Rockies news and links for Friday, January 8, 2020
In the dreary days of winter in an offseason with little action — I mean little action for the Rockies, not for ever-improving teams like the Padres or the Mets who landed Francisco Lindor on Thursday — sometimes it’s fun to think about hypothetical scenarios down the road. Since the Rockies aren’t giving us many new additions to analyze, how about we look at the rumor of new uniforms coming to Colorado in 2022?
While not 100 percent confirmed in its authenticity, in a response email that appears to be legit from Rockies owner Dick Monfort to a fan, Monfort allegedly said, “next year we will have a new uniform,” according to SportsLogos.net. In addition, the email also says the Rockies are trying to work out a deal with Trevor Story while also complaining about agents, and praising Rockies analytic efforts to put players at different positions and experiment with different things from nutrition to how they do batting practice to better adapt to coming in and out of altitude, but those are topics for another day. Even if the email is not real, we can still imagine a future with a different Rockies uniform.
I, for one, love the Rockies unis because of their classic nature with the pinstripes and font. There have been subtle changes over the years, like moving from Rockies to Colorado on the front, adding vests, or shifting shades of purple, but no major changes. That being said, maybe it’s time to really change it up and rock something new. Far and away, my favorite part is that the Rockies are the only team in the MLB to have purple as a main color. Therefore, my vote is for more purple. That can be more purple on the uni or solid purple, or a purple hat, but let’s maximize the purple. While we’re at it, some kind of mountain incorporation would be cool too. It doesn’t need to be over the top, like Larry Walker wore so well (scroll down in this link to see), but maybe more mountains in the background, like Kyle Freeland’s forearm mountain tattoo (pictured nicely here), with the word Rockies in front. A new cap with something like that would be sweet. If I had any artistic or graphic design skills, I would try to design one, but right now this just lives in my imagination. If you could design a Rockies uniform, what would you do? Go wild in the comments.
Purple Row wrote a lot about uniforms in 2020, in large part because in April when there should have been baseball, there wasn’t, so what else are you going to write about? Here is a great overview of the current uniforms from Renee Dechert. After the season, Dechert wrote about how the Rockies performed in each uniform and the results weren’t great because their record was 26-34. The Rockies went 12-11 in the white pinstripes, 12-13 in the gray away jerseys, 1-4 in the purple tops, and 1-6 in the black vests. Considering those numbers, why not try something new?
In terms of polling on desires for new uniforms, the Purple Row community was pretty divided with 36 percent saying no to a new look, and two groups of 32 percenters who said it was either time for a complete change in uniforms or at least time to add more options while keeping the current jerseys. If we say Monfort’s email is real, it isn’t clear as to whether it will be a completely new look or just a new addition. Either way, it would probably cause some fans to buy one and drop more money into the team’s coffers.
It’s hard to imagine a uniform change, but it is exciting. It also seems fitting when you think about what the Rockies are worried most about right now, which is money. (We all wish it was winning, but it’s just not believable.) In 2019, Major League Baseball and Nike came to a deal to add the Nike swoosh to all MLB jerseys, netting $1 billion for the league, according to Forbes. That reportedly meant each team got $3 million. In addition to the revenue, league officials said the deal would bring in younger fans who follow the Nike brand. The jury is still out on that.
However, there’s even more money to be made. In 2019, the Washington Post reported that advertising patches on MLB player uniforms were “inevitable.” The article also makes comparisons to the NBA’s jerseys’ ads, which are worth anywhere from $5-20 million for teams each year. SportsLogos.net reported earlier this year that MLB owners want ads immediately and the moving marketing stamps could come as soon as 2021, but could be more likely for 2022, which happens to be when the Rockies might be unveiling a new look. Considering the Rockies were willing to cut David Dahl to save $2.6 million, it’s hard to imagine what company the Rockies wouldn’t turn away for a few million. Images of patches that say Waste Management, symbolizing Jeff Bridich’s track record for free agent deals or a sarcastic Draft Kings logo that appears to encourage betting, but could be mocking the current state of the farm system, comes to mind. Or maybe they would end up with uniforms that look like Girl Scout vests or punk rock jean jackets with various patches scattered all over. It’s certainly feasible the Rockies would do anything to bring back some of the money they lost in 2020. Who knows what could happen.
So, let’s do a different poll.
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Noah Yingling, citing Baseball America, gives a very interesting update on how the 2021 season may roll out. According to MLB sources, spring training is still on as scheduled, but it will only be major leaguers and Triple-A players to limit sizes for pandemic safety. After that, Double-A and Single-A players will come in for their own spring training, resulting in their regular seasons being delayed. As Yingling points out, this is far from the worst news because what’s most important is that full seasons are still scheduled for all levels, even if it means Single-A and Double-A will extend into October. Hopefully, this can be the plan.
It still blows my mind that Coors Field is the third oldest baseball stadium in the National League, but Thomas Harding takes this one step further in pointing out some very old history of brick building the Rockies call home. Not only is the corner of 22nd Avenue and Blake Street cool because it’s the home of a microbrewery that birthed Blue Moon, but also because the building was constructed in 1912 and then incorporated into the construction of the stadium before it opened in 1995. This fun trivia fact makes me miss sitting in Sandlot Brewery and Coors Field even more than I did before.
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