The Diamondbacks have gotten rid of the “bloody ankles” uniforms

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Last year the Diamondbacks introduced new uniforms. They were met with mostly negative reviews. That’s not uncommon, however. People’s tastes when it comes to uniform styles tends to be all over the map and often changes over time. People made fun of the old Astros “Tequila Sunrise” jerseys for basically the entire time they existed and then, once they were gone, nostalgia turned them into some sort of classic. The lesson: take everyone’s uniform criticism with a big grain of subjective salt.

There was one element of the Dbacks’ uniforms that I don’t recall anyone praising, however: the red stuff at the ankles of the home uniform pants which the Dbacks called “gradient coloration” but which looked like blood stains. There was black and gray gradient coloration on other pants. That didn’t look too great either.

Now there is good news for detractors of that bit of flair: the Dbacks have done away with it:

“We were listening to fans and players on the changes they wanted us to make,” Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall said. “We knew about a month into the season that we were going to end up making these changes.”

Also changed are the stripes on the uniform pants that only went down to the knee for some dang reason. Now the stripe goes the full way down.

After the bloody ankles and the stripe, the most often criticized thing about the new Arizona livery were those dark gray alternate road unis. Mostly because they made players look like big gray blobs. Those aren’t going away, but now the teal outlining on the names and team numbers has been brightened to give them more pop. Maybe now they’ll seem less blob-like.

Ever forward, Arizona. Maybe one day these togs will be Tequila Sunrise-style classics themselves.

MLB crowds jump from ’21, still below pre-pandemic levels

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PHOENIX — Even with the homer heroics of sluggers like Aaron Judge and Albert Pujols, Major League Baseball wasn’t able to coax fans to ballparks at pre-pandemic levels this season, though attendance did jump substantially from the COVID-19 affected campaign in 2021.

The 30 MLB teams drew nearly 64.6 million fans for the regular season that ended Wednesday, which is up from the 45.3 million who attended games in 2021, according to baseball-reference.com. This year’s numbers are still down from the 68.5 million who attended games in 2019, which was the last season that wasn’t affected by the pandemic.

The 111-win Los Angeles Dodgers led baseball with 3.86 million fans flocking to Dodger Stadium for an average of 47,672 per contest. The Oakland Athletics – who lost 102 games, play in an aging stadium and are the constant subject of relocation rumors – finished last, drawing just 787,902 fans for an average of less than 10,000 per game.

The St. Louis Cardinals finished second, drawing 3.32 million fans. They were followed by the Yankees (3.14 million), defending World Series champion Braves (3.13 million) and Padres (2.99 million).

The Toronto Blue Jays saw the biggest jump in attendance, rising from 805,901 fans to about 2.65 million. They were followed by the Cardinals, Yankees, Mariners, Dodgers, and Mets, which all drew more than a million fans more than in 2021.

The Rangers and Reds were the only teams to draw fewer fans than in 2021.

Only the Rangers started the 2021 season at full capacity and all 30 teams weren’t at 100% until July. No fans were allowed to attend regular season games in 2020.

MLB attendance had been declining slowly for years – even before the pandemic – after hitting its high mark of 79.4 million in 2007. This year’s 64.6 million fans is the fewest in a non-COVID-19 season since the sport expanded to 30 teams in 1998.

The lost attendance has been balanced in some ways by higher viewership on the sport’s MLB.TV streaming service. Viewers watched 11.5 billion minutes of content in 2022, which was a record high and up nearly 10% from 2021.