Exhibition or not, baseball games are being played again as we march toward the start of the regular season. Amid a bevy of changes coming this upcoming season — including the new 3 batter minimum rule for pitchers, and the active roster expanding to 26 — MLB made waves late in 2019 when it announced that uniform rights were sold to Nike for the foreseeable future.
New year, new threads. pic.twitter.com/TlFIdlwUU3
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) December 9, 2019
And now we’ve had some time to see those changes implemented, none more than the new Nike Swoosh unis.
At first, the change was met with heavy criticism by fans as the classic, logo-free garb was going to be sullied with a swoosh on the chest. Additionally, the fear was “what’s next? Applebee’s logos on the sleeve?”
This was touched upon by DodgersNation.com’s post-game live stream host Doug McKain in this video.
Indeed that video feels like it’s from a different time as we hear the names Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon still linked to the Dodgers, but the message is clear: please stop at the swoosh on our beloved jerseys.
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So now, after a week or so of games, how have fans taken to the new unis? First let’s see the positive to positive-adjacent reviews.
They aren’t that bad, in fact most of them are kinda nice, except Yankees
— Tomas (@Tomas111752) March 2, 2020
I’ve learned not to see it
— Pat Dwyer ?? (@TheRealPJDwyer) March 2, 2020
Love Nike material is alot better.
— Jose Huerta (@JoseLafan4life) March 2, 2020
best decision the MLB has made
— hades (@LockSZN_) March 2, 2020
I actually like them. The logo isn’t “in your face” like the WNBA logos.
— **SoCalGirl** (@SoCalGirl1208) March 2, 2020
It isn’t terrible, still wish they weren’t there tho. I think it looks worse on other teams pinstripe uniforms
— Jordan Hartsell (@JHartsell18) March 2, 2020
People don’t like new on anything classic but it looks nice can’t complain
— Lord Rotsen. (@IAmNestor_) March 2, 2020
I’ll get used to it. But I don’t like seeing any logo on the front of a uniform, except auto racing (because the patches have been there as long as I can remember).
— Tweetmix (@tweetmix) March 2, 2020
Then there’s the indifferent crowd.
Couldn’t care less
— Candice Sánchez (@drunkcandice) March 2, 2020
— Yory Boy (@Christi02822797) March 2, 2020
Could care less really, it’s 99 percent the same uniform. Literally just a check on the logo
— ClaimWhatWasStolen2020 (@Michael04Champ) March 2, 2020
But there are also the folks that hate the new look.
hate em ?
— OFJHKTA (@jakobehenriquez) March 2, 2020
Suck. In fact just sold all my Nike stock.
— DOC ?????? (@dochunts) March 2, 2020
Not liking the swoosh on the chest
— Jason LaMotte (@DoctorJaybo) March 2, 2020
— Miguel (@mikethereal) March 2, 2020
So far the biggest victim in this change may be the consumer. The average price of the new uniform is $319 online, a big increase over the old Majestic brand.
Plus the gear costs way more now. So that sucks.
— Robert Fulton (@robbyfulton) March 2, 2020
Still the most correct response may have come from this Twitter user.
I'm so damn happy that baseball is back, I didn't even notice the Nike swoosh! ? pic.twitter.com/cgdUHCzg4Y
— SoCal Librarian (@socal_librarian) March 2, 2020
What are your thoughts on the new look? Continue the conversation and let us know in the comments below!