A Needlessly Deep Dive Into the Phillies’ New Spring Training Uniforms (UPDATE: And Alternate Jerseys)

UPDATE: The jerseys will now be their new alternates as well.

It’s been three years! Time to update the batting practice jerseys and hats! Really, it is! Time flies, and this is the second Batting Practice gear refresh we’ve covered. Merchandise! And, hey, they might be the nicest batting practice set the Phillies have ever had. Oh wait, these are just for spring training? Huh?

The hat: Sure, it’s super-similar to the current batting practice hat (the sidepanel logos are new, and the main logo is executed differently, but it’s still within “that’s definitely a Phillies hat territory.”) Other teams went a little crazier (namely, the White Sox and Dodgers), but the Phillies don’t (yet?) have a novelty secondary logo. Maybe there’s a Phanatic or a Liberty Bell in their future? Mr. Met is on the Mets hat, so this isn’t out of the question…

I had previously thought that the Phillies had exhausted all of the red/white/blue combinations for their hats, but, lo-and-behold, I hadn’t thought of making the “P” logo only outlines, instead of a white outline around a solid blue “P” as had been on the batting practice hat since the dawn of time (note: the dawn of time dates to around 1999).

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The jersey:

Somehow, the Phillies have managed to avoid having a solid-color alternate jersey (not talking batting practice jerseys, where the Phillies have both red and blue options) well after it’s the norm for teams to have one or even two (the Orioles have orange and black, for example). Off the top of my head, every team except the Yankees and the Phillies has solid-color alternates, so it’s notable that the Phillies continue to be a hold-out here. I mention all of this because, finally, the Phillies have a batting practice spring training jersey that could be swapped in as a red alternate. No contrasting sidepanels, buttons instead of pull-over; it’s nice! Maybe it could be used for regular games (if the patches, discussed below, were removed), but Majestic would want you to know that “that’s the most ridiculous thing we’ve ever heard because…” then some jibberish about fabrics for batting practice and game jerseys needing to be different for performance reasons.

What would make them better? Moving away from the “normal home jersey, but re-worked” theme would be nice. The current away AND alternate jerseys are just variations of the home jersey (same wordmark, layout, and generally the same color palette). It would be SO easy for them to do an enlarged “P” logo design using the current logo, echoing the 70s/80s design.

Like this, but white instead of blue, red instead of maroon, and, you know, a haircut and less threatening stare into the mid-distance

Like this, but white instead of blue, the new “P” logo, red instead of maroon, and, you know, a haircut and less threatening stare into the mid-distance. Also, no mustache, unless ironic.

But now onto the silly business… somehow, for some reason, MLB is putting a TON of effort into marketing the Cactus League (Arizona) and Grapefruit League (Florida) locations of the teams’ spring training? What? Who cares about this? (who cares about uniforms? I know, I know…). The hats have side patches which showcase the locales, and each jersey has a corresponding patch loudly broadcasting where the team calls home for February and March. Are there tax incentives that MLB receives if they needlessly shill for these specific southern states? Doubt it. So loudly attaching “FL” and “AZ” to the jerseys (not just “Spring Training”) seems to create a situation where not only are you a Philadelphia fan, but a Phillies fan, and dammit, a Florida fan, too. And Arizona sucks! We hate those guys, with their cacti and Native American-themed artwork and disrespect of Daylight Saving Time!

Honestly, this reminds of the poorly manufactured RAW vs. SmackDown “feud” during WWE’s brand split era, or, more relevantly, people that have an unnecessarily strong opinions about the National League vs. the American League (FYI, these hats have subtle AL/NL logos embroidered in the same color as the hat itself). Florida vs. Arizona! Edward vs. Jacob! Kyle vs. Jim! Two enter, one leaves! Anyway, this is an odd thing to use as a marketing move. I know more than a few people who have made Phillies spring training (in Florida™!) into a “warm weather in the winter” vacation stop (Kyle, pre-spawning, made trips with his dad for a few years there), but they certainly weren’t cross-shopping a trip to Rockies training camp in Scottsdale, you know?

There’s also something funky on the numbers and letters. They’re using dye sublimation to include cutesy graphics inside them. Chris Creamer has very clear pictures of this design. Think “subtle wrapping paper.” The only Phillies picture so far is a bit fuzzy, so check out the previous link. If you want lots more detail (including the tonal, embroidered AL/NL logos on the hat, opposite the FL/AZ patch, check out Chris Creamer’s Sportslogos.net writeup.

So, if it’s considered “necessary” that teams have special BP hats and jerseys (read: Spring Training gear/merchandise), and, this has been the case for the last 15+ years, it’s actually quite nice. Thumbs up. Also, SCREW YOU, ARIZONA.

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12 Comments

  • Big wing bowl announcement January 29, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Flat Ronnie will be at wing bowl!!!!

    Reply
    • Flat Ronnie January 29, 2016 at 10:29 am

      You know it, Duuuuu! Let’s fuck some whores!

      Reply
  • Sarah Baicker's Huge Brown Bush January 29, 2016 at 10:09 am

    These uniforms are even more out of style than I am!

    Reply
  • SO MANY QUESTIONS SO FEW ANSWERS January 29, 2016 at 10:51 am

    1 – who is Dan Fuller? 2 – does anyone over 30 wear the flat brim clown caps? 3 – what does the Wing Bowl comment and a Big Brown Bush comment got to do with the Phillies?

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    • The One January 29, 2016 at 12:34 pm

      You new here, huh?

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      • YUP NEW COMMENTER BUT OLD READER February 2, 2016 at 10:32 am

        I’d still like to know, does anyone over 30 wear the flat-bill cap.

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  • Bob January 29, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Why do bloggers continually write about uniform/hat changes and provide all this in-depth analysis on it? I’ve seen this shit for years. Who the fuck cares? Any grown ass man that buys this shit is a faag anyway, putting another man’s name on your back. Bloggers are as useless as the mainstream websites at this point. They are all the same.

    Reply
  • Reality January 29, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    WHO.GIVES.A.FUCK

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  • ... January 29, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    The only change I would like to see is the elimination of the blue accent from the normal home and away jerseys/hat.

    Reply
  • DG January 29, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    If they put the phanatic on a baseball cap I will scream. Wtf is tgis little league? Its bad ehough the chest logo has 2 stars on top of the i’s like a fuckin note from a girl in 5th grade with hearts. Eagles get it..uniforms are nasty. Flyers winter classic are cool but the rest trash with sown in name plates. Sixers..well ya lol.

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  • Dan Fuller January 30, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Guess he’s Jims replacement.

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  • Charlie Manuel's wagoneer February 1, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    When did hats start going for $38!? ($44 with standard shipping) I mean, if you’re tacky and dumb enough to buy a bedazzled hat for $40 that’s one thing but are people really shelling out $38 for an “AUTHENTIC” hat these days? Maybe I’m just stuck in the 00’s and haven’t accounted for inflation of self admiration our under-performing and UN-appealing boys of summer presently have for themselves, but I find this absolutely ridiculous. I’m guessing it’s probably beyond the Phillies control to some extent and BIG MLB STORE is to blame but c’moooon maaaaan. Ryan Howard (or the Phillies) should pay for discounted vouchers for anybody to obtain one of these extremely over priced lame hats or any other jawn from the store….just for principle. They should also wear the red more than 6 times a year. It’s a looong season. Might as well. beep beep

    http://shop.mlb.com/Philadelphia_Phillies_Caps/pg/1/ps/60/so/highest_price

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