The Red Sox narrowly escaped with a 1-0 victory over the Blue Jays on Wednesday night, earning their 100th win of the season. They’re the first team this season to hit the century mark.
Starter David Price tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and no walks with seven strikeouts. He improves to 15-6 with a 3.42 ERA on the year. Steven Wright allowed two base runners in the eighth but got through the frame with no damage. Craig Kimbrel worked around a walk with two strikeouts in the ninth for his 39th save of the season.
The Red Sox are on pace for 114 wins, which would destroy the club record of 105 wins, which was set in 1912. The Red Sox have only won 100-plus games in a season three times before, in 1915 and ’46 along with 1912 and this year.
The AL East title and home field advantage throughout the playoffs seems to be a foregone conclusion for the Red Sox at this point. The closest team to them record-wise is the 92-54 Astros. The Yankees are 10 games out of first place in the AL East.
SAN DIEGO — We knew as of last January that this was coming — and the new uniform designs teams like the Padres, Brewers and Rangers have released in the past few weeks have shown it — but today the images were all released: all 30 teams will wear jerseys with the Nike Swoosh prominently placed on the front starting in the 2020 season.
The move is the result of the deal in which Nike has taken took over from Majestic Athletic as Major League Baseball’s uniform supplier. While Majestic’s logo had long appeared on MLB uniforms — they were making BP jerseys as early as 1982 and were the exclusive game uniform supplier for the past 14 years — that little M had appeared on the sleeve.
The Nike Swoosh, however, is a lot more prominent:
You can see all 30 of them here.
They aren’t all that bothersome on most uniform styles, particularly the newer and busier ones. But to my eyes the Swoosh is a desecration of the more classic, cleaner uniforms like the Yankees, Dodgers, and Tigers as shown above. Yeah, that’s some traditionalism on my part talking — OK, a LOT of traditionalism on my part talking — but it does, objectively, throw off the balance that some of the better uniform designs have long had.
Not that anyone is gonna do anything about it. That ship sailed long ago and the money has already been put in the bank. And, yes, like most things along these lines we’ll likely all get used to this pretty quickly. By May someone will likely have to remind me that I was pissed off about this here in December. I’ll grant that this is a me issue.
Still, at some point down the road, someone at Major League Baseball is going to broach the idea of advertisements on uniforms and a lot of people are going to get angry about it. When they do, I hope you’ll remind them that we’ve already got prominent advertisements on jerseys. We Just Did It.