Major League Baseball reveals their special event uniforms for 2017

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As has long been the case, Major League Baseball will celebrate various holidays and special occasions with special uniforms this season. Special caps for Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. Pink accents for Mother’s Day and blue ones for Father’s Day. New looks for the All-Star events in Miami. As as also long been the case, Major League Baseball will do nothing for Labor Day, much to my annual annoyance.

New this year: the All-Star uniforms — which are normal regular season uniforms for the most part — will have little patches on the sleeve with a varying number of stars on them depending on how many All-Star games the wearer has been selected for. That’s pretty spiffy. Also new: coordinating socks for the various special uniforms, giving the color motifs a bit more cohesion. Memorial Day still has camo, but with a bit more olive drab to it. The Fourth of July is still red, white and blue. The All-Sar Game workout stuff will be Marlins-inspired, just as last year’s stuff was Padres-inspired.

Oh, and this year, unlike in seasons past, the special uniforms will be worn for the entire weekend of the event in question, not just the day. Makes some sense to get more use out of them I suppose.

Below are some examples of this year’s special livery. As always, you can buy this stuff yourself. As always, proceeds from the sale of the special merch will benefit various charities.

Mother’s Day:

 

 

Memorial Day:

Father’s Day:

Fourth of July:

All-Star Game Workout Day/Home Run Derby Uniform:

All-Star Game Caps:

Have fun, everyone.

 

Japanese outfielder Yoshida to negotiate with MLB teams

Masataka Yoshida
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SAN DIEGO — Outfielder Masataka Yoshida will be able to negotiate with Major League Baseball teams starting Wednesday under the posting system with the Japanese big leagues.

A member of Japan’s Olympic team last year, Yoshida will be posted at 8 a.m. EST on Wednesday and MLB teams have until 5 p.m. EST on Jan. 20 to reach an agreement, the commissioner’s office said Tuesday.

The 29-year-old hit .335 with 21 homers and 88 RBIs in 119 games this year for the Orix Buffaloes of Japan’s Pacific League. A left-handed batter, he has a .327 average with 133 homers and 467 RBIs over seven seasons in the Japanese majors.

Yoshida hit .350 with two RBIs as Japan won last year’s Olympic gold medal.

Under 2017 changes to the posting system, the posting fee will be 20% of the first $25 million of a major league contract, including earned bonuses and options. The percentage drops to 17.5% of the next $25 million and 15% of any amount over $50 million. There would be a supplemental fee of 15% of any earned bonuses, salary escalators and exercised options.

Hard-throwing right-hander Kodai Senga, another member of the Olympic team, is a free agent and does not have to go through the posting system because he has 11 seasons of service time in the Japanese major leagues.

Senga, who turns 30 in January, was 11-6 with a 1.94 ERA in 22 starts for the Pacific League’s Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks. He pitched three scoreless innings in two outings against the U.S. in the Olympics, allowing one hit and striking out six with two walks.