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  1. The thing with Kareem is that he's more remembered as a Laker/UCLA Bruin than as a Buck. If there's going to be any Buck on the list, it'd probably be Oscar Robertson or Ray Allen. Even then, I'd be tempted to have a famed Marquette basketball player in over them (i.e. George Thompson - for his work with the team after his playing days, Bo Ellis, or even Dwayne Wade).
  2. He might rejoin the bullpen, should Strickland be sent to Tampa in exchange for prospects and a certain guy with Achilles problems and a big orange cat.
  3. I'm a wordy guy, who enjoys explaining out all of what I do as a means of justifying it. I could have reduced it to a few sentences, but I like exploring the process a bit more. The reason I called out you (and several other Twins fans) for getting "worked up" was because of how closed-minded you guys were to the mere suggestion that the TC is not a perfect logo. Screaming "hands off" does not strike me as the action of somebody who has an open mind to changes in their team's identity. Rather, it makes it look like you're unable to engage in a thoughtful dialogue on aesthetics. I wouldn't call myself disdainful of opposing viewpoints at all. Heck, I like incorporating updates into my work, and I like people challenging my stances. It gives me a chance to understand where they're coming from and why they think that way. It also helps to nuance my viewpoints, so that I may express them better. Take a look at how I came around to the name "Anaheim Angels" after years of being pro-"Los Angeles Angels." However, I loathe when fans insist that any logo is untouchable and aren't open to any suggestions of alterations. I'm open to people switching things (read: any elements of the team's identity) up for the Giants, and I consider them to have one of the best looks in the game. Twins fans could do with a little loosening up (see how MJD7 has opened up to changing the TC). Maybe I got pissy in expressing my distaste, but that's only because I noticed hardheaded attitude more in Twins fans than in other fanbases. I apologize if I came off as confrontational and for adding that North Stars dig. Thanks! Yeah, the "M" doesn't work that well as a patch. However, just putting the "TC" on the uniform is a little too simple/redundant for my liking. I have a feeling you'll like my solution. I thought about having yellow, but that would make the logo look messier than it did before. The silver allows the ball/script to stand out a bit more. As for the amount of white on the hat, that's why the road uniform has those large sock stripes. That's where the white comes from on the uniform. Besides, you see white cap logos on uniforms without white/barely any white all the time (i.e. Dodgers, Braves, Cardinals, etc.). Increasing the amount of red makes them look too much like the Red Sox and Indians (the navy/red teams need to have diverse color distributions). I figured that the TC and the color distribution wouldn't be popular with everybody, and that's OK. Anyway, alternate take time! TWIN CITIES TWINS, PT. II - A historical twist and regional colors I dislike teams using state names as identifiers. While I make an exception for Minnesota (due to the nature of Minneapolis and St. Paul), these alternate takes provide an opportunity for some experimentation. I decided to use that racist jackass Calvin Griffith's planned name for the Minnesota Twins, the Twin Cities Twins. While that name may be one of the most redundant city/team names ever (edging out Los Angeles Angels), I wanted to see in action. I also wanted to do a blue/green color scheme for the team (as these alternate takes are all about "death to navy/red"). @MJD7 has done a good job with royal/kelly, @dsaline97 used the navy/kelly colorway (click "open image in new tab" to stick it to Photobucket), and I have a little history with this color scheme as well, even if it had the "janky" script. I opted for Forest Green (same shade from my Red Sox alternate take) and Light Blue (used by the '97-'04 Utah Jazz). I distributed the colors in the same manner as the 1987-2009 uniforms, with green and blue being co-dominant. This colorway separates them from my Stingrays concept. The primary mark is a merger of the 1961-86 sleeve patch (see admiral's post above) and the state logo. I also added a roundel, with the names of the Twin Cities and the founding date. The uniforms are pretty much the same as the first concept, but with the colors swapped out and the addition of the "Twin Cities" cursive script (made with letters from the "Minnesota" script and the "C" from Fenway Park JF). The alternates are pretty simple. The blue jersey has a blue-crowned cap in tribute to the 1976-86 home cap, while the green top has the "Twin Cities" wordmark and the tertiary logo (to work on both home and road settings). The sleeve patch will also appear on the navy/red update. While I'm not a big fan of the "Twin Cities Twins" name, I still thought the moniker and the color scheme were made for a interesting "alternate takes." C+C is greatly appreciated, as always! Up next, the Oakland Athletics!
  4. Bleep Bartolo Colon. The "has multiple families (due to infidelity) and doesn't want to pay for all of them" thing is just something I can't get past. The sooner he's out of baseball, the better. Also, I know this is an unpopular opinion, but Vlad should get into Cooperstown as an Angel. He won his MVP in Anaheim, had a bunch of accolades/peaked there, and nobody in the Hall of Fame has an Angels plaque (although Nolan Ryan and maybe Rod Carew should).
  5. Isn't it funny that all of the talk about how "dated" the logos are and the "appropriateness" of the Rockies-inspired look stopped when the new uniforms came out?
  6. I have a feeling that Buster Posey will probably knock Steve Young off of the list soon. As for the other places I've lived: Milwaukee (counting the Packers) - Aaron Rodgers, Bart Starr, Bret Favre, Hank Aaron, and Robin Yount (I'd swap Favre for Marquette's Al McGuire, if we're counting coaches) Portland/Oregon - Bill Walton, Clyde Drexler, Terry Porter, Steve Prefontaine (track & field, but he still counts), and maybe Phil Knight (again, can owners/donors count?)
  7. I get that Nuñez is getting traded, but to bring back a guy who scorched all of his bridges with the Giants? At least people can wear the silly panda hats again.
  8. Thanks. I'll incorporate that into an update (given the patch and sock stripe designs)! Now, onto a concept that's sure to piss several people off! MINNESOTA TWINS, PT. I - Completing the Target Field-ization Let's get this one out of the way; I don't like the "classic" TC logo. I'll explain: Said negative reaction to the idea of changing the TC into a more cohesive and "modern" logo included such gems as these: I was surprised with how defensive some Twins fans get when you dare suggest that the TC isn't a perfect logo. Guys, just because an insignia has been around for a long time doesn't mean it can't change with the times. Then again, when you consider how some Twins fans wish for the Wild to take on the North Stars' name and steal the North Stars' mediocre history away from the (Stanley Cup-winning) Dallas Stars, such nasty attitudes don't seem out of place. Also, people will try to "fix" @the admiral's concept and proceed to miss the point of it (i.e. establishing a consistent color distribution and cleaning up the logo's details). I liked admiral's solution to the Twins' identity issue (i.e. consistent script fonts and tails and a navy/white/red colorway with no red text or alternates) and his TC logo, so I sought to perfect it. My first attempt did not go over well. My logo had the same inconsistent weights I maligned the old TC for using, and the top bar of the "T" (taken from the janky throwback script) looked dreadful. For my second take, I used the 1987/2010-present wordmark's "T" and made all of the line weights consistent.I used a wider slab-serif "C," for better balance with the "T." The outlines are now layered, to make the interlocking clear. It keeps the dimensions of the current logo, while also eliminating the strikes against it. Said strikes are the red "C" blurring into navy backgrounds and distracting from the navy "T," inconsistent line weights, and the presence of the Reds' "Wishbone C" logo - which should be the Reds' and Bears' logo alone. Here is a comparison between my latest update and the previous iterations of the insignia. One thing I did keep from my recent concept was the redesign of the "Twins" script to match the cursive lettering on the beautiful road uniforms better. However, I tweaked it further to include the T's top bar from the 1987/2010-present wordmark. It helps to tie the set together, while also making for more fluid lines. With these changes, the "Target Field-ization" of the Twins' identity (read: modernization of the 1961-71 uniforms and incorporation of small elements of the Metrodome-era look - like the top bar of the "T" and presence of navy alternates) is complete. Here is a comparison of the scripts. I've also lightened the red, so it shows up more in contrast with the navy. The logos return from my previous concept (the Minnesota primary and the cursive "M"). I used Rockwell Bold for the wordmark, to link it to the TC. The state logo brings back yellow, and the cursive "M" has a new colorway. The uniforms have not changed much. I restored the pinstripes at home, added a tail to the "Minnesota" script (I hate the underlines), and and placed the Minnesota primary on both jerseys. The home uniform ditches its sock stripes, as they do not pair well with pinstripes (the White Sox are the lone exception). I tweaked the thickness of the sock stripes on the roadie, which draw inspiration from the Vikings' classic sleeve stripes. The number font is the same "Varsity Classic A" as the Royals concept because I like it more than the "Block with Serifs" font that the Twins use. The alternates feature a few surprises. The navy alternate now uses the "M" logo as a sleeve patch (as a city/state signifier - the primary didn't look right on the uniform), and has pinstripe-less pants at home. The road faux-back addresses my issue with the Twins franchise, which is their disinterest in acknowledging their history as the Washington Senators MK. I/AL Nationals. This franchise won the 1924 World Series, netted the 1933 American League Pennant, and featured Walter Johnson - arguably the best pitcher to play the game (even by modern standards). They deserve a little tribute from the Twins. So, I made a tribute to the rise shadow/"Damn Yankees" uniforms of 1956-58 (my favorite Senators/Nationals uniforms). I also gave the uniform pinstripes and an "M" cap, as a tribute to the Twins' 1987-2009 road pinstripes (a "guilty pleasure" uniform of mine). I also prepared the uniform on an action template, for a better illustration. I get that changing the TC is not a popular decision, but I stand by it. Just because it has been around for five decades does not mean that it is a perfect logo. The new TC forms an important part of the Target Field-ization, alongside the cleaned-up scripts, consistent color balance, and subtle tributes to the Metrodome/1987 and 1991 and the franchise's history in DC. C+C is greatly appreciated, as always! For the alternate take, a new color scheme and a historical spin on the Twins' name!
  9. The Falcons got it right from 1966-70 (black bird, white bird, and stripes), and all of their uniforms since then have been downgrades. The current set is their best since the '67-'70 uniforms, if only because the helmet contrasts the jersey color.
  10. I think you've done well with the Expos! The thicker striping, bolder numbers, and better-defined uniform combinations are really good. My only criticism would be that the "expos" wordmark on the home uniform get replaced by the "Meb" on it's own. I like how it looks on the red alternate, and the logo's brand equity makes it an effective substitute for the name. Good work, and I'm looking forward to the expansion team.
  11. It's nice to see this series back in action! While I like the return of powder blue and the return of the "Montreal" script, I have some problems with it. The red tops on the socks are unnecessary, as are the racing stripes (asymmetrical cuff stripes would be better) and the "dated" font. I agree with @coco1997's points about preferring a block font and toning down the red alternate (perhaps with more blue details). Still, these are minor flaws. These tweaks might punch it up a bit.
  12. Thanks. I thought about going for a cream throwback, but then I realized that there wasn't enough contrast between the yellow and the off-white. Take a look at the Mariners' fauxback to see why it looks terrible. While the yellow and cream don't touch, they're still too close in terms of value/contrast to work with each other. Thank you! I think I'll add the yellow "KC" in the update. Now, onto the current colors! KANSAS CITY ROYALS, PT. II - A golden addition to Royal Blue My main goal with this concept was to differentiate the Royals from the Dodgers, while still having Royal Blue as the main color. I used the shade of Royal Blue from 1969-2001, alongside a metallic (for embroidery) and flat (for print) shades of gold. I based my color balance around the current iteration of the gold-centric alternates. There is no powder blue in the color scheme, as I felt that powder and metallic gold didn't mesh at all. The home and road uniforms carry over a lot of the tweaks from the purple/yellow set (i.e. striping that highlights the accent color, adjusted "Kansas City" script, etc.). The road uniform has a special touch, as the grey has a powder blue tint. It's an idea that @the admiral originally advocated: ...and one that I suggested for @MJD7's series (which he pulled off really well): I thought it was subtle way to pay tribute to the powder blue days. The alternates are decidedly different from my main concept. The front number/NOB on the blue jersey are now white, as making all of the lettering gold looked too gaudy. The Negro League tribute set is a gestalt of the 1942 and 1945 uniforms, complete with the heart patch from the 1942 set (recreated with a modified heart from Wikimedia Commons). The Royals don't have to be Dodger clones. Rather, they can use metallic gold to their advantage to separate themselves. C+C is greatly appreciated, as always! Up next, the Minnesota Twins!
  13. Yeah, the current road script isn't "chunky" enough for the white text to work on a gray background. I'm glad I got cold feet on that one. While I do agree with that to a point, I've always liked the Cubs' sleeve patches on their home uniforms. It doesn't feel "imbalanced" to me, because of the round logo. With the White Sox's diagonal logo, I can see the "imbalance." Now, it's time to crown the Royals! KANSAS CITY ROYALS, PT. I - Purple is the noblest shroud If you asked me to go back in time and change one team's color scheme, it'd be the Royals. I know that the whole point of using Royal Blue was to look as much like the Dodgers as possible, but it just leaves the Royals without much of a distinct identity.* They barely use the metallic gold color, and I hold the unpopular opinion that the team looked like garbage in powder blue. But what would I have the Royals wear? *I believe one of their owners wanted the team to be "the Dodgers of the Midwest" regarding success and appearance - which may be apocryphal. The answer is simple, Royal Purple and Athletic Gold. Not only is it a unique color scheme in the Majors, but it's also just as connected to "royalty" as royal blue and metallic gold are. Purple has been a color of royalty since Antiquity (in Europe, Asia, and Polynesia), while gold has connotations of wealth. Purple and yellow's complementary nature (opposites on the color wheel) means that the two shades work well together. It was easy to adapt the Royals' identity to this new color scheme. However, with this round, I wanted to improve on my previous editions. I opted for a lighter purple, while also making the gold shade more consistent. It brought a bit of "life" into the concept. The logos are pretty much the same as my previous set, just with the "KCR" patch losing its circle and the addition of a retro logo. I decided not to reinstate the outline on the "KC," as the color scheme made the yellow stand out well from the background. The home and road set feature the fuller striping of the late-80's/early-90's versions of their uniforms. The "Kansas City" wordmark now resembles the "Royals" script more, due to distortion. Here's a comparison. The number font is a "block with serif" fonts I've used on a bunch of concepts, as it nicely balances MLB Block Standard and Wilson's Varsity (Eriq Jaffe labeled it "Varsity Classic A"). Rawlings Block (the font used by the Orioles and formerly by the Cardinals, Angels, and Royals) is the NOB font. The "KCR" is on all uniforms, as a way to get the full name on the patch. I added sock stripes to fit with the colorway of the rest of the stripes (gold outlined in purple). The alternates are pretty tame. The first one is a purple top for both home and road use (and an excuse to go outline-free), and the second one is a tribute to my favorite uniforms of the Negro League Kansas City Monarchs (worn in 1948). It would not replace their regular Negro League throwbacks, but rather be a supplement to them. I recreated the cap logo using the Chicago Cubs' "C" worn from 1940-56 and a Copperplate "K" (with some sizing modifications). There's no yellow alternate, as that brings them too close to the "traitorous" Athletics, and I want the A's to be the only team with yellow jerseys in the AL. Purple and yellow is a fantastic color scheme, and it's one that the Royals should have been wearing since 1969. While I don't want the Royals to change their colors to this, I still think it's a worthwhile exercise to show the adaptation of their identity into an equally-appropriate colorway. C+C is greatly appreciated, as always! For my alternate take, I'll tackle the Royals with their current color scheme.
  14. It's like the NFC and AFC in the NFL. They are more or less conferences, with a slightly different set of rules between the leagues. AL and NL are still needed, but in a different light. Here's the article, for those curious Giants fans. I'm not complaining. The Giants cashed in big on their title window, and now that the window is (probably) over, I'm OK without a title for a while. Just have a winning record against the Dodgers, and I'll be happy.
  15. Thanks! I had a feeling you'd like it. I didn't want any off-white uniforms, as that kind of defeats the purpose of the name "White Sox" (translation: white wherever possible). I can see what you're getting at with the script looking "incomplete," but I didn't see a problem with it. I suppose I could make the trail off of the "x" longer." I do like having the similar-style alternates, for maximum "team name at home, city name on road." If I had to change them up somehow, I'd consider adding an alternate cap for the home version (think white crown with a black bill). Thanks, Admiral! I knew that using royal blue (translate: Cubbie Blue) would be a risk, but the uniform's dissimilarity to the Cubs' road uniforms made it work in this case. As for the points on color imposition, I get that the White Sox's connection to that color scheme was more coincidence than "civic colors" and that Bulls/Blackhawks fans wouldn't want a team they dislike associating with them. Still, I've always liked black/red as a colorway, and the White Sox are probably the best team to don that scheme in baseball (not the Reds or Diamondbacks). I can see why the sock patch shouldn't be on the home uniform (the team name is already spelled out by the "Sox" logo, and the patch creates a little imbalance). I'll remove it in the update. Thanks. I had to brighten up the red so the whole thing didn't look like a muddy mess. I had no idea that White Sox fans had any opposition to the full team name appearing on any uniform. I've always liked it, but that's just me (a non-fan that doesn't "get" why fans frown on some things). A red alt is out of the question, mostly because of how it brings them an extra step too close to the Red Sox. I wanted the White Sox to have a dash of red, but limit it to that. That's why none of the uniforms have red numbers, as it crosses a bit of a line. Anyway, alternate take time! CHICAGO WHITE SOX, PT. II - Greyscale goodness This guy doesn't need much explanation. I carried over my modified wordmark to the current color scheme. The home and road uniforms don't change much, except for the addition of the socks from the first concept and the restoration of the patch and pants stripes to the road uniform. I added a "Chicago" road alternate, to go along with the one they've had since the early-1990's. I gave the home set non-pinstriped pants, as pinstripes and colored tops is a bad combo. The retro uniforms are both home uniforms and would appear in an alternating pattern on Sunday home games. The first is a proper recreation of the 1959 home uniforms, and the second is the 1917 set from the previous concept. Both of these looks are popular, reflect successful teams, and aren't too garish. I had a mildly more radical idea in mind for the home and road uniforms, but I got cold feet on it. I wanted to incorporate the 1969-70 white text look onto the current road jersey, and while I liked it, I didn't think it worked with the colorway of the set (also note the 1942 script, which I canned). Click them for a zoomed-in size. The White Sox spent 90 years searching for the perfect uniform set, and by Jove they got it. With these minor tweaks, they can keep all of the good parts of their current identity while living up to their nickname (white socks) and having a better retro uniform set. C+C is greatly appreciated! Up next, the Kansas City Royals!
  16. Ahem, the only good powder blue road uniform was the Blue Jays. This is probably because the team took the extra effort to incorporate powder blue into their main color scheme while having royal blue on the scripts. The Phillies are a runner-up, if only because claret/powder is a beautiful color combination that needs more presence in North American sports. While maroon/grey/white is a good combo, maroon/powder blue (with powder as an accent) is also fantastic.
  17. Well, I mocked it up, and I can't say that I'm the biggest fan of it. I like to think that the black/teal/copper is a bit more to my taste. Still, it's a good color scheme. I mocked up the "Snakes" in my Arizona Turquoise/Sedona Red/Sand color scheme, but I rejected it after I had thought it wasn't "different" enough from my original. I'll post that mock-up in the updates. I figured that not everybody would like the name. The script is a bit of a hatchet job with the NOB font of the period, and I think I could have tweaked it a tiny bit more. I do wonder what you mean by "feeling of American League, not National, baseball." Anyway, onto the next team! CHICAGO WHITE SOX, PT. I - Going for that Go-Go style It's no secret that I like the Chicago White Sox in black/red (of the famed "Go-Go Sox" of the 1950's-'60's), while also liking their current uniform set. I love the current color scheme and the current uniforms (pre-road uniform atrophy), but I wanted to find a way to incorporate red into them while correcting the road uniform's decay and correcting a few flaws that I see in their set. These issues include: -socks that aren't white/predominantly white -the lack of a "White Sox" script in the identity -a sorely lacking retro set Well, let's get to fixing that! I used a brighter red, to contrast with the white and the black. The wordmark from my first concept appears again, and I changed the outlining of the secondary logo. On the uniforms, the white socks return in a form that people like @Silent Wind of Doom recommended on the forums, and has a precedence in the team's history (1946-49). They have white socks in much the same way that the Red Sox have red socks in my series - it's the predominant sock color. Full white socks looked terrible. I made an effort to include more white in the uniforms, along with the red outlines on the cap/jersey logos, numbers, and NOB's. Because of this, I broke one of my main rules by placing double outlines on the road uniform. I tried to make it as inoffensive as possible, using a condensed NOB font (from the Cardinals). The secondary logo now appears on all of the uniforms. The full striping returns to the road uniform, with adjustments to the new color scheme. On the black alternate uniforms, I put a cap on the amount of times it shows up per week. These black tops were also an opportunity for me to introduce the "White Sox" script from the 1987-90 uniforms, albeit in a modified form. Here's a comparison. I also made a matching "Chicago" road uniform. [Rant] I don't care for the current retro set. I dislike the 1983-86 uniforms a bunch. It's a mix of Adidas-led overexposure, a lack of white socks, a less-than-impressive logo, connection to failure (outside of 1983), and an overall dull design (as far as "garish" looks go). I would love it if the team shelved them forever and never brought them out into the light again. [/rant]. Now that I've lost some of you, I propose a different method for the White Sox to handle their "retro" uniforms. The retro home uniform is a tweaked version of their 1917 World Series uniforms, with the addition of a period-accurate logo on the cap (like the 2001 uniforms). The road uniform is a revival of the 1969-70 road uniform, one of my favorite looks in baseball history. While it has less connection to success than the '83-'86 set, it's less obnoxious and is different enough from the main set to "count" as a retro brand. This concept is a model for how the White Sox can keep all of the beautiful elements of their current identity (like the Old English lettering and cursive scripts), while adding red and fixing the brand's minor errors. C+C is greatly appreciated, as always! Up next, my take on the White Sox in their 1990-present colors!
  18. Yup. The current "Maple Wings" identity is the best that the team has looked, and even then it's only because they're not messy and don't use fonts of a "particular vintage" (i.e. Word 97-04 Brush Script). Speaking of blue, the Royals looked terrible in powder road uniforms: The lack of royal blue on the scripts really hurt it, along with the bulky stripes, lack of a cursive script "Kansas City" logo, and the absence of powder blue from the logos. The current home alternate is slightly better due to the minor tweaks of smaller stripes and incorporation of royal onto the scripts and numbers. No powder blue pants also makes the look easier on the eyes. The only teams that ever looked "good" in powder blue were the Blue Jays and Phillies, and even they looked better with gray road uniforms.
  19. On the A's point, things have started to pick up for building a stadium in Oakland under Kaval's leadership. While there are still obstacles to clear, it seems that the "struggling" stage is over, and that the team has ruled out relocation as an option.
  20. I'm sorry, but the multicolored options make the logo look way too busy. You can tell its two totally different design aesthetics clashing, and the result is a bloody mess. I'm probably in the minority about liking the newer fish, but I like it more because its simplicity jives well with the complex "M." Maybe if the new fish was arranged like the one on the left (with rear fins) and had better proportions, it might look a little better. Getting rid of/blending the lower part might also work, like the SB Nation logo for the team: A simpler design on the fish, without the "toothpaste" look, would be ideal for the logo.
  21. Thanks for the C+C, and here's the alternate take! ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS, PT. II - Snaking their way through the Valley of the Sun It may be an unpopular opinion, but I've never liked the name "Arizona Diamondbacks." I don't like the "Arizona" part because I don't like state names (Minnesota being the exception), and "Diamondbacks" is just too damn long for a sports team name (baseball diamond + Western Diamondback snake). It should have been rejected the minute Jerry Colangelo (their old owner) saw it on a jersey, but the mid-late '90's made a name like that possible. In the words of Dragon Ball Z Abridged's Vegeta: So, let's change it up. "Arizona" gets replaced with "Phoenix," as the team plays in Phoenix proper (and they should stay at Chase Field, despite their current dickery). Besides, nobody has a problem with the Phoenix Suns and the area around Phoenix often identifies with that city. "Diamondbacks" get subbed out by "Snakes," as there are a bunch of different snakes native to the area. Besides, as @the admiral noted: The color scheme is a simplified version of the '98-'06 color scheme, ditching purple and replacing the turquoise with a slightly lighter shade (one that contrasts more with the black). I figured that this color scheme was more snake-like while still being unique (I'm not the first to come up with basic idea either. Read the links and look at @davidmiller5's concept). Besides, it also has its base in Southwestern art: The "A" logo becomes a "P," with some inspiration from @Buc and @robbman21's concept work. I appropriated the 2007-present "D-snake" logo to act as the snake head for the secondary logo (based around the 2011 All-Star Game logo). I redid the throwback patch to imagine what the 1998 Phoenix Snakes would look like, while also making that logo look slightly better in "flat" applications. The uniforms are similar to my main take, albeit with black and turquoise being co-dominant and the "P" logo taking the place of the "A." Also, the shorter name means that the team can use their name on their home uniforms without it looking like crap. The alternates are color swaps of the main concept, with a few tweaks for the new name. The Arizona Turquoise-centric home alternate would be worn against other teams with black caps (i.e. Orioles, White Sox, and interleague with the Giants and Pirates). The Throwback Thursday set now features my attempt to recreate the "Snakes" script for the 1998-2006 identity. It felt good to put the "Phoenix Snakes" idea to practice, and I really liked using this color scheme for the team. C+C is greatly appreciated. Up next, the Chicago White Sox!
  22. The whole 1983-93 Giants identity is one of my least favorite in all of sports, for both aesthetic and for team-based reasons. Going for a curve-heavy font engendered some pretty bland/generic wordmarks and logos. When looking at the Giants' visual history, the font felt so "wrong" compared to the other fonts from team history. ...and that atrocious number font (that somehow survived to 1994-99): It also doesn't help that this uniform set's run coincided with several crappy seasons, the 1989 "Earthquake" World Series, and the team's near-relocation to Tampa Bay. Heck, that set even had a "Tampa Bay" wordmark at the ready in that font style: The Giants' current road alternate is a nice way to pay tribute to that period, but it's as far as the team should go. That home uniform in particular should never see the light of day again.
  23. There is no joy, there is no pain. Only numb. Giants, will you do me a favor, will you? Will you do me a kindness? Just sell at the deadline, and try to inject a modicum of life into the farm system.
  24. That sounds like a fun idea! You can look forward to that in the AL West updates. Thanks for the C+C guys, now it's time to tackle the Diamondbacks! ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS, PT. I - A Turquoise Taste of the Southwest Let's get a couple of things out of the way. Since I prefer having the Astros in the NL, I decided to send the Diamondbacks to the AL. I liked how it made the 1998 expansion parallel to the 1993 one (two NL teams for the latter, two AL teams for the former). Second, there are no carryovers from the current identity's elements of dot-matrix patterns, arched scripts, and random bits of bright teal. I like that the D-Backs tried something different, I just wished they used a microscopic bit of more restraint. I've never really liked any of the D-Backs' previous color schemes. The Sedona Red/Black/Sand (both versions) is so dull, and the purple/turquoise/black/copper is all kinds of messy. Purple/teal on their own is fine, but it's a bit too "cool" for my tastes (the Southwest style needs more warm colors than sand). However, I love the '98-'06 Arizona Turquoise and the '07-present Sedona Red. Both colors appear in Southwestern art and really fit with the geometric patterns present in the style: When @anythinglogos suggested combining the two shades with sand, I knew that had to be the route I took with the concept. It keeps with the aesthetic of Southwestern art, while also being unique in the majors. While my planned color scheme for the Marlins may be similar (Dark Teal/Hot Pink/Light Blue), the cool accents and Art Deco font will make them different enough from the warm accents and jagged font (Kruella modified) of the Diamondbacks. I kept the original uniforms' cream shade in this color mix, to pair with the dark sand as accents to the red and turquoise. It carries the Southwestern feeling of the '98-'06 look without being too fussy/looking terrible in "flat" applications. The '07-'15 font returns, as I liked its jagged nature (with a bit of a geometric edge) and mixed-case style. The "DB" logo comes back, and it helps push the Southwestern geometric pattern and conveys the team's name in a subtle way (while being less of a David Blaine ripoff). I took advantage of the unique color scheme with the uniforms, going for a turquoise/red co-dominant look. I went with a cream home uniform and a sand road set, as both colors fit with the color scheme and made them unique in the AL. There is no two-layer wordmark or "D-backs" script, as both look bad. Besides, the "A" on its own looks fantastic and calls back to the 2001 World Series uniforms. The NOB's are one-color, for legibility. The striping of the cuffs, pants, and socks reinforces the Southwestern geometric pattern in a similar fashion to the '98-'06 alternates, replicating the coloration of the primary/cap logo. I got the idea from @FinsUp1214's excellent concept (the best purple/teal design I've seen on the boards). The alternates are pretty straightforward, with the red alternate going all-in on the Sedona Red color. The Arizona Turquoise alternate can be worn on both the home and road uniforms. Because the '98-'06 identity has its fans, I decided to upgrade the Throwback Thursday promotion. The vest will now alternate with the purple jersey from the period, to maximize purple's exposure in the throwback merchandise. While this concept won't be to everyone's liking, I think it's an effective demonstration of how the Diamondbacks can have a unique look that is in keeping with regional art styles and aligns more with traditional baseball aesthetics, while also appeasing fans of the '98-'06 identity. C+C is greatly appreciated, as always! For the alternate take, the Diamondbacks have a little re-christening.
  25. Those Padres uniforms may look terrible, but the lack of the Taco Bell cap (as seen with the helmets) takes them from an F to a solid C. They still have a pointless accent color (orange) and a dated font, but at least the headwear looks better and the brown/yellow is still fun.