In the past couple of years several teams have brought back a retro powder blue look. The sort of which were fairly common as road uniforms from the 1960s through the early 1990s and then just died out. The looks are coming back these days as an alternate jersey rather than a road jersey so they’re not true throwbacks, but they are certainly retro-inspired.
The Royals, if I remember correctly, were the first team to do it. Since then the Phillies and the Cardinals have joined in with nods to their old look. The Rays use a light blue too, though it’s not a throwback since they don’t have any “back” which to “throw.”
The latest team to don the downy-hued duds is the Minnesota Twins, who wore “baby blue” uniforms on the road from 1973 through 1986:
The 2020 alternate uniform, the club says, can be worn by the Twins either at home or on the road, but my guess is that you’ll see it at home more often.
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.