Jason Klaer – Indy Writer
Although it has been just over three months since the conclusion of the 2015 Major League Baseball season, it is already time for a new campaign. Recently, images were leaked of new spring training gear for this upcoming season. One of the newest additions to the collection were the new hats which now feature a patch on the right side indicating the Cactus or Grapefruit League. Here is a rundown of the 10 best-looking caps.
10) Milwaukee Brewers
For many years, the logo shown above was the go-to for the franchise. The mitt secretly breaks down the team’s initials (M and B). I also have liked the idea of filling the glove with a baseball, give it a little bit more purpose and detail. One new approach with this hat is the “drenched” glove. In the past, the glove has been a lighter blue. A darker blue not only mixes things up but also fits in with the yellow of the outlined glove. Changing the scheme will help sell more merchandise and possibly give the Brewers a new identity.
9) Texas Rangers
Texas is a state known for its pride, which is why the Rangers have recently elected to pay homage to the state. Three seasons ago, the franchise decided to incorporate the state flag flying along with the “T”. I enjoyed the addition, it made the logo more visually appealing and paid respects to the location of the team. It looks as if the Rangers have taken one step further toward paying back The Lone Star State. Pinstriped in red, the state of Texas will be accompanying the traditional logo. I feel as if Texas is the one state which could get away with it, all of the others seems to be shaped awkwardly and could not be recognized, besides Florida.
8) Arizona Diamondbacks
In one of the most drastic logo changes in the MLB, the Diamondbacks have finally decided to release the identity of their true mascot, a snake. Since the franchise’s start in 1998, a simple “A” has sufficed as the main way fans indicate the squad in the desert. Kudos to whoever realized that it was about time for change. This snake with its fangs grasping a baseball gives the idea of the potent team Arizona may display in 2016. You cannot go wrong with a serpent as the logo on any of your gear. This is an A+ move for the National League West members.
7) White Sox
Finally, Chicago has taken the initiative and used the “Batterman” in the logo rotation. This logo is mostly identified with the 1983 White Sox. When the MLB revamped its batting practice collection, the dust was wiped off of this logo and was placed on the traditional red, blue and white themed cap. I am not a White Sox fan, however, I really enjoy this logo. Gives more life than just “Sox” diagonally down a hat. Only aspect I would change is to have the hat be any color but black. I know simple is sometimes the best option, but in this case you have to change it up.
6) Colorado Rockies
Nothing better describes the state of Colorado than mountains and beer. Since Major League Baseball has a strict advertising policy, the mountains will have to suffice in this situation. This specific logo has been used in the past but the purple outline gives the alternate logo a little bit more pizazz. The Rockies will be a sharp team sporting this hat out in the next week or so.
5) Toronto Blue Jays
I put this hat on here for the sake of the maple leaf, such a simple symbol but one that carries a lot of meaning throughout Toronto. I am not totally bought on the color – I do not know where that shade of blue plays into the bigger picture. But hey, it is spring training and while many managers are experimenting with their roster, the marketers are doing the same with the uniforms.
4) Miami Marlins
Miami is one of those innocent franchises, it does not help nor hurt the MLB. They are forgotten about and have somehow won more World Series titles than majority of baseball in the past 19 seasons. I love the eccentric color that was used on this hat. I’m not a fan of the black, but I understand you want to avoid the clashing of colors. Overall, just a nice hat to look at under the blazing Florida sun, just do not expect to see many of the Marlins’ bats blazing.
3) Oakland Athletics
Who does not like seeing an elephant perform tricks? Let alone on your favorite team’s gear. The elephant depicted is derived from the franchise’s days in Philadelphia. Overall, it is such a better idea than the traditional “A’s” logo. I am all about detail and this hat offers it and more. I think the green and yellow work together as a solid combination. Maybe changing the color of the actual elephant would make the hat even better.
2) St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis has really outdone themselves with this newest hat release. The cardinal resting on the bat has easily been my favorite logo that the franchise has put out. However, the navy blue counterpart was something I never bought into. The white trim is a great way to have the bird stand out in the foreground. This bright red is a much better fit, considering the name of the franchise as it also will make the team stand out when spring training comes into play.
1) Kansas City Royals
One little tweak can really make the difference for some people. In my case, the Royals did just that. Adding the crown is the reason why this tops the list for me. It took the normal “KC” and threw in a simple four-pointed crown. Not only are you representing the franchise’s nickname, but you are also pointing out that you are currently the kings of baseball. Big things are expected from the Royals this season, especially when these hats are being worn.
(Featured image retrieved from: “espn.go.com“)