Major League Baseball unveils uniforms for special events this season

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There are always special uniforms and colors for the All-Star Game. Special caps for Memorial Day and other holidays. Pink accents for Mother’s Day and blue ones for Father’s Day. This year, however, it seems like MLB is making some extra effort to make the little bits of celebratory and memorial flair stand out.

For the first time clubs will celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day in specially designed uniforms. As in previous years, uniform designs were also created to recognize Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. In addition, new looks will be featured during the All-Star events in San Diego with special caps worn during the All-Star Game and some cool Padres-influenced jerseys for the Home Run Derby.

Mothers’ Day will have pink subtly stitched into regular jerseys and clubs will be wearing gray caps with pink accents:

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Father’s Day will be basically the same deal but with blue:

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Memorial Day will once again, be a camouflage thing which I’ve never quite cared for given that the holiday is about fallen servicemen and women as opposed to the military itself, but that ship has long since sailed, apparently:

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Fourth of July will feature stars and stripes on the jerseys and either a red or blue star motif on the caps:

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The Home Run Derby has all kinds of 1970s-Padres style fun:

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Finally, the All-Star Game will have caps of its own as well. Note the little star shaped rivet/air hole thingies:

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As is always the case, sales of these caps and jerseys will support charities with which MLB is partnered. The Mother’s Day stuff will benefit Susan G. Komen, Father’s Day will benefit the Prostate Cancer Foundation, Stand up to Cancer, Welcome Back Veterans and the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services’ “Support Our Troops Fund” will also benefit.

Colin Poche, Rays go to arbitration just $125,000 apart

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Reliever Colin Poche went to salary arbitration with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday with the sides just $125,000 apart.

The gap between the $1.3 million the pitcher asked for and the $1,175,000 the team offered was the smallest among the 33 players who exchanged proposed arbitration figures last month. The case was heard by John Woods, Jeanne Vonhof and Walt De Treux, who will hold their decision until later this month.

A 29-year-old left-hander, Poche had Tommy John surgery on July 29, 2020, and returned to the major leagues last April 22 after six appearances at Triple-A Durham. Poche was 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA and seven saves in 65 relief appearances for the Rays. He struck out 64 and walked 22 in 58 2/3 innings.

Poche had a $707,800 salary last year.

Tampa Bay went to arbitration on Monday with reliever Ryan Thompson, whose decision also is being held until later this month. He asked for $1.2 million and the Rays argued for $1 million.

Rays right-hander Jason Adam and outfielder Harold Ramirez remain scheduled for hearings.

Players and teams have split four decisions thus far. All-Star pitcher Max Fried ($13.5 million) lost to Atlanta and reliever Diego Castillo ($2.95 million) was defeated by Seattle, while pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Marlins.

A decision also is pending for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

Eighteen additional players are eligible for arbitration and hearings are scheduled through Feb. 17. Among the eligible players is Seattle utilityman Dylan Moore, who has a pending three-year contract worth $8,875,000.