Craig Calcaterra, writing for NBC Sports:
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
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.
I’m of course most partial to the Yankees, but I’d say the swoosh is even more objectionably prominent on the Dodger and Tiger jerseys, because they’re so utterly plain. The Yankee pinstripes disguise it to some degree.
On the good news front, the old-is-new uniforms for the Brewers and Padres are both excellent. The Brewers have too many alternates — the pinstriped home alternates feel off-brand, and the alternate cap is just dumb-looking — but both of these uniforms are spot-on for the teams, both of which had gone way off track in recent decades. Kudos to the Padres for sticking with just one cap.
★ Monday, 9 December 2019