Padres unveil new road and camo uniforms for 2011


Back in November of 2003, the Padres decided to abandon the traditional road gray uniforms that most teams used and continue to use.

Instead, they decided to play away games in a sand-colored jersey, meant to represent the beaches of San Diego.

The change was met with immediate criticism.  The Padres’ new sand jersey looked like a khaki suit more than a baseball uniform.  But the Friars stuck with the look for a whole seven seasons.

Today, the Padres announced that they are going back to the good old days of gray and they even tweeted a picture of outfielder Will Venable rocking the new duds which look, well, normal.

The club has also come up with a new version of their camouflage uniforms, this time with a digital spin.  They will be worn, as usual, during Sunday home games as a tribute to the many U.S. Marines who populate the San Diego area.  Whether you like the look of those or not, it’s hard to argue with the sentiment.

Joe Girardi is not a fan of Game 162 scheduling

Joe Girardi
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The Yankees fell behind early to the Orioles on Sunday afternoon, a day after dropping both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader. Their game, as did every other game on Sunday with the exception of the Braves-Cardinals doubleheader, started at 3:05 or 3:10 EDT, a change Major League Baseball recently made to create fairness on the final day of the season.

Girardi is not a fan. Per the Associated Press:

It was cloudy at Camden Yards at 3:05 p.m., but late-afternoon games often make it difficult for batters to see pitches.

Girardi said, “Here’s the thing that bothers me: If it’s a sunny day you’re playing in shadows.”

He added, “If it’s the most important game of the year to get in, I don’t think that’s right.”

Understanding the idea is for every team to play at the same time, Girardi said, “Then play all night games.”

One wonders if MLB had scheduled Sunday’s slate of games for the night, if Girardi would have instead complained about batters losing fly balls in the stadium lights. Furthermore, both teams have to play in the same conditions.

Video: Ichiro Suzuki pitches an inning for the Marlins

Ichiro Suzuki
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Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki was given an opportunity to play a new position in Sunday’s series finale against the Phillies. After the Phillies rallied to take a 6-2 lead in the seventh, the Marlins let Suzuki take the hill in the eighth. And, in news that surprises no one, he was impressive.

Though Suzuki gave up a run on two hits, he flashed a fastball that hit the mid-80’s and a breaking ball with some bite.

Suzuki, who turns 42 years old later this month, is 65 hits of 3,000 in his major league career. The Marlins are interested in bringing him back in 2016.