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Tigers will slightly change uniforms in 2018

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I have long contended that the Tigers home uniform is the best uniform in baseball.

It has looked good for decades. It looks good on any body type. The whites seem brighter than any other team’s whites. The English D is perfection. The blue is the perfect shade of blue. A hair darker than navy, it seems, even if it’s called navy. Aside from one crazy “what in the hell were they thinking?” year in 1960, the Tigers have stuck with that look since 1934 (though the English D was in use as early as 1904). With apologies to the Yankees and the Dodgers, whose livery I have always loved, I believe it to be the best uniform in baseball history.

Which made me freak out for a second when I heard that they were messing with it for 2018. Then I read Anthony Fenech’s piece about it in the Detroit Free Press and I calmed down some, as it’s only a minor tweak. The biggest thing they’re doing is making the “D” on the jersey match the “D” on the cap.

Wait, you didn’t realize that they were two different Ds? Yep, they were. Look at the top of the letter on the cap and the jersey:

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See how the D is flat on the jersey but pointy on the cap? Starting in 2018, the jersey will feature the pointy version too. Also: Miss you, Brad.

That change doesn’t bother me and shouldn’t bother most folks. Indeed, I doubt most folks even knew the Ds were different. More troubling to me is a change Fenech tweeted about a few minutes ago:

This one bugs me. As a bald guy, I wear a lot of caps — at the moment I am rotating Tigers, Dodgers, Braves, Padres and a Columbus Clippers model — but I go back to the Tigers cap a lot because the smaller logo just looks classier somehow. Tastefully understated. Most other cap logos look oversized to me in comparison. I guess the Tigers want to look like the Rangers or whoever now. Blah.

I dunno. If I were them I’d leave the caps alone and focus on increasing the size of the names on the back of the jerseys. God knows fans are going to have a hard time identifying Tigers players next season as it is.

Clayton Kershaw struggles with control, walks six Marlins

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Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw entered Wednesday night’s start against the Marlins without having issued a walk in his previous three starts. In fact, his last walk came on April 3 when he issued a free pass to Paul Goldschmidt with the bases empty and two outs in the bottom of the first inning. All told, Kershaw was on a streak of 26 walk-less innings before he took the mound at home to take on the Marlins.

Kershaw started off Wednesday in character, striking out the side in the first inning. He issued a walk in a tough second inning, but escaped without allowing a run. Kershaw walked two more in the third and again danced out of danger. In the fourth, Kershaw walked Lewis Brinson to load the bases with no outs and — you guessed it — didn’t end up allowing a run. His errant control finally came back to bite him in the fifth when Kershaw issued back-to-back two-out walks, then served up a three-run home run to Miguel Rojas down the left field line. His night was done when he completed the inning. Five innings, three runs, five hits, six walks, seven strikeouts, 112 pitches.

The six walks Kershaw issued over five innings marked his first six-walk outing since April 7, 2010 when he issued six free passes to the Pirates in 4 2/3 innings. The only other time he walked as many was on August 3, 2009 against the Brewers in a four-plus inning outing. Kershaw hasn’t even walked five batters in an outing recently — the last time was September 23, 2012 against the Reds.