Someone mentioned something earlier that I thought was a great point about the Padres.
Last year when they announced the new Browns and the ASG home uniform, they did a big reveal at Petco with fans and announcers. It was all over the local news and newscasters were wearing the jerseys during the Sports segments, etc.
This year, they did an extremely tepid reveal over social media. There has been virtually no press over this other than negative organic press on SM criticizing the uniforms. Most revealing, the team has not even commented on the new uniforms in the press, whether on or off the record. All of this is extremely curious.
I believe this must be somehow related to the departure of Mike Dee (BTW, I am not saying this is why he was fired but I feel like there is some connection given how involved he was in all things marketing). These were submitted to MLB in May and then Dee was fired 5 months later probably as a result of the health records scandal.
I'm purely speculating, but I feel like current ownership finds itself stuck with these as they were so connected to Mike Dee. Given the overwhelming negative response and the fact that Dee is gone, I can't help but feel that these are a placeholder until a new CEO comes in and hopefully designs a sophisticated cohesive branding scheme going forward. That is my hope at least.