Last month Ian Kinsler made a point of telling people that he planned on being the unofficial spokesman for the Tigers:
Kinsler believes it’s important to have a veteran everyday player who is willing to speak after every Tigers game — win or lose — because that is the best way for players to convey how the team is feeling to fans watching interviews on television or reading stories on the Internet or in the newspaper . . . .”The most important thing is the fans,” Kinsler said of his new role. “The second most important thing is my teammates, that they don’t have to worry about it. They don’t have to have people hovering over their shoulders if they’re not comfortable with talking.”
He spoke to the fans yesterday and seemed to say “if you don’t like us, well, find a different team to root for.” From the Detroit Free Press:
When told that fans can’t figure out the team’s uneven performance, he said: “They’re entitled to their opinion. If they want to root for someone else they think is more consistent, that is fine. You know we need as many as we can get.”
Not exactly the sort of thing one might expect from a self-proclaimed clubhouse spokesman. But definitely conveys the mood of a team that is struggling lately.
SAN DIEGO — We knew as of last January that this was coming — and the new uniform designs teams like the Padres, Brewers and Rangers have released in the past few weeks have shown it — but today the images were all released: all 30 teams will wear jerseys with the Nike Swoosh prominently placed on the front starting in the 2020 season.
The move is the result of the deal in which Nike has taken took over from Majestic Athletic as Major League Baseball’s uniform supplier. While Majestic’s logo had long appeared on MLB uniforms — they were making BP jerseys as early as 1982 and were the exclusive game uniform supplier for the past 14 years — that little M had appeared on the sleeve.
The Nike Swoosh, however, is a lot more prominent:
You can see all 30 of them here.
They aren’t all that bothersome on most uniform styles, particularly the newer and busier ones. But to my eyes the Swoosh is a desecration of the more classic, cleaner uniforms like the Yankees, Dodgers, and Tigers as shown above. Yeah, that’s some traditionalism on my part talking — OK, a LOT of traditionalism on my part talking — but it does, objectively, throw off the balance that some of the better uniform designs have long had.
Not that anyone is gonna do anything about it. That ship sailed long ago and the money has already been put in the bank. And, yes, like most things along these lines we’ll likely all get used to this pretty quickly. By May someone will likely have to remind me that I was pissed off about this here in December. I’ll grant that this is a me issue.
Still, at some point down the road, someone at Major League Baseball is going to broach the idea of advertisements on uniforms and a lot of people are going to get angry about it. When they do, I hope you’ll remind them that we’ve already got prominent advertisements on jerseys. We Just Did It.