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Nike Officially Announced as MLB On-Field Uniform Provider

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22 minutes ago, Pengin. said:

Looks like the Turn Ahead the Clock jerseys will be a thing for the foreseeable future. 

The company who currently makes the MLB uniforms AND the Turn Ahead the Clock jerseys is losing the license to the company who did not make the Turn Ahead the Clock jerseys. Not sure I follow you, unless you are saying that the Nike designs will be outlandish like those were, which I seriously doubt.

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Maybe Nike will give the Rockies a new look, which is much needed at this point.

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I would trust teams to keep themselves looking traditional, something most NFL teams, and traditional college powers have done when it comes to Nike. However, I do expect to see some stupid alternates that get fire emojis because baseball is trying everything they can to capture the younger crowds, since it is the one sport having the biggest problem doing that.

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My sources say to expect the following 

 

 

Day Game - Home

Day Game - Road

Day Game - ALT Home

Day Game - ALT Road

Day Game - Statement Home

Day Game - Statement Road 

Day Game - Big League Home

Day Game - Big League Road 

Day Game - West Coast Game Home

Day Game - West Coast Game Road 

Day Game - East Coast Game Home

Day Game - East Coast Game Road 

 

 

Night Game - Home

Night Game - Road

Night Game - ALT Home

Night Game - ALT Road

Night Game - Statement Home

Night Game - Statement Road 

Night Game - Blackout Home

Night Game - Blackout Road 

Night Game - West Coast Game Home

Night Game - West Coast Game Road 

Night Game - East Coast Game Home

Night Game - East Coast Game Road 

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2 hours ago, MEANS said:

The company who currently makes the MLB uniforms AND the Turn Ahead the Clock jerseys is losing the license to the company who did not make the Turn Ahead the Clock jerseys. Not sure I follow you, unless you are saying that the Nike designs will be outlandish like those were, which I seriously doubt.

 

Your second interpretation is what I meant. Nike's track record of creating outlandish jersey designs makes me think that the Turn Ahead the Clock jerseys can serve as a reference for any future redesigns. 

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I don’t understand why this is so hard to grasp: Nike doesn’t have full control over the designs of the leagues they have contracts with. They have their influence, but in the end it’s a team decision and if they want to go modern, they’ll go modern, but if they don’t they can just tell Nike’s representatives no and go with a more traditional look. I think a lot of people saw the NBA and over reacted to that. They’re one of the more “urban” and “hip” leagues that chases trends. Baseball is the most traditional sport there is, they won’t suddenly drop classic home and road designations just because Nike pitches the idea to them. Again, Nike isn’t in charge, MLB and the individual teams are. They tell Nike what to do, not the other way around. 

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11 minutes ago, jn8 said:

I don’t understand why this is so hard to grasp: Nike doesn’t have full control over the designs of the leagues they have contracts with. They have their influence, but in the end it’s a team decision and if they want to go modern, they’ll go modern, but if they don’t they can just tell Nike’s representatives no and go with a more traditional look. I think a lot of people saw the NBA and over reacted to that. They’re one of the more “urban” and “hip” leagues that chases trends. Baseball is the most traditional sport there is, they won’t suddenly drop classic home and road designations just because Nike pitches the idea to them. Again, Nike isn’t in charge, MLB and the individual teams are. They tell Nike what to do, not the other way around. 

This....all of this....

 

I mean I can see a few teams (in my mind Arizona and Miami have the most potential to make a splash with Nike) going a little out of the box, but check out the Nike college teams.  Most of your traditional schools have restraint.

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I wonder how much cost to each club a rebrand actually costs. Does the club pick up the tab for research, designs, opinion polling, etc.? If this is strictly handled by the clubs and not MLB Properties or whatever branch would be in charge of a rebrand (actually in charge or asked by the team to take the lead)? If it's a club expense, I can imagine a supplier like Nike, Adidas, etc. offering to pay for the redesign would be a huge plus for the club.


Owners are there to make money. Clubs don't buy their stadiums, they don't pay players anymore, the have found 10-12-14 dollar beers still sell in enough volume that they can charge that price, and sell alt, one off and special jerseys and hats left and right, regardless of branding.

 

I mean, with all the teams chasing after a buck and not really concerned about winning or spending money without getting a big monetary return, I find it'll be rarer and rarer a club actually spends money on a redesign when some other organization looks at the tab, smiles, and says 'I've got that'.

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3 hours ago, jn8 said:

I don’t understand why this is so hard to grasp: Nike doesn’t have full control over the designs of the leagues they have contracts with. They have their influence, but in the end it’s a team decision and if they want to go modern, they’ll go modern, but if they don’t they can just tell Nike’s representatives no and go with a more traditional look. I think a lot of people saw the NBA and over reacted to that. They’re one of the more “urban” and “hip” leagues that chases trends. Baseball is the most traditional sport there is, they won’t suddenly drop classic home and road designations just because Nike pitches the idea to them. Again, Nike isn’t in charge, MLB and the individual teams are. They tell Nike what to do, not the other way around. 

 

You are partially right. Some teams are going to succumb to Nike and wear ultra-modern, instantly dated crap. The Yankees are sill going to largely look like the Yankees. But this is awful because, more than any other manufacturer, Nike creates proprietary templates which impact the design of the uniform so that any photo of a game is essentially a Nike ad. Like I said, the Yankees are going to look like the Yankees, but what if Nike's template has a triangular neck, gray "hyperCOOL" panels under the arms and behind the knees which help wick sweat 63% faster, and a seam running across the jersey back under which there are no pinstripes? If the league allows it, that's as close to no change as the Yankees will get.

 

We saw how Adidas destroyed the neck on NHL jerseys. Then Nike took over the NBA and changed the cut of the shorts, shrunk the NOB and removed all striping from the jersey backs. There's a better chance Nike does to the Yankees what it did to the Celtics than what it did to the Packers.

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The Packers opted out of Nike-produced uniforms. I wonder if baseball teams will have that option.  

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I'm more pissed about the fantatics branded fan apparel. Their stuff sucks. 

 

Can't wait for that majestic/nike/ua clearance sale.

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If they get rid of the Yankees woven zigzag stripes I'll kick Phil Knight right in the dick.

 

If they come up with any template besides the typical raglan and set-in sleeves, I'll rip Phil Knight's recently-kicked dick off and shove it down his throat, which will be easy because i'll have already knocked his teeth out.

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21 minutes ago, BringBackTheVet said:

If they get rid of the Yankees woven zigzag stripes I'll kick Phil Knight right in the dick.

 

If they come up with any template besides the typical raglan and set-in sleeves, I'll rip Phil Knight's recently-kicked dick off and shove it down his throat, which will be easy because i'll have already knocked his teeth out.

 

Well, you've got a year to do forearm exercises and strengthen your dick-ripping hand, because with baseball already going to special occasion jerseys with a manufacturer as un-influential as Majestic, they are probably going to let Nike go wild. I hope MLB does what the NFL did and allows teams to use old templates and materials, but I'm not optimistic about it.

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11 hours ago, demondg1 said:

 

Not gonna lie, I kind of want them to resucue the NHL from the brutal Adidas collars.  But Nike might just replace them with Flywire and toilet lid collars.

 

Have you seen a Nike hockey jersey? 🙂 It definitely has the potential to look great if you color it right, but can you imagine every NHL teams’ designs being translated to this build?

 

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I mean, I appreciate it because it’s a clean design, interestingly different, and pushes the jersey build radically forward, but the potential for disaster is immense, and I don’t think many of you would like the result. We’ve already seen the evidence that if you leave it up to the teams to decide how to best translate their design to a new build, the results aren’t always successful.

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I think some of y’all just like to complain and/or worry.

 

I have no doubt it’s going to be very similar to Nike’s takeover of the NFL, where most teams will remain the same, but simply switch to Nike’s newest baseball template. The swoosh being on the front will be the biggest change for most. There will surely be a couple of teams that allow Nike to push their progressive designs, but that’s to be expected. It won’t be the teams steeped in tradition like the Yankees or Red Sox, etc, but rather teams like the Diamondbacks, Rockies, Rays, Marlins, etc. Surely you’ve all seen how many one-off jerseys the MLB has already, too. Memorial Day, Mother’s and Father’s Day, Independence Day, etc. I expect that to continue, but maybe there are more themed alternates here and there for teams (similar to how the Orioles wore Maryland flag uniforms once last year). It won’t be nearly as bad as some of you make it out to be. And given Majestic’s template isn’t the greatest, especially from an on-field and merchandising standpoint (with cut off designs near the bottom of the torso), I have a hard time seeing Nike’s template being a downgrade. 

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Right now the league in my opinion have acceptable uniforms(would like to limit teams to three jerseys though) except for the Diamondbacks,Brewers(can be fixed by going to the BIG), Padres(brown please) and as for the Marlins, I can't make up my mid until I see them play. I feel like everyone will look like the Diamondbacks, hope I'm wrong. Also, please don't screw up my Mets Nike, the Wilpons have that covered.

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12 hours ago, BrandMooreArt said:

 

yea, they will continue to do the caps

 

At this point, unfortunately. 

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The swoosh on the front of jerseys will really bother me. I never came to terms with New Era placing their logo on the side of caps.

 

I wonder how this will affect the presentations and availability of throwback jerseys.

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