Carolingian Steamroller

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  1. I might be nuts but I think leaning even more into the brown could be even better. For example, using brown undershirts on the home uniform.
  2. AL WEST OAKLAND ATHLETICS I decided to depart from my earlier A's concepts, both of which emphasized the Charlie O'Finley years, by focusing on an unusual detail in A's history. For stretches of their history, the A's had "OAKLAND" across the chest on both jerseys. It's an odd little detail and with the Raiders decamping for Las Vegas by way of London or Mexico City or Mars (I can't keep it straight) and the Warriors moving across the Bay, maybe its time to reaffirm the Athletics ties to Oakland. I used the script from last year's alternate jersey because it had exactly the right amount of pop in Kelly and gold. I used gold letters on the home jersey and white on the road which is something I think the O'Finley era did prove to be the ideal look. For a piping template I was inspired by this gorgeous Cienfuegos Elephantes jersey. The soutache on the raglan seams felt like just the right amount of subtlety that could add some color which still evoking the simplicity of some of the classic Philadelphia Athletics uniforms. In the same spirit, the primary logo is now just the "A" with the "'s" and made a white, striped alternate cap. C&C as always. Enjoy!
  3. Isn't Old Ironsides also the nickname of the USS Constitution, one of the US Navy's first and most famous warships?
  4. AL WEST LOS ANGELES ANGELS Really wanted to go in a different direction for the Angels. The obvious fix to their current set would be to re-emphasis navy blue and drop some of the unnecessary shadowing on the logos but here I felt they could do something much more by re-introducing the baby blue from the Disney era. C&C as always. Enjoy!
  5. One more tweak to the Astros before moving on. I've replaced the "ASTROS" script with "HOUSTON" on the away set. I still like the cream best but I'm posting a grey version as well.
  6. I think I like the white details on the alt but I would probably stick with the cream road uniform. I think it blends with the sunrise details a bit better.
  7. AL WEST HOUSTON ASTROS The Astros have an amazing tradition. The shooting star design, the tequila sunrise, the blue/gold, right up to the present and the new orange and blue. What I've done here is try and imagine what those traditions would look like distilled into a single look. Nike has had a tendency recently in their NCAA baseball designs to favor minimalist themes with an emphasis on distinctive patterns. For the Astros, that means the tequila sunrise. However, I hold to the discovery I made with my first Astros concept: the sunrise theme works best when its separated from the blue portions entirely. With that in mind, I've gone with the original 60's script with some slight modifications to the line weight and arch smoothness. The roads are cream just like they were for in the 80's. The alternate is all navy blue to let the warm color elements stand out. C&C as always. Enjoy!
  8. AL CENTRAL MINNESOTA TWINS This is may not be the most revolutionary Twins concept but I decided on two points regarding the Twins aesthetic: 1. the home uniforms look best with navy blue lettering and 2. something was needed to add warmth to the look with the move to Target field. The cream alternates demonstrated both of these points perfectly. They looked better than any other look worn outdoors since the move out of the Metrodome. That being said, I felt it was too obvious to repeat the cream based home uniforms (and frankly its already been done to perfection elsewhere on these boards). So I opted for red pinstripes as the way to add some much needed warmth to the home look. It also blends well with a red softball top. For the road design, I opted to reinstate the pinstripes as it had been the only distinctive look for them on the road. Thanks to @MJD7 for lending me the updated "Minnesota" script based on the modernized letters. C&C as always. Enjoy!
  9. Thanks very much! Full disclosure, I tried the current "Kansas City" script initially but it just didn't look right when you flip the color from blue outlined in white to white outlined in blue, which is what I wanted to do for the roads.
  10. AL CENTRAL KANSAS CITY ROYALS The Royals have a great look but I don't think its really meeting its full potential. It often just looks like Midwest Dodgers which could be doing a lot more. I went back to some of the early designs for the Royals which had some really nice soutache piping around the collar and bold Kansas City script to go with dusky blue road uniforms. I've added the twist of using thicker than normal piping on the collar, sleeves, and pants. I've also added a heat-shaped sleeve path design which invokes the Kansas City Monarchs which adding two royal features, a crown and a sash. For Sundays, I've envisioned using the crowned KC logo in a Monarchs style template with raglan sleeves and lots of gold trim. C&C as always. Enjoy!
  11. No problem. I've also tinkered with the idea of using orange instead of red to make it a little more fauxback-y.
  12. I really like where you’ve gone thematically with the Sox. The double stripe theme is great. I love the charcoal road with white lettering. I love the plain white logos on the black/pins alt. My one quibble is that I am not a fan of pairing the 76 style numbers with the Gothic S-o-x. To my eyes it just becomes too busy. Like pairing apple pie with chocolate ice cream. I’d much prefer a block or Gothic font. Apart from that, great job!
  13. The Mets are just terrific. It’s always fun when apple “NY” design appears.
  14. AL CENTRAL DETROIT TIGERS Nothing too controversial with the Tigers. I think we can all agree Detroit has one of the great designs in baseball and there isn't too much to do besides sanding off the rough edges. First and foremost is fixing the Old English "D" scenario. As much as I understand the motive of the Tigers to want the same logo on the cap and the jersey but the cap logo is just way too airy and uniquely shaped to work on the jersey. It's the same reason why blowing it up in size on the cap doesn't quite work either. That logo took maximum benefit its small size on the cap through its negative space balancing out the compressed space. My solution to this problem is to try out something of a hybrid logo. Essentially this is just the 1917 logo with two backward flanges instead of one. I think it draws a nice balance between the lighter cap logo and heavier jersey logo. I've applied to both caps and home jersey. I've also dropped the extra white outline from the away jersey to free up the "Detroit" script. As a bonus, I've mocked up a Detroit Stars fauxback as a full time Sunday alternate. I don't see the Tigers ever going with a conventional third option so using the awesome Negro League throwbacks on Sundays would be a great way to break up the two uniform paradigm. C&C as always. Enjoy!
  15. Sounds good! Here's a version with a thickened crest: So here's I've adapted the striping into the Toronto flag "T" by merging it with a headspoon, along with putting the same detail on the hip. White socks also added. Here are versions with the sock patch on the road and black uniform. I think it looks pretty good with the road greys but I still prefer the S-o-x on the black jersey. I've tinkered around with a couple of different sleeve patches along with adding the serifs to the "I."
  16. AL CENTRAL CLEVELAND SPIDERS Alright, let's do this one more time. This is the Cleveland American League baseball team. They were bitten by a radioactive spider and as of right now they are the one and only Cleveland Spiders. Pretty sure that you know the rest. They've got a great block "C" logo, new scripts, and web-themed sleeve patch. The old fauxbacks had a great combination of soutached pants with unadorned jerseys that looked terrific with the all red color scheme. They also made great use of the cream base color. These uniforms take that stream to another level. Cream home uniforms with a single navy soutache on the pants and block lettering that matches the cap "C" and the numerals. Road uniforms also feature the block lettering but keep the red to navy switch of the current set.
  17. AL CENTRAL CHICAGO WHITE SOX The last two White Sox concepts I've done have all been based off of the same black and white scheme with only minor tweaks over the past two years. You can look at my most recent version along with another idea here. Ultimately, for this series I decided to go in a different direction, namely changing the secondary color from silver to Kelly green. The Sox have looked good in green for their St. Patrick's Day promotions over the years which makes green an interesting direction and one the team has never fully explored. The green, however, is not the biggest change. You might think that the gothic S-o-x has remained unchanged since it debuted in the 1950's. However the original version in the 50's had negative space between the two verticals of the "S." The result is that the two verticals are distinct without being muddled. The current logo, has the "S" on a single background with no negative space. That works fine for a silver backdrop but try to switch it to another color and the logo becomes muddled especially when rendered in fabric. My solution was to go back to the original style and recreate the negative space by decreasing the thickness of the lettering. For the uniforms I applied a 1-2-1 piping formula. The white uniform uses a headspoon which the road and alternate uniforms apply collar piping. The sock have white bottoms and the belts have patterns designed to stand out and break the silhouette of the uniform. C&C as always. Enjoy!
  18. AL EAST TORONTO BLUE JAYS The Blue Jays have easily one of the best looks in all of baseball. Simple, clean, and perfectly in keeping with aesthetic sense of the city. Blue and white fit Toronto like no other city, with the Leafs, Argos, and Marlies playing along with the Toronto flag itself. All I've done here is expand slightly on what the Blue Jays have done. I've scrapped any navy trim, replacing it in the color scheme with light blue. The light blue now serves as the base for the road uniform just like the original Blue Jays design. I've also returned to the white panel cap with the home uniform, another simple fix as well as adding some stripes to the socks. The most radical change is the alternate uniform. In keeping with the sleek design scheme of the original Blue Jays, I opted for racing stripes down the sides of the jersey and over the shoulders. It's a look never sported by the Blue Jays but one which I feel is perfectly in keeping with their spirit. C&C as always, Enjoy!
  19. Brew Crew look great! One minor tweak, move the barley head up towards the hip so it’s in the same position whether a player is going high or low cuffed.