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Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Soccer Out of Context: The AL East

If baseball were to follow soccer, here’s a look at how the uniforms might appear.

Mike Emeigh Posted: January 02, 2013 at 04:30 PM | 33 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: baltimore, boston, business, new york yankees, tampa bay, toronto

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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 02, 2013 at 04:46 PM (#4337243)
These are awesome. I kinda want an Orioles one and I don't even like the Orioles.

Here's the NL Central.
   2. ??'s Biggest Fan! Posted: January 02, 2013 at 04:47 PM (#4337245)
Dibs on the Toronto uni... those things are sharp. Nike, Adidas or whoever has the exclusive MLB license should make these.
   3. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: January 02, 2013 at 04:54 PM (#4337254)
I would buy one of those Yankee ones yesterday.
   4. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: January 02, 2013 at 05:05 PM (#4337266)
Those are great. I don't love the first Orioles jersey, but the second version is a lot better.
   5. ??'s Biggest Fan! Posted: January 02, 2013 at 05:23 PM (#4337285)
I would buy one of those Yankee ones yesterday.

Only if you're not hauling a gut from over-eating over the holidays. The tight cut of the unis and the vertical pinstripes will not be forgiving.
   6. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: January 02, 2013 at 05:27 PM (#4337289)
If soccer teams insist on putting advertising on their unis, why do they make them so damn small?

If you're going to sell out, go big. Look at NASCAR.
   7. Dan Posted: January 02, 2013 at 05:27 PM (#4337290)
I would buy one of those Yankee ones yesterday.


The suggestion that the Yankees would be above a corporate sponsor on the jersey if every other team was doing it was quite laughable. I can't think of any other team that plays a sponsor sound when an opposing hitter strikes out. And the visage of NYS isn't exactly light on paid signage.
   8. DA Baracus Posted: January 02, 2013 at 05:33 PM (#4337300)
Those are all great.
   9. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: January 02, 2013 at 05:36 PM (#4337306)
I actually gasped when I saw the Toronto jersey. Gorgeous, glorious stuff.
   10. I Helped Patrick McGoohan Escape Posted: January 02, 2013 at 06:17 PM (#4337346)
These are really neat, I'm interested to see how the rest of the series goes.

the clever “m-b” mitt logo


And I cannot express how silly I feel for not noticing this earlier.
   11. puck Posted: January 02, 2013 at 07:14 PM (#4337360)
If soccer teams insist on putting advertising on their unis, why do they make them so damn small?

If you're going to sell out, go big. Look at NASCAR.

Or look at soccer.
   12. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: January 02, 2013 at 08:32 PM (#4337391)
Thirding on that Toronto jersey, they should consider it for their actual uniform. That's just incredibly sharp.

The second O's jersey is solid, too.

ETA: The Cardinal jersey is a travesty, though. The Reds are also poorly used.
   13. OsunaSakata Posted: January 02, 2013 at 08:49 PM (#4337412)
The crests/badges should be more like coats of arms. In general, a baseball cap logo is smaller than a football helmet logo so the cap logo is usually simpler. I realize that soccer shirt logos are probably even smaller than baseball cap logos, but that's the tradition. I would have liked to see him create more soccer-like chest logos, like the one for his second attempt at the Orioles.
   14. Paul Antonissen Posted: January 02, 2013 at 09:04 PM (#4337436)
Well done.
   15. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: January 02, 2013 at 09:08 PM (#4337440)
Maybe he's just getting better with practice but I think the NL Central as a group is a step up from the AL East. The Jays and Orioles (ver. 2.0) were great but the rest were just OK. I think all of the NL Central were good except the Cubs and the Reds' threw me simply by having the name of a rival star on the front.

I think the Pirates, Cardinals and Brewers are all better than his AL East efforts.
   16. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: January 02, 2013 at 09:33 PM (#4337463)
Big fan of Blue Jays uni as well.
   17. AndrewJ Posted: January 02, 2013 at 09:38 PM (#4337468)
I prefer the font of the numerals on these Yankee uniforms to those on the actual Yankee uniforms.
   18. Cblau Posted: January 02, 2013 at 09:45 PM (#4337477)
If baseball followed soccer, wouldn't the Red Sox be relegated to the minors? Hey, I'm starting to see the beauty of soccer!
   19. Mattbert Posted: January 02, 2013 at 10:29 PM (#4337519)
The crests/badges should be more like coats of arms. In general, a baseball cap logo is smaller than a football helmet logo so the cap logo is usually simpler. I realize that soccer shirt logos are probably even smaller than baseball cap logos, but that's the tradition. I would have liked to see him create more soccer-like chest logos, like the one for his second attempt at the Orioles.

Agreed. It's harsh to complain about something done just for fun (and for free), but most of the logos he chose don't really work as crests for a soccer shirt.

Boston's crest should be something along the lines of the socks and baseball enclosed in the circle with their name, as seen here. That's much more soccery.
   20. Random Transaction Generator Posted: January 02, 2013 at 11:10 PM (#4337606)
   21. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: January 03, 2013 at 01:02 AM (#4337724)
I think that Pirates jersey is amazing,
   22. OsunaSakata Posted: January 03, 2013 at 07:55 AM (#4337771)
I could see this a potential new revenue source interchangeably between baseball, hockey and soccer - Yankees hockey sweaters and soccer jerseys, Canadiens baseball and soccer jerseys, Barcelona for baseball and hockey. It doesn't quite work as well for basketball and football. Judging from the response here, a well-designed, licensed MLB soccer shirt would sell quite well. If it's a good design, I'd like a cotton baseball jersey.
   23. DKDC Posted: January 03, 2013 at 08:28 AM (#4337789)
The second Orioles one is great - definitely would rock that as a workout shirt.

The Calvert crest is such a no brainer for this, I can't believe he missed it the first time.

He might be able to produce and sell some of these shirts with some tweaks to avoid using MLB property (although I guess the corporate logos have to go too, and those are pretty integral).
   24. Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: January 03, 2013 at 08:58 AM (#4337801)
I like the style but I just can't bring myself to voluntarily wear corporate branding. If they want me to be a walking billboard they should pay me to wear the shirt. If MLB ever goes to sponsorship on the jerseys I will be very sad about it.
   25. Mattbert Posted: January 03, 2013 at 09:07 AM (#4337805)
That's our Shooty for you. Pure as the driven snow.
   26. Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: January 03, 2013 at 09:13 AM (#4337808)
That's our Shooty for you. Pure as the driven snow.

Naw, I just want to be paid like any good capitalist. I am more than willing to take offers to monetize my wardrobe.
   27. Sean Forman Posted: January 03, 2013 at 09:43 AM (#4337820)
I would have liked to see him create more soccer-like chest logos, like the one for his second attempt at the Orioles.


Agreed. I want to see Papelbon kiss the crest on his jersey after striking out the side at the end of a close game.
   28. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: January 03, 2013 at 09:52 AM (#4337825)
I love the Reds and Cardinals jerseys. The Pirates one is also really good.
   29. BDC Posted: January 03, 2013 at 10:20 AM (#4337840)
I dunno, if the O's are going to be a UPS affiliate they need more brown in the uniform :)

Also, I hope the Reds sign Ryan Braun when they adopt the new look.
   30. Fly should without a doubt be number !!!!! Posted: January 03, 2013 at 10:41 AM (#4337875)
If any MLB team was going to go with the charity sponsor, wouldn't it be the Red Sox and the Jimmy Fund?
   31. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: January 03, 2013 at 11:12 AM (#4337903)
If any MLB team was going to go with the charity sponsor, wouldn't it be the Red Sox and the Jimmy Fund?
Given the FSG took Warrior's money to dress Liverpool in this...thing, it seems hard to believe they'd pass up sponsor bucks.
   32. Tom Nawrocki Posted: January 03, 2013 at 12:02 PM (#4337954)
The Cubs should be sponsored by Wrigley's.
   33. SuperGrover Posted: January 06, 2013 at 08:33 PM (#4340362)
These are fantastic. Agreed on the Blue Jays perfection, but also really dig the Brewers.

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