is going to be really tough to actualize at that size. I’m not sure what technique they’re going to use — an all out embroidery? If so — it will never get the necessary detail and will ultimately look sloppy especially in mass any kind of mass production… Or some kind of printed applique? which will make it look cheap and cheasy.

    As for the two version – I agree I don’t understand the neccessity of having two. But I actually like the contrast on the black version. Its visually more appealing to my eye. (Sorry those who don’t like black in the uniform — would you have preferred they use grey??)

  4. Now if they could just get the players to wear red legs for a team called the Redlegs. A few do, like Mike Leake. But to have those white pants pulled down to the heels is Baseball Sacrilege. That would be the best uniform makeover the Reds could do.

  5. I would definitely buy, and I kinda prefer the road version, too. Uniform-wise, I have to admit, I still miss the sleeveless unis from before the most recent change, although I do agree they went a little overboard with the black towards the end.

    But what do I know?

  6. Oh, and I like seeing some sock in the uni, but I like it much better when there are stirrups involved…

  7. I like the home design. I’m against black period on Reds unis. I hate the black bill on the Reds away hats during the regular season. Ruins an otherwise nice uni to me. All red on the hats please.

    I LOVE the Astros BP hat!

  8. thank the Lord the piped hats are gone. Also I wish the black crowned hats would go away too (both BP and game). And I would be fine to make the official uni include showing the RED stockings. One reason right there to keep Leake around.

  9. That’s an unfortunate choice in my opinion. I’m not a big fan of old school Mr. Red at all. Does explain why I got such a good deal on my new old style BP hat though. :) Count me in with those who want to see the return of the red stockings.

    • That’s an unfortunate choice in my opinion.I’m not a big fan of old school Mr. Red at all.Does explain why I got such a good deal on my new old style BP hat though. Count me in with those who want to see the return of the red stockings.

      Ditto. Er, except for a return of the red stockings part. But I get the Reds need to appeal to a new generation of ball fans, so have at it. Raise them up right.

  10. I really like it and I agree with Love4Reds–the black one works because it’s a nice contrast and I think it actually helps bring out some of the detail on Mr. Redlegs.

  11. Big topic for the year last year had to be Todd Frazier. According to the sideline he has 342 topics. And he did 90% of those this year I bet. Votto and Phillips (and to a lesser degree Bruce) will always be fan favorites. But Frazier has taken The Nation by storm this year. Well done Super Todd.

  12. I like the C on Reds hats but I hate Mr Red. He’s a ridiculous mascot. The only positive I see out of the new Reds hat is that it doesn’t offend people like the Atlanta Braves’ new selection.

  13. I must have terrible taste:

    I liked the swoopy piping as a fan hat (although I agree, it looked silly during batting practice)

    I love Mr. Redleg, I agree it might not transfer perfectly, but I find them pretty good. Also, in HD, it’ll look fine.

    I actually prefer the black design because of the higher contrast….BUT, I agree 1 red design is more than sufficient.

    …but at least we agree on one thing… the Redlegs should wear high-socks. Last I checked, all the Reds minor leage teams require it already.

  14. I don’t like the new version of Mr. Red as much as I like the Mr. Red logo from the 80′s and 90′s. I’d like to see that version brought back and used more on the uniforms and caps. As far as the inclusion of black goes, I like it and would like to see an alternate jersey made that is black with white lettering, red piping and red trim on the white lettering. I would buy that as soon as it became available. They had a spring training jersey back a few years ago that was black, but the design sucked. :mrgreen:

  15. I like the hats. I like any Reds hat though! Got a hat for Christmas that looks like the road version, but grey rather than red. Wear it everyday. These do look pretty solid though.
    Don’t kill me or anything, but Ive always loved the old Brewers logo with the glove. No reason, just like that logo

    • I like the hats. I like any Reds hat though! Got a hat for Christmas that looks like the road version, but grey rather than red. Wear it everyday. These do look pretty solid though.
      Don’t kill me or anything, but Ive always loved the old Brewers logo with the glove. No reason, just like that logo

      I suppose it’s probably okay to like another team’s logo.

  16. As a graphic artist, I’ll put in my two cents. I agree that Mr. Red should just be the head, like Mr. Met, they are fun designs, but too small to really “read” very well. I don’t like the away version at all. I’ve never understood why the Reds introduced black into their color palette. Years past it was blue and the away hat would look much better with a overall blue hat than black. Overall most of the new hats are very simple and really don’t look very different than the hat that team already wears. Not sure why the Yankees have white on their hat. Most of these hats would look better with a lighter color. For example: dark blue and light blue for the Yankees, or red.

  17. I do not mind this new logo. I really would like to see the Reds go back to the all white C on the red hat and get rid of the black shadow on the C. I would also like to see the Reds go back to the same uni’s they had in the mid 1970′s with the uni tops being button down instead of pullovers. A turn back the clock uni’s on friday home games would be great, as well.

  18. I just wish it were 7 weeks from now so that we would have real stuff talk about, like pitchers and catchers reporting.

  19. I’m not a fan of any of the Reds mascots, really. At one point I might have been okay with Rosie Red. That is until I learned that’s a dude under the costume. Now’s it’s just creepier than words can express.

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