The brown is back. After years of speculation, the San Diego Padres have officially announced that 2020 is the season where the team will don brown uniforms.
After more than a decade of blue and white, the Padres will bring back the brown in 2020.
Kevin Acee of the Union-Tribune reported Friday morning that the Padres have let Major League Baseball know that they will adopt a new old look come 2020, one that includes variations of gold and brown
The Padres have worn many uniforms over the years involving various color schemes that range from brown and yellow to orange and blue, but have utilized a generic blue and white scheme since moving to PETCO Park in 2004. According to Acee, the team is choosing between three different home jerseys and three road jerseys with some designs that reportedly include pinstripes, a callback to the 90’s blue and orange jerseys.
San Diego’s current ownership group has relied on focus groups to determine whether or not a change in color scheme is something that casual fans want.
Interestingly enough, no clear majority decision was reached by the groups with brown and yellow being the least disliked combination. Despite these findings, fans of the brown have been by far the most vocal on social media, even going so far as to create multiple mock-ups of potential uniform designs that incorporate said color scheme. Most are fed up by the lack of team identity.
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San Diego wore mostly brown uniforms from 1969 to 1991 and many consider brown to be the color most associated with the Friars as a result.
Many Padre greats such as Dave Winfield, Randy Jones, and Tony Gwynn donned the brown and yellow at some point in their careers and although a uniform change doesn’t change the quality of play on the field it is refreshing to see the Padres embrace their history at least a little bit. While the current club lacks a clear identity this change is definitely a step in the right direction as their current uniforms leave a lot to be desired.
Coincidentally enough, Nike will be taking over as Major League Baseball’s official uniform and footwear provider starting in 2020 so we will see if this affects the process in any way. The Padres will present their final versions to MLB before the end of May.
What do you think, Padres fans? Do you like this move or do you think the team should have gone a different direction?