The Los Angeles Dodgers continue to unveil new ideas prior to the start of the 2014 season. Pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in just nine days while Opening Day in Australia is just 51 days away.
Promotional items have been added to the schedule, including Brian Wilson and A.J. Ellis bobbleheads while the new Time Warner Cable network, SportsNet LA, is set to launch on February 25. This morning, the Dodgers announced that they’ll be implementing a new alternate road jersey that they’ll wear while in Australia playing against the Diamondbacks.
Instead of saying “Los Angeles” across the jersey, “Dodgers” will grace the front of the jersey and they’ll wear them in different points of the season. Here are some pictures and the official press release from the Dodgers explaining and showing the jerseys:
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers will have an alternate road jersey in 2014, as the team will utilize one of the most identifiable team names in sports today, “Dodgers,” as well as their home city, “Los Angeles,” on the two jerseys.
When the Dodgers came to Los Angeles in 1958, the road jersey featured the name Dodgers. The next year, the team’s road jersey featured Los Angeles and continued that way through 1969. The team name, Dodgers, returned to the jersey in 1970 through 1998 and the city name, Los Angeles, returned in 1999 to the present. The last time the Dodgers wore alternate jerseys was in 2011, when they wore the powder blue Brooklyn jerseys for six home dates.
“Because we are equally proud of our iconic brand name and the city we represent and with the number of Dodger fans across the country, we felt it important to have two sets of road jerseys to feature both the team name, as well as Los Angeles,” said Lon Rosen, the Dodgers’ Executive Vice-President & Chief Marketing Officer. “This will begin when we start play in spring training and we plan to wear the `Dodgers’ jersey when we open the regular season in Australia on March 22.”
The Dodgers’ pitchers and catchers report to Glendale, AZ, for Spring Training on Saturday, Feb. 8 and the first full-squad workout is set for Friday, Feb. 14.