A little bit of throwback, a little bit of revision, and a whole lot of royal blue and gold. The Mariners held an event today to introduce the new jersey and hat pairing the team will be wearing on Sundays throughout the year, for a total of thirteen games. Here's the official release from the Mariners.
Even though it's presented as a cream jersey, it appears to be a lighter shade of cream than what some other teams have. The compass rose is still firmly a part of the uniform design, tucked away behind the gold S on a royal blue background and prominently featured on the sleeves. Also notable is the team's push to go vintage, removing names from the back of the jerseys. They've also added striped stirrups and socks, which Charlie Furbush and Taijuan Walker modeled at the event.
Photo credit: Colin O'Keefe
Here's a closer look at the front, modeled by Nelson Cruz.
It's a cool look, and while I was concerned about all of the cream and gold rumors we've heard over the past few years, this is about as good as it gets while incorporating both colors. It's old school but new school, the colors really pop, and the new changes to the lettering makes everything look sharp.
Below, you can see that the M's have re-arranged the letter coloring on all the uniforms . It's an awesome change, and it makes you wonder why it wasn't like that in the first place. It also applies to the names and numbers, giving the uniforms a real sharpness that wasn't there before, even though I never knew it. That's the very best kind of improvement. It's amazing how such a little change can provide a refresh to a familiar design.
The Mariners didn't waste any time letting fans purchase the new gear, as it's all available at team stores today.
I'm sold. Those hats look awesome with the white outline. I can't wait to get my hands on one. Don't buy all the 7 1/4 hats, please.
The Mariners do a few things very well, and Kevin Martinez and the promotions team did an outstanding job on this release. While I'll forever wish for a return of the trident, this new design should appease just about everyone. Good on you, M's.