San Diego Padres

Padres bring back the brown

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The San Diego Padres were famous for wearing multiple variations of brown and mustard yellow from their inception as a major league franchise in 1969 through 1984. After that they went with only slight brown or gold accents and then just blue and orange until 2003. Since 2004 they’ve been almost exclusively in blue and white, with the only exception being a minor addition of gold accenting in 2016.

Which means that they’d been pretty bland and boring for a very, very long time. What’s more, they’ve been a team that turned its back on its defining aesthetic and that’s rarely a great thing. While, for the past several season, the club has worn brown alternate uniforms on Friday home games and other special occasions, fans have clamored for the Padres to make a full time return to their sartorial roots for some time.

Last January they announced they would be doing so. Yesterday they made it official, unveiling the new livery:

The mustard is now gold, but those are pretty recognizable, even if they’re not exact copies of some of the older Padres styles. And to be sure, there were many older styles — some radical, some tame, some ugly, some excellent — even if people tend to lump them together in their minds. Either way, this seems like a pretty good step forward.

As Fernando Tatís Jr. said yesterday, they give the team a visual identity they have mostly lacked of late:

“It’s going to be different, it’s going to be unique, and like they said, they’re going to know who’s playing right away when they see the brown on the field”

Team owner Ron Fowler — who was reluctant to return to brown uniforms for some time — was a tad more blunt about it:

“People wanted brown and we gave it to them. Now we’ve got to start winning baseball games.”

But hey, even if they don’t, they’ll look better losing than they used to.

Report: Mets sign Brad Brach to one-year, $850,000 contract

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets and free agent reliever Brad Brach have agreed on a one-year deal worth $850,000. The contract includes a player option for the 2021 season with a base salary of $1.25 million and additional performance incentives.

Brach, 33, signed as a free agent with the Cubs this past February. After posting an ugly 6.13 ERA over 39 2/3 innings, the Cubs released him in early August. The Mets picked him up shortly thereafter. Brach’s performance improved, limiting opposing hitters to six runs on 15 hits and three walks with 15 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings through the end of the season.

While Brach will add some much-needed depth to the Mets’ bullpen, his walk rate has been going in the wrong direction for the last three seasons. It went from eight percent in 2016 to 9.5, 9.7, and 12.8 percent from 2017-19. Needless to say the Mets are hoping that trend starts heading in the other direction next season.