The D-Backs debuted some revolutionary unis yesterday. They go completely against the baseball uniform norm like the MLB version of the Ducks. And similar to the Ducks, they have eight new uniforms and seven different hats. Here is my initial reaction to the jerseys without seeing them on the field.
Snakeskin: The D-Backs decided to go with 'snakeskin' diamond patterning on the shoulders and down the sides of the jerseys, at the bottom of the pant legs that blends in with the players' cleats, and on the top of the hats. It's a cool idea, but it looks terrible. Plus, knowing baseball players, the will undoubtedly wear different colored cleats that would make the pants look bad, or it won't even be visible by those players who wear their pants up. The hat looks like those artsy ones they sell at Lids that you see all the hoodlums wear. Grade: D
Dark Grey Road Uniforms: I LOVE dark grey baseball unis. We got some Anthracite alternates last year which were easily my favorites (shoutout to Coach J for modeling). They are just a very clean look and it's a nice change to see. I hope some other teams hop on board with this. Grade: A+
Pant Piping: The D-Backs are trying out this short pant piping. Normally, pants either have the full length piping along the side or no piping at all. These pants have a pipe that starts mid-thigh and runs to the bottom of the pants. It's something that is very subtle and not many people will notice, but I can jive with it. Grade: B+
Home Uniforms: The regular home's are on the left with the alternate's on the right. If you can notice on the alternate unis, the names and numbers are outlined in the classic Diamondback teal, and I absolutely hate it. They need to keep the teal with the throwback unis. Although, I do like the light grey 'snakeskin' design on the back of the jerseys and bottom of the pant legs. The home unis are so-so and the cleats make them better. Grade: C
Road Uniforms: I already touched on this above. The road's are on the left and the alternates on the right. Again, I could do with out the teal on the alternates. But the cleats for both of these are beautiful. I would maybe like a little more white or something in them. Grade: A- (minus because of the teal)
Other Alternates: The red's are clean. The black's look like BP tops, but the cleats are cool. The Spanish-heritage uniforms are the best of the three, not just because of the 'Los D-Backs'. This is probably the best looking jersey with the 'snakeskin' design. Grade: B
The GOATs: I would argue that these are the best throwbacks in all of the MLB, even better than the Cardinals' Baby Blue's and the A's Gold's. Most unique color scheme for a professional team. One of my fondest baseball memories was watching Luis Gonzalez's walkoff in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series of Mariano in these jerseys. It should be a requirement that the D-Backs wear these jerseys at least 10 times a year. Or they just want to go back to these unis... Grade: A++