Detroit Tigers: Spring Training Caps are U.G.L.Y.
It is no secret that the Detroit Tigers have won the off-season. With the signings of players like Justin Upton, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Rodriguez, Al Avila and the front office staff has dramatically improved a variety of positions. The bullpen is full stocked, the outfield is overloaded, and the starting rotation appears to be healthy and ready to throw.
While fans are holding their collective breath that everything goes well in Spring Training and that no player gets injured, no one was expecting the Spring Training uniforms would take their breath away – in a bad way.
And some more of the #Tigers‘ Spring Training caps and jerseys. pic.twitter.com/WYKdAchS6n
The Detroit Tigers have one of the most iconic and well-loved logos in all of sports. Up until the moment that these hideous caps were released, I did not think there would ever be a way to make the Old English D look ridiculous. The designers at New Era are clearly not Tigers’ fans.
The second set of hats and unis is nowhere near as ugly as the orange/blue set. But the white outlining does not do the “D” any justice.
As a fan, I love the classic look of the Tigers’ uniforms. Yes, I’m biased, but I think they are one of the most attractive uniforms in all of baseball. Whether the team is wearing their home whites or the script grays on the road, the uniforms are perfect just they way they are.
While spring training is a more relaxed environment for the players and fans, there is no reason for a team of multi-millionaire adult athletes to be wearing those orange hats. Not one person looks good with that shade of orange on their faces. As a fan who follows the players on social media, I have not once seen any of those men wearing anything in that awful color. I cannot imagine any one of them buying a hat like that from any retailer. So, why would a professional company like New Era do this?
I am not alone in my opinion about the hideous orange hat and the cheap looking coordinating uniforms. Fellow fans are questioning the color and style:
While I certainly do not condone littering, I am going to suggest that all of the Tigers go for a ride with Justin Verlander in one of his convertible sports cars. They should each where their ugly orange hats lightly on their heads and the let the wind take them away as they ride down I-4. Or, maybe they can all take a trip to Disney World and give them away…if anyone will take them. Can you picture Miguel Cabrera, Ian Kinsler or Jose Iglesias wearing that orange color? Me, either.
New Era, you can do better.