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  1. Thanks! I originally wanted to put the flamingo-F on the road script, but it seemed like a little much (images in the spoiler tag). You think the Cubs blowing it to the Flamingos would be ignominious? Imagine the Giants losing the World Series to the Angels (freshly out of their Disney phase), and then losing to the Flamingos in the NLDS the next year. I'd have grown up a whimsy-hating ass. I'm thinking about implementing a "Philadelphia" script somewhere in the Phillies set, but I'm more often than not against the Phillies wearing their city name on the road. The team name implies the city name and "Philadelphia" is too many letters for a straight cursive script. Thanks! I wanted to bring in the palm tree, if only because it fits with the whole '90's/resort aesthetic. I decided not to go with pink socks because the Marlins used black socks during their teal-centric phase. It was a decision to keep with period conventions. Still, I've got a pink socks version ready to go. Thank you. I'm surprised at how well the pink pinstripes worked. I thought it'd be a disaster, but it looks surprisingly good with the right treatment (i.e., white outline on the wordmark and numbers). I'll do a quickie palette swap of the Snakes in my next round of revisions. The black keyline sounds like a good idea, and I'll incorporate it in the next update. I was hesitant at first because of the black beak on the bird, but a black keyline could make it "pop" more (and it'd be period-correct - look at the original Carolina Panthers' first logo). Now, the main feature! MONTRÉAL EXPOS, PT. I - Le retour de Nos Amours, avec modernisationes. Expos nostalgia is in right now, and what better way to join in on the fun than by sketching up my take on the club! Just a forewarning, this concept will be a bit controversial. While I would not change the name of the team (as it's Bill 101-friendly), I did want to design a new primary/cap logo. I have never been a fan of the Expos' "classic" logo. The "Meb"/"eMb"/"blob M" is a terrible logo that tries to do too much. I'll let @Gothamite sum up my sentiments (I even posted in that thread): I hold that the "eMb" should have departed in 1992 when the team redesigned (to fit in with the whole "grown-up" subtext of that look). While a reborn Expos team would almost certainly bring back the "eMb" (much to @the admiral's delight, and he does make good arguments for the "eMb"), I opted to go a different path. @Ice_Cap outlined a perfect strategy for my new take: So, I got to work on that approach. My early work was less than successful, but then I saw @TheGiantsFan's hand-drawn concept that combined a style of lettering inspired by "old Montréal" architecture with the '92-'04 scripts (my favorite look for the team). I took that direction, with an "M" that combines the sharp Gothic edges with the curves of the old road wordmark (rendered to look less like the Mets' "M"). I placed the fleur-de-lis (from my Browns concept) at the center of the insignia, blending it into the letter. It's a logo that has a bit of that loopy/curvy character of the "eMB," while representing a legible "M" and the iconography of French Canada. Also, thank you @Ice_Cap and @MJD7 for the consult. You guys were a big help. I placed the crest in a roundel for the primary logo, with the asymmetrical stripe from the uniforms and a new font (Batesina Athletica) that homages the "old Montréal" aesthetic. The tertiary is a riff on the crest and flag of Montréal. It also includes the city logo. The colors are the same shades the old Expos used, but I made sure that the color balance was royal-white-red. A team that props itself up on Quebec imagery should not have red be the primary color of scripts/numbers. While it may bring them a little too close to the Cubs, my Cubs concept will have a redder identity (red outlined in white on blue backgrounds). The uniforms are a modernized take on the '92-'04 set. The striping goes blue/white/red on the sleeves, pants, and socks. I evened the width of each stripe, to better homage to the Tricolour. The fleur-de-lis is at the center of the stripe, as a slightly modern touch. I redid the scripts to add a bit more "flair" to them and clean up the "jammed" home wordmark (comparison here). I kept the fleur-de-lis as the accent mark, which I liked on the originals. The primary logo is on the sleeves, and the number font is Varsity Classic A (my go-to block with serifs font). The road uniforms now have a powder blue-tinted road grey, as a tiny homage to the team's powder blue road uniforms. The alternates are royal blue recolors of the primaries. I added the tertiary to the sleeve of the home alt, as a little "civic homage." The second set of alternates were my excuse to modernize the pinwheel hat. I paired it with the home uniform, as well as an event set. This jersey homages the original Expos uniforms and features the tertiary logo alongside the Canadian Flag and the Drapeau du Québec on the sleeves. This arrangement fits with the Canadian flag regulations. It would show up on both Canada Day and Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (the patron saint of French Canadians). That way, no French Canadians get alienated. While I may get roasted over the coals for dumping the "eMb," I'd like to think I've made a classy alternative to that crummy logo. It's a look that balances the team's history with modern baseball aesthetics and civic iconography. They'd still have all of the character of the old Expos (whoop-whoop home run siren, bilingual announcements, songs, etc.), but paired with a more legible insignia. C+C is greatly appreciated, as always! For the alternate take, what if the team didn't pick the name "Expos" in 1968? P.S. The numbers are for Andre Dawson, Tim Raines, Tim Wallach, and Expo '67 (the namesake of the team).
  2. Congrats on finishing the series! I like how you've handled the navy and copper in the striping pattern (thanks for the shout out) and on the scripts (which do go together pretty well). The dark copper grey road uniform is really pretty. My one recommendation would be to either eliminate the white outlines on the cap logos/navy and gold tops, or to add outlines to the sock and sleeve stripes. It's just a little bit of consistency. I look forward to the final updates, and I'm curious to see how you'll tweak some teams.
  3. Thanks! I've made a better version of that same idea: I had to crank up the saturation/darkness of the light blue, so it showed up better on white and grey backgrounds (i.e. doesn't need white outlines). I'm also more inclined towards giving the Rays a more modern block font, like I did here. Block Standard is a fantastic font (and Wilson Varsity is also good for some teams), but it gets kind of boring seeing it so often.
  4. Thanks! While I think it looks good with black in the place of Midnight Green, I really want to stick with that dark teal. It may be drab, but the bright colors can still bounce off of it, and it's more vibrant than the black. Also, I tried black with the other colors, and it kind of hurt my eyes to look at it. Midnight Green makes it a bit less jarring to look at, if that makes sense. I'll show off that test in one of my updates, along with the popular light blue/dark orange/black color scheme. Thanks! I didn't even notice how much the lights fit with the new marlin. I guess that's a nice little bonus. Now, let's entertain a premise almost as bad as "Let's record solo albums for each member of the band!" FLORIDA FLAMINGOS, PT. II - We're dodging a bullet from Wayne's world. Let me introduce you to Mr. Waste Management and former owner of the Marlins and Panthers, Wayne Huizenga. When granted an expansion team from Major League Baseball in the early 1990's, this Broward County blowhard (and his White Flight-y friends - thanks for that delightful quote, @the admiral) wanted to name his team the "South Florida Flamingos." He also wanted a pink/black color scheme. While Major League Baseball shot down the "South Florida" name with little trouble, it took the persuasion skills of Anne Occi (head of MLB Properties) to convince Wayne to drop the "Flamingos" name and pink for the "Marlins" nickname and teal (history of the name + popularity of teal in the early 1990's won out). However, what if Occi was not able to persuade Wayne to drop his idea? This timeline assumes that the same creative that designed the 1993-2002 Marlins identity (before it's full White Sox + minimal teal overhaul) came up with a look for the Flamingos. The logos and fonts (a slightly modified Matrix II Bold) evoke a similar aesthetic style to the old Marlins, albeit depicting a Phoenicopterus ruber stretching his/her neck over the "F" (based on this stock photo). I wanted to add more detail to the logo, but flamingos don't lend themselves to shading in the same way that marlins do. The primary is a roundel (like the contemporary 1993 Mariners design), and the tertiary is a baseball diamond with the flamingo above it and a palm tree in it (taking a cue from the Florida Panthers). The colors also demonstrate this "compromise" thesis. Wayne's pink is co-dominant with black, while metallic gold works as a highlight color (like silver did for the old Marlins). The Marlins' old teal shade is the baseball seam/palm tree color, as both a way to get Occi's teal into the set and to mimic orange's place in the '93-'11 color scheme. It would also enable the squad to sell teal merch, alongside black stuff. The primaries are a pastiche of the '93-'02 Marlins and their contemporaries (i.e. White Sox and Rockies). Scripts on an arc are the main draw, with contrasting front numbers and NOB's (on nameplates, for period-correctness). I added a pink-billed cap on the road uniform, akin to the Rockies' purple-billed hat (even Wayne wouldn't pair a contrast-billed hat with a pinstriped set). While Occi may have had a coronary over seeing pink pinstripes, at least she'd be happy with the amount of black offsetting it. The first group of alternates is pretty similar to the "prime" universe Marlins. They include a vest with the tertiary logo on the undershirt sleeve and a black jersey that complements the road cap. The top also gives me an opportunity to use more gold in the identity. While I thought about a pink alternate, I decided that one of the concessions that Wayne made to Occi would have been to refrain from pink tops. It was the early-1990's, and pink and pastels were on their way out of the fashion circuit. MLB Properties didn't want to have abundant deadstock that would wind up on eBay in 10-15 years. The last set of alternates is the alternate timeline's equivalent of the teal-centric Marlins of 1993-96. Pink caps and undershirts for the home jerseys would be Wayne's little indulgence. They would probably survive as alternates until he sold the team (which is when the new owners probably changed up the color scheme to account for mid-2000's trends, or changed the name to Miami Marlins - this depends on whether or not they went on their 1997 World Series run). I had a lot of fun making this one. I'd never want to see this in reality, but I liked the exercise in imitating early-1990's baseball aesthetics and executing Wayne Huizenga's terrible idea (for 1993, anyway - I think the time is right for a team in the Big Four to embrace pink). C+C is greatly appreciated, as always! Up next, Les Expos! P.S. How can I let a flamingos concept go by without linking to a mini-documentary about one of my favorite movies?
  5. I fixed your post, but your point still stands. He's been a tiny bright spot, alongside good performances by Buster Posey, Ty Blach, MadBum, and several others. I've got no ill will towards the guy. I'm just worried that the front office doesn't want to rebuild in any substantial way. The negative reaction to the Matt Duffy trade (and I'll defend that trade, given that his achilles issues have cost him a whole season now) may have scarred Evans, Sabean, and the owners. It was good for a team looking to "win now," but it was dreadful from a PR perspective.
  6. Blue Jays may drop their red alternates due to misfortune while wearing them. If that's the case, good f'ing riddance.
  7. Thanks for the C+C guys, I do appreciate it. I thought about orange, but I'm much more into the deep pink. It's a bit more unique, and it looks damn good on a Miami team. I think you'll like the update I have for the logo, which now looks less like a "C." Thanks. I think you'll be happy with what I'm about to show off. The more that I've thought about it, the more I don't really like that marlin illustration. It isn't Art Deco (read: patterns and geometric detail) enough for my tastes. So, I've decided to give it a little re-jigging! This marlin is a bit of a compromise between the '93-'11 marlin and the SB Nation-esque marlin, and is in keeping with the Art Deco aesthetic. I think that it's a bit better.
  8. I like the Tigers-style belt loops, and the non-vest orange alternate! It's a good way to keep the spirit of the idea intact, without being silly. My only complaint here would be to make the green NOB white, so that it shows up better on the dark orange background. I look forward to seeing your Blue Jays.
  9. Thanks, guys! MIAMI MARLINS, PT. I - Deco-ed Out in Midnight Green and Rubine Red This one is an expansion on a concept I did for my tweaks thread almost a year ago. I'll be quoting a lot of my write-up from that one, so bear with me. Here's the intro: I've turned a bit of a corner with the Marlins' current look. I like the Art Deco-styled font and the slow embrace of bright colors (i.e. the All-Star Game materials and the light blue/orange HR Derby set), but I still think there are many problems with it. The number font is mismatched (serifs), the "toothpaste marlin" is still crummy, the black should be a dark cool color, and light blue/orange is still too fundamentally close to the Mets for my liking. There had to be another way... I knew I had the solution once I saw the beautiful color scheme of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, as well as the work dsaline97's did on the Florida Blue Herons, and my own Miami Heat concept. Cool colors and pink (Rubine Red) would give the Marlins a color scheme that not only mimics the art deco architecture and signage in Miami but is also unique in the Big Four. However, navy and black are all too frequent in the majors. I instead used a teal-esque color, to have to allude to the club's history. I opted for the "Midnight Green" color used by the Philadelphia Eagles. I don't like that dark teal color for the Eagles, but it worked perfectly for what I wanted to do with the Marlins! A lighter blue accompanies the dark teal and pink, to hammer home the "neon signage" look. As for the font, I like what the Marlins tried to do with an Art Deco-esque font, but I wanted something that had a bit more of an Art Deco flair/had consistent weights and none of the weird shadowing stuff. The font's name is Belgrad, and I've slightly modified it (namely removing the line through the zero). In the place of shadows are double outlines, which produces a bit of a cleaner look. Belgrad is also the new number font, so the wordmark and number fonts remain consistent. The most notable change from the previous version is the removal of the "toothpaste marlin" from the design. It takes away from the Art Deco symmetry of the "M." I instead drew up a streamlined Marlin, which features simple accent marks and fits with the Art Deco style. I drew inspiration from the SB Nation logo for the Marlins (Fish Stripes), but I tried to remove some of the "SB Nation-ness" of the design. I placed it in an Art Deco-style frame (as seen in this image), which blends both sharp edges and curves. The side panels have the sock stripe pattern, to invoke neon signage on the frame. On the home and road uniforms, I've tried to display the team's unique color scheme while sticking within traditions of color distribution in baseball. The home uniform bears the updated "Marlins" wordmark (I can't stand city names on standard home uniforms), and a pink-billed cap. I've kept the large "M" in both the "Marlins" and "Miami" wordmarks, to emphasize the "M" as a team emblem. The sleeve and pants stripes mimic the wordmark's color distribution, while the sock stripes mimic the lights in the primary logo (which is on the sleeve). It's a nice little bit of unique color distribution. The road uniform uses the updated "Miami" wordmark and an all-dark teal cap, with a pink-centric cap logo (so there's still plenty of pink on the cap). NOB's are one-color block, for legibility's sake. The alternates follow in much the same convention as the Marlins' current alternates, with pink replacing orange and dark teal replacing black. The pink jersey is simply a color-flipped version of the home uniform, while the dark teal alt is a recolored version of the road set, as it wouldn't hurt to have the "Miami" script at home once in a while, especially when the color scheme/identity is so Miami. The Marlins logo is on the sleeve, as the primary didn't stand out enough on a teal background. I also established a cap on how often the team would break these jerseys out, as the franchise has a history of overusing alternates. The next set of alternates are both unique looks. The first is a pink cap/undershirt/belt/socks version of the home uniform. I did try to pair this pink cap up with the pink jersey, but it was a bit too much pink for my tastes. The other alternate is a fauxback to the 1950's minor league Miami Marlins, one that uses the current color scheme to provide a new take on a classic look. It uses an updated version of the script and patch from 1956 home uniform (updates to the patch provided by @ZionEagle, who did an excellent job with her update), and the cap logo/color distribution of the accompanying road uniform. I added sock stripes to the design after my research showed the team wearing such a design. With this alternate, the Marlins can push the dark teal/pink/light blue brand while honoring baseball's history in Miami. I was content with my previous Marlins concept, but I felt like it needed this final push to nail it. It's a look that combines a unique color scheme with the architectural history of the city. C+C is greatly appreciated! For the alternate take, what if Wayne Huizenga got his wish in 1991?
  10. It'll matter when it comes to the Nationals' seeding in the playoffs.
  11. While I like what you've done here (and thanks for the shoutout), I think you could refine it a tiny bit more. I suggest using green undershirts with the orange alternate for more contrast, and a green cap somewhere wouldn't be a bad idea. I agree with Coco that the sash should be either on the caps of belt tunnels/loops, not both. My preference would be to keep that hat sash, if only because of the 1969 Pilots' precedence. If you want to get the idea of "Ranger Pants" across, might I suggest a logo at the top of the pants (like the Cubs do on their road uniforms)? You've got a lot of good stuff here, and it's only a few tweaks away from being one of my favorite Rangers concepts I've seen here. Good work!
  12. The Jeter group might remove the home run sculpture from Marlins Park. Unlike the removal of Tal's Hill, this is a renovation I can't get behind. The sculpture was a gaudy mess, but it was kind of endearing.
  13. Let's also remember that the Mets nearly went with black and pink as their color scheme (now with a mockup of the uniform):
  14. I was talking about the numbers, not the NOB's. The big letters are super tacky, but the bold numbers (like what the Royals now use) are not. They're the best way to do one-color numbers with block standard.
  15. I like what you've done with the Rays! The dark green wordmark really improved the powder blue uniform, and I enjoy what you've done with the color balance of dark green/light blue/lime green. The font engineering in particular is stunning, as it's always tough to create new letters for a limited letter set. Good work!
  16. Thanks, guys! I'm planning on using a slab-serif wordmark similar to yours for the update, Admiral. I also plan to use the custom block font on the home and road, as I find myself liking the way it looks with the slab-serif marks (block standard doesn't mix all that well with slab-serif fonts, and neither did the Reds' old custom block font). Anyway, alternate take time! CINCINNATI REDS, PT. II - A fancy, black-outlined wrinkle in time As I mentioned in my Yankees concept, the 1930's were a time of codification for many classic looks. A bunch of teams debuted looks that would be the precedent for their uniforms for the next eighty years (with few exceptions). In our timeline, the Reds codified the Wishbone C while also experimenting with a variety of looks. Both royal and navy were accent colors, pinstripes came and went, and the team briefly brought in a mini-script. This period also saw the final departure of the Fancy Block (is that its name?) C that had appeared on the caps from 1909-31. While we may think of the Wishbone C as an iconic logo, it might not have had the same "brand equity" in the 1930's (especially since the Reds hadn't won a pennant since 1919). What if there was an alternate timeline, where the team eschewed the Wishbone C in favor of the Fancy Block C? What if the Reds kept with the trend towards cursive script wordmarks (the Tigers' road uniforms, this Phillies script, the Cubs' brief flirtation in the early-1930's, and the Dodgers' introduction of the classic wordmark in 1938)? Also, what if the team introduced black into their color scheme (echoing the Giants in the 1930's)? How could they have overhauled their identity in a way that'd inspire praise today (akin to the uniforms of the Cardinals, Dodgers, and Giants)? Well, let's find out! The most notable change is that Mr. Red now bears the Fancy Block C on his chest. The new C is a secondary logo as well, and Mr. Red's head joins with the script wordmark for the tertiary logo. I brightened the shade of red to better contrast with the black accents. The uniforms are classically-styled, and also treat black as an accent color (like how the Cardinals and Red Sox handle navy). I modified Fenway Park JF to create cleaner updates of the Reds' 1936-37/2007-present script and the 1960's warmup jacket wordmark. The "R" and "C" bear traits of the Fancy Block C. I also added a simple sock stripe pattern, which would have been a 1940's creation that stuck around with minimal modifications (like the Cardinals' striped socks). The alternates are visions of how the alternate timeline shaped their uniform history. The "Redlegs" look of the late-1950's now bears the new cap logo and black outlines, while the 1940's throwbacks (which used plain block) now retain the Fancy Block wordmark from the 1930's on a faux-flannel pattern. Black also takes the place of navy as the outline/cap color. Through the twisting of timelines, the Reds can look classy even without the Wishbone C and with black in their color scheme. The concept also goes to show how versatile black/red is as a color scheme. C+C is greatly appreciated! Up next, the Miami Marlins!
  17. Frank Robinson wearing the head of Mr. Red, and the pre-1956 uniforms (in 1956 Spring Training, I presume):
  18. Thank you! I got some of my inspiration from your Braves rebrand thread and an interesting Uni-Watch post, namely the "Braves should change their name to the Atlanta Bravest" one. I'd like to think my set is a more palatable alternative to bringing fecking singular names into baseball (you'd think Paul would be against that, but apparently not). That concept was one of my favorite early ones. There's some cringeworthy stuff in that thread, but the black/red Braves were a bright spot. Thanks. I like black/red too, and I find it funny that it's so overused in the NHL and underused in baseball. Thanks. I don't mind an alternate take and a primary concept for a different team overlapping. Besides, that "a" had a halo on it and a solid crown. Now, onto the Reds! CINCINNATI REDS, PT. I - A proper restomod. I don't like the Reds' with black in their color scheme, nor do I like their Brandiose font (which is unbecoming of one of the oldest teams in the league). When I first de-blacked the Reds, I made the mistake of including the Brandiose road wordmark and some inappropriate striping. When redoing the concept for this series, I decided to bring the set more in line with the beloved 1968-71 uniforms (which was a buttonfront/belted pants version of the "Big Red Machine" look) and reinforce the red/white color scheme. However, I opted to keep a few "modern" adjustments. The thicker logo font remains, while the backing shield becomes symmetrical again. Here's a comparison. Mr. Red is now all-red (as he's too good not to use), with some stirrups. The uniforms are where the "restomod" (restore and modernize) approach becomes evident. They combine elements of the 1968-71 uniforms, with a few influences from the current set. The placket piping is off of the home uniform, as it cluttered the front up (I removed the sock stripes for similar reasons). The white jersey and pants gain red/white/red trim to match the road uniform. The Detroit Tigers-style belt loops return, to add more color to the set. The all-red Mr. Red remains on the sleeve, as I like having him around. The cleats are black, for an extra bit of vintage charm. While it is not apparent from the 2D template, the home uniform's crest would be chain-stitched. The modernizations also include some font tweaks. I opted to use Block Standard Bold on the home uniforms' numbers and NOB's (like the 1968-84 uniforms). The road uniform features white-outlined Block Standard, with slightly bold NOB letters. These tweaks eliminate the overly-large NOB's and correct the outlining inconsistency of the gray set. I overhauled the "Cincinnati" block script to look less janky and have a better arching pattern. Here is a comparison with other iterations of the wordmark. The throwbacks here are more or less fauxbacks, given the aesthetic liberties I've taken. The vest is an amalgam of the 1961-66 home uniforms, the 1939-55 jersey logo, and the 1934-36/61-66 cap logos. I figured it'd be a good idea to have a tiny homage to the Reds' history in pinstripes and with navy as a primary/accent color (black was only an armband color, a memorial first and an odd stylistic choice second). The font is my attempt to merge my modified UNC block font with the MacGregor varsity numerals (rendered by Matt Malinoski) of the 1950's-60's Reds, for that extra vintage charm (without the ugly MacGregor "2"). The second alternate is a fun one. It's got a two-stripe pillbox cap, a full collar, and the Old English C like the 1890-1899 Reds (and the 1869 Red Stockings, the first professional baseball team). It's a chance for the team to dress like Mr. Red, while also honoring Cincinnati's contributions to the sport's history. It uses a one-color version of the custom font. The Reds had a near-perfect look from 1968-71. All it takes is a little refinement and a few modern touches to nail it. C+C is greatly appreciated, as always! For my alternate take, what if the Reds never used a wishbone C?
  19. Thanks for the C+C guys! I'm surprised the heritage alternate went over as well as it did. Luckily, for those who liked it, there's more of it coming up. ATLANTA FIREBIRDS, PT. II - Resugens in Red and Black This concept combines several board discussions into a cohesive identity. A couple of board members have stated an inclination to see the Braves in red and black, to eliminate another navy/red team and to align the Braves with the Falcons and Hawks in a "civic" color scheme. I thought it was worth an experiment, even if I didn't agree with the sentiment. I simply swapped the navy out for black while keeping red and yellow-gold (which both the Falcons and Hawks should use as accent colors). Since the alternate takes will almost always feature name changes for relocated teams, I wanted to give the Braves a name that fit with Atlanta. I decided upon Firebirds for several reasons. There was synergy with the other Atlanta team names (which is a must for a "civic" color scheme). It also fit with the whole "rising from the ashes" narrative that Atlanta's city boosters/investors pushed following the city's destruction in Sherman's March to the Sea (to the point of having a Phoenix on the city seal). On this subject, Reiko Hillyer wrote, "Northern visitors also parroted the image of Atlanta as phoenix, remarking, 'Like Chicago, Atlanta rose from its ashes at the close of war, and entered into an uninterrupted era of peaceful prosperity.'"1 Since Phoenixes was a little over-the-top for my tastes, I went for Firebirds. Sure, big daddy GM might have issues with it, but I don't care. My first version of the concept was little more than a palette swap. In response to the praise the heritage alternates got for my main take, I redid my concept to fit around them. Drop shadows now accompany all of the elements, alongside the "A" monogram and the Braves-style scripts (which have a sharp look to them, perfect for the new name). The Black Crackers' "A" now has a drop shadow in all instances, akin to the logo of the Atlanta Crackers. It's a good way to incorporate Atlanta's pre-1966 baseball history. The Firebird (based on heraldic depictions of the creatures) has flame detailing on his tail feathers. It's much less garish than the full flames and easier to render in small applications. The flame tongue comes from the Snot Horse of the Calgary Flames. I put the "A" at the top of the diamond, to get some "Atlanta" on the logo. The uniforms feature the drop shadow motif on the scripts and numbers. I went with one-color NOB's, for legibility reasons. The Northwestern-style stripe remains on the socks, given the Falcons' history with said striping pattern. I thought about adding placket stripes, but they made the whole set look too cluttered. The alternates are palette-swapped versions of the old heritage alternate. The road version has a dedicated cap. The old heritage alternate now uses the road alternate's cap and the primary logo as a sleeve patch. The other fauxback is a black/red version of the "715" uniforms, complete with the flame replacing the feather (a very "Winga Dinga" touch) and white cleats (a bit of 1970's flair). It's a fun way to make the Braves fit within the "civic" color/naming scheme of Atlanta, as well as the history of the city. It's almost as Atlanta as Lemon Pepper Wings and Coca-Cola! C+C is greatly appreciated, as always! Up next, the Cincinnati Reds (emphasis on the red part). 1Reiko Hillyer, Designing Dixie: Tourism, Memory, and Urban Space in the New South, American South Series (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015), 142.
  20. Yup! Heck, any dark color with pink will do:
  21. Can I just have my Krusty doll? I like having the Pirates in vests, as they're really the only team that ever looked good in them (the classic cut kind, not the ones that were just set-in sleeve jerseys without sleeves). I also wanted my divisions to be a bit more geographic, which is why the Braves and Reds are in the East and the Cubs and Cardinals are in the West (with their old NL Central buddies - the Brewers and the Astros). I don't Reds-Dodgers or Mets-Cubs to be compelling enough rivalries to go against a geographic divisional alignment. Thanks! I thought that a white cap for the White Sox might be a fun idea, if only so I could put my own spin on it (since pretty much every MLB series here has at least one white-crowned cap for them). I'm surprised that the two-color version of the Rangers' Heritage script was well-received, considering the contrast between brick red and slate blue. Thank you for these suggestions! I'm having a bit of a tough time figuring out what to do with the Marlins. The rainbow idea (suggest by @the admiral and @Lights Out) has been done and done better than I could do it (I really like it, BTW) and the "1993-2011 but with Miami instead of Florida" has been done to death here. Whatever I do, I think it'll be a nice surprise. With the Boston Braves, it'd just be me swapping out the "Atlanta" script for a "Boston" one. It really wouldn't be "different" enough to work. I've never liked the name "Senators (as it fits the Ottawa NHL team so much more)," so I doubt we'll be seeing any alternate take using that name. Also, the "Miami Gators" thing is too gimmicky for my tastes (like the Pacers' "Hickory" alternates). Anyway, onto the Braves! ATLANTA BRAVES, PT. I - You won't notice it, but your brain will. When going into this series, I was unsure about what to do with the team. I was already happy with my previous concept, in which I removed the road cap, overhauled the navy alternate, and did a "neo-retro" take on the "715" uniforms (like their old BP cap). That was on top of adding a few Boston/Milwaukee Braves touches (the Northwestern-style striped socks, the "Midnight Navy" shade, and the contrast-colored tomahawk). I decided to do some miniscule tweaking, to refine it. The most notable adjustment is that I redid the kerning of the "Atlanta" script, to better match the "Braves" wordmark. Here is a comparison. I adjusted the striping on the uniforms to be a little thinner, so it's not as bloated as the current uniforms. The arched NOB, Northwestern-striped socks, and contrast-colored tomahawk (in navy, not black) all return. There's no road cap, as it's really unnecessary. The alternates are simple enough. The navy alternate now has a contrast-colored tomahawk, based on this Milwaukee Braves jacket. Instead of the cream alternate being a 1966 throwback, it is instead my attempt to honor the history of the Braves franchise and Atlanta baseball. The cap logo and the drop shadows come from the Atlanta Black Crackers, while the crest-style uniform descends from the Braves' time in Boston. All in all, little changes go a long way to make the Braves look better. C+C is greatly appreciated, as always! For the alternate take, something with a decidedly more "Atlanta" leaning.
  22. Well, give them thinner stripes and go back to the much superior block font, Block Standard Bold (what the Royals use on their home uniforms). That custom Reds block font (mid-1980's to 1998) looked really cheap and tacky.
  23. I've got a funny idea for that green alt. Why don't you have the letter and back number in white, and a yellow front number? It ties in really well with the jersey and pants striping.
  24. Thanks for the C+C guys, I appreciate it. Thank you. That Black Jays set was a total case of "I never want to see it in real life, but it's worth a shot to explore the possibility and make the best out of a bad idea." I think you'll enjoy my take on the Brewers. Thanks, and you're welcome. "Argentine Asswipe" would make both an interesting band name and empanada bar name. It was hard trying to find a way to depict the bird in a way that conveyed motion and didn't look goofy. I made versions of the logo that were just the bird's head/neck in a roundel and in a baseball diamond. It reminded me too much of crummy "craft beer" to use it. I think you'll like what I'll do with the Astros, which thankfully won't be revisiting that color scheme (it never worked for them). Thank you! I've got a tan script edition as an experiment. Because it's inconsistent with the cap, I paired it with a white-crowned cap (because I love those). I thought about the "Railmen" as an alternate take, but I didn't like the name all that much. I think you'll still like what I'll do with them. Anywho, here are the updates and a few experiments! Anaheim in Navy/Red - I tried out @MJD7's contrasting sleeve idea. Chicago - I removed the sleeve patch on the home uniform and tried out a white-crowned cap on the home alt. Kansas City - The front numbers and NOB's contrast on the purple alternate. Minnesota - I adjusted the navy alternates for the new patch. Twin Cities Twins - I flipped the "Twin Cities Twins" color balance. Oakland Oaks - I tried out the Oakland flag's tree in the logo. I also added two fauxbacks, one to the 1968 A's and one to the 1929/30 squads. Rangers - I simplified the retro alternate, and presented a "Sedona Red" version of the logo sheet. Chaparrals - The aforementioned white-crowned cap appears here. ...and now, the NL East preview! Up next, the Atlanta Braves!