UPDATE: So it turns out that those leaked “pillbox-style” hats were just a concept by one designer unaffiliated with MLB and not the real deal. This was first reported by Darren Rovell yesterday, but read the explanation of Phil Hecken from Uni Watch here.
I was fooled too and regret running with it without official confirmation, but at least those who hated the design can feel a sense of relief now.
Thursday, 11:30 p.m. ET: Via Phil Hecken of Uni Watch, the caps for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game have apparently been leaked. Check them out below:
This year’s All-Star Game is set to take place in Cincinnati. Just in case it wasn’t obvious, these caps were inspired by the pillbox hat of Reds mascot Mr. Redlegs. The concept was actually foreshadowed in the logo that was released a little while back.
MLB introduced the idea of team-specific All-Star caps for last year’s game in Minneapolis. Those were inspired by the 1970’s batting helmets of the Twins and frankly were much sharper looking than these. It would be cooler if these were true pillbox hats as opposed to simply “pillbox-style,” but it’s hard to get too worked up about something everybody will forget about as soon as it’s over.
Hey MLB, our own Craig Calcaterra has a catchy jingle to sell those hats if you’re interested. I’m sure Bob Dylan will be cool with it: