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United Baseball Association - 7/27 UPDATE: Brooklyn!


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I'm back with a completed concept this time. Will I add another soon? Who knows, but for now,  here's New York City's most populous borough: Brooklyn!

 

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Brooklyn, Baltimore, and Philadelphia have shared the same division since the UBA began play in 1921. Yet, as Baltimore and Philadelphia have each wracked up double-digit championship totals (12 vs 11) and winning records (.530 vs .520), the Brooklyn Admirals have long been stuck behind the two, with just three titles (1921, 1937, 2013) and an overall .474 winning percentage. The Admirals current .490 pace would be their best since 2014, coincidentally their last playoff appearance. With the addition of two wildcards to the playoff structure in 2022, fan sentiment in Brooklyn is positive nearing the trade deadline for the first time in a long while.

 

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The future is finally bright for the Admirals. Across the diamond, Brooklyn has used their recent spate of struggles to take high draft picks and to fine tune their player development system. Aaron Mann, the 6th-best 3B in the UBA, was Brooklyn’s 2022 All-Star, and is a fan favorite. Brooklyn signed Mann out of an independent league in 2017 as a 24-year-old. SP Corey Brenon, UBA’s 18th-ranked prospect heading into the season, has already made a huge impact in the team’s starting rotation. Brenon should be joined soon in the rotation by 6th-ranked UBA prospect Marco Peralta, who was drafted 2nd overall just last year, but has already found some  success at the Triple-A level this season. Meanwhile, perennially underrated SS Dereck Gonzalez is leading the team with a .321 batting average and SP Ethan Hughes, 2019 MVP and Pitcher of the Year in Chicago, has just returned after two weeks on the IL with shoulder soreness.

 

The Brooklyn Navy Yard was in operation from 1801 to 1966, with particular importance during WWII. Nowadays, the Navy Yard is on the National Register of Historic Places, and serves as a commercial and industrial area that’s used by the New York City government. The Brooklyn ballclub named itself the Admirals after the highest US naval rank in 1921. The striping in the roundel and on the jersey sleeves emulates the four stripes adorning the uniforms of the four-star admiral. The numbers come from the hull numbers on US navy ships, while the red and navy come from the US flag, while the cream adds to the old-school look of the team. In terms of usage, Brooklyn prioritizes their cream home and gray away, wearing their alternates roughly once during every three game series.

 

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Fun Fact: The Brooklyn Admirals and New York Emperors have met once in their history (as there’s no interleague play in the UBA currently). In 1937, the Battle of the Big Apple took place, with the Admirals emerging victorious with their second ever championship after seven hard-fought games. The Emperors have historically been the better team, though, especially recently as they won their 5th title last season.

 

The look of this team was always going to be based around making a more patriotic-themed team, but not over-the-top, kind of like the Nationals. I’ve used a lot of navy and other shades of blue in my teams so far, so I set out to prioritize the red in this. Atlanta, Cleveland, and Philadelphia’s retro alts in recent years helped inform the color balance of this set, while the Angels’ recent city connect showed that wonky striping patterns can work in the majors.

 

'Til later!

 

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  • Megildur changed the title to United Baseball Association - 7/27 UPDATE: Brooklyn!

Great to see you back! I'm liking most of what I see for Brooklyn, just a couple things I would tweak. First is the red text on the navy alt - I like mixing things up but this is hard to read on a big screen, I can't imagine how tough it would be at a distance. Second, and I can't believe I'm saying this, but I actually don't really like the use of cream here. For whatever reason it doesn't work for me here, which is strange, because I love using cream in sports. I love the striping pattern you're using as well as the emphasis on red. Nice work as always, can't wait to see your next work!

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I love the tie to the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  This is how a Brooklyn uniform should look.  I would agree with a previous comment that the red numbers on a blue jersey is hard to read.  I think flip the shadow and number colors and it will be perfect.  I'm hoping you will continue because this is my favorite series.  I hope this will be one that goes to the finish.  Great work!

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On 7/28/2022 at 9:48 AM, CDCLT said:

Great to see you back! I'm liking most of what I see for Brooklyn, just a couple things I would tweak. First is the red text on the navy alt - I like mixing things up but this is hard to read on a big screen, I can't imagine how tough it would be at a distance. Second, and I can't believe I'm saying this, but I actually don't really like the use of cream here. For whatever reason it doesn't work for me here, which is strange, because I love using cream in sports. I love the striping pattern you're using as well as the emphasis on red. Nice work as always, can't wait to see your next work!

 

I love cream in sports too and part of the reasoning behind using it here was to help differentiate the team from cross-town Emperors. You're right, though, I think the red is interacting weirdly with the cream, making it off in some way. The easy fix to really set the Admirals apart from the Emperors would be to add pinstripes in place of the cream, butttt with Philly already with pinstripes and probably Baltimore (spoiler), that would be three striped teams in a division of four. 

 

So, here's the new home jersey with cream replaced with white:

 

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On 7/29/2022 at 7:11 AM, teeray01 said:

 I would agree with a previous comment that the red numbers on a blue jersey is hard to read.  I think flip the shadow and number colors and it will be perfect.  

 

If the white home is preferred, I'll go ahead and update the rest of the set. That would more easily allow me to change the order of colors on the away alt, as I previously didn't like the idea of cream lettering on a jersey with gray pants.

 

On 7/28/2022 at 10:12 AM, jbird669 said:

Welcome back! Love the unis, history and colors. 

 

Thank you. I appreciate you (and y'all) commenting and liking!

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Yeah, I think the white is a better look here. Hadn't even considered how weird cream lettering would look with gray pants but you're right. I wish you could keep the cream but sadly I don't think it fits for the Admirals.

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