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I'd argue the original Players Weekend jerseys seemed to be pretty well-received and popular among the masses. But turns out going from fresh takes on (mostly) team colors to the opposite of that was a bad strategy change.

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2 hours ago, Digby said:

I'd argue the original Players Weekend jerseys seemed to be pretty well-received and popular among the masses. But turns out going from fresh takes on (mostly) team colors to the opposite of that was a bad strategy change.

 

Yeah, back when they were based off the general aesthetic of Little League jerseys, I think it was fairly well-received and popular with players and fans.

 

It was the switch to the monochromatic in order to "allow for each custom accessory design to stand out more than ever before", which ended up not really being a thing that came across at all, that soured the concept.

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On 9/2/2021 at 12:45 AM, Old School Fool said:


Are we really going to pretend that teams don't control their own fate again? The Giants are choosing to wear their City Connect uniform multiple times, nobody is telling them to do it, it's all on the team. Please remember that it's absolutely possible for teams to make stupid decisions with their uniforms on their own. Aside from the Giants and White Sox, I don't think I've seen any team use their City Connect uniform for a second game.

 

Just remember this is Major League Baseball and there will be pushback if it tries to get too stupid. It happened with Players Weekend and may very well happen again.

 

Nike paid a ton of money for this contract and the most surefire way for them to maximize their return is to incorporate as many field-worn uniform concepts as possible. That's precisely what City Connect is all about. They are fashion jerseys but also "official" unlike most of the other non-field worn junk that's sold in various places. I can almost guarantee that Nike's contract with MLB stipulates that alternates such as City Connect must be worn at a minimum number of times per season.

 

I speculate that teams had some say or input on the designs but were working in collaboration with Nike. So these uniforms were simply bestowed upon them. So they have control over the design and probably which days the uniforms are worn, but if Nike wants it to be eight weekends per year, it's going to be eight weekends per year.

 

 

Adding to your list, the Marlins have worn their City Connects for at least eight games now, I believe. I haven't been keeping up on the other teams, but I'm sure the Cubs wore theirs more than once because I saw them when the Marlins played at Wrigley. 

 

MLB cares about one thing in this situation: dollar bills. They will let Nike do almost whatever it wants, within some limits.

 

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I don't know about you guys, but when my brother saw the Dodger's CC uniforms, he said they reminded him of the Smurfs(No Billy Beane as Brainy Smurf jokes, please).

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20 hours ago, buzzcut said:

I don't know about you guys, but when my brother saw the Dodger's CC uniforms, he said they reminded him of the Smurfs(No Billy Beane as Brainy Smurf jokes, please).


Pujols hit a home run in the 9th and my dad called him Violet Beauregarde.

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