The Diamondbacks unveiled some bold new uniform designs

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After hyping the big announcement with the hashtag “DbacksEvolution,” the Diamondbacks unveiled their new uniforms earlier tonight. And boy, were there a lot of them. The Diamondbacks will use a staggering eight different uniform combinations in 2016.

There’s some pretty bold stuff in here. And not always in a good way. Courtesy of the Diamondbacks’ official Twitter account, below is a look at their new primary home and away uniforms as well as their full lineup of looks.

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Where to begin? Other than the sheer number of uniforms here, the main thing that stands out are the dotted/gradient “snakeskin” patterns which can be seen around the shoulders, the bottom of the pants, and even their hats. I’m not a fan of any of it, at least on first impression. And the same goes for the stripe up the pant-leg which ends at thigh level. I get trying to be distinctive, but this feels unnecessary. We’re used to seeing light road grays for teams, but the Diamondbacks are basically going charcoal here. It might be their most successful look. The home alternate with teal also looks pretty sharp.

I’m generally of the camp that less is more when it comes to uniforms, but you have to give the Diamondbacks credit for trying something different. As Diamondbacks CEO and president Derrick Hall said, a lot of these bold designs are aimed at younger people and kids, similar to what we see with some college football uniforms. And by extension, money. They are bound to be polarizing.

The only thing I keep thinking about is their poor equipment manager. It’s going to be a challenge to keep all of these combinations straight.

Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.