Baseball uniforms are getting brighter


This is a fun story from John Larue of The Hardball Times. It’s an analysis of what colors teams have worn since 1962. That year was chosen as the starting point due to expansion and the rise of color television. As well as the fact that the 1960s truly did mark the end of a decades-long orthodoxy in uniform colors and style so it makes sense.

It’s a deep dive too, not just going with primary color schemes, but looking at who is wearing truly white whites as opposed to creams as well as categorizing overall cultural trends like 1990s purple and teal and the rise of black and silvers and grays. He also notes how the plethora of new ballparks have impacted uniform color trends. When you get a new ballpark, the rebranding tends to be pretty thorough, often with new duds as well.

The upshot of it all: after a period in which uniforms returned to their conservative roots in the 1990s and early 2000s, we’re seeing a bit of a color explosion once again with lots of bright colors. A lot of it is driven by nostalgia and throwbacks to the 1970s and 80s, but color is color, right?

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu is scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.