Padres Unveil New Uniforms for 2017 & Fans Cringe

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Let me start this piece off by stating that my first priority with the San Diego Padres will always be the product on the field.

I am one who was never too concerned with bringing back the brown (although I would like that), and I also came to the Padres’ defense multiple times when they moved the retired numbers. Things like this are trivial, and ultimately, the product on the field means more than a uniform color.

However, this recent choice for another uniform change is just abysmal. First off, the fact the team is changing color schemes and design again really bothers me. Enough already with all the constant changes and alterations with font and such. Pick a color and stick with it.

Secondly, this is the best you could come up with? The uniform looks like dozens of other teams and provides no identity for a franchise starved for one. Obviously, these are not permanent uniforms and the fan base will have to endure this same situation next winter. Uniforms are not made to be changed every year. Especially if you are trying to build a sense of tradition with the team.

I have heard other fans describe all of our uniforms as costumes, and it is beginning to feel that way. To start the season in 2016, the Padres wore five different jerseys in their first six games. I wrote then that it was a horrible look for a team looking to build tradition, but yet the team continues to design new looks and pump out a new jersey every year.

I get it. It is all about the mighty dollar. Changing uniforms means more merchandise sales and increased revenue. Baseball is a business, there is no debating that. The dollar bill rules all and it is what makes the whole system go around. However, by alienating the fans and pissing them off, you are treading on dangerous waters. Be careful, Padres management team. Be careful.

Here is some of the reaction of the fans and what their feelings are on a new uniform.

4 thoughts on “Padres Unveil New Uniforms for 2017 & Fans Cringe

  1. Why don’t the Padres get with the benefits of technology and take a cue from the obvious outrage of their fanbase? There’s enough frustrated people on social media for them to know these aren’t going to cut it. Why won’t they consent to popular demand? These uniforms make me wonder if Mike Dee is still hiding in the closet around the office.

  2. When will Ron Folwer get it, the San Diego Padres BELONG in Brown!
    Why can’t they work with and update or take cue’s from the 1974 & 1975 uniforms?
    Have the Two-Tone Brown and Gold hat for homes an ALL Brown with Gold SD logo for Road games and keep the current brown Friday alt jersey!
    The 2017 uniforms are the WORST!

    1. Hey Oscar, I can see everyones love for the brown, but I would personally prefer the late 80’s brown/orange pinstripes if they are going to go brown. It is cool/nice to see the brown on Fridays, but all season long might be a bit much in my opinion.

  3. Wow, where did they come up with these? I for one, didn’t mind last years jerseys and compared to these, they were a God send. I do not know why they won’t go back to the 90’s blue/orange pinstrip unis full time? At the very least you can dream of Gwynn and Caminiti in their primes when you see those. On the bright side, by the time the Padres are good again, they will probably have had 2 or 3 different color schemes, and hopefully the one they pick to stay with for a while I like.

    As for your comment about, “Changing uniforms, means more merchandise sales and increased revenue. Baseball is a business, there is no debating that”. I couldn’t agree more, but who is going to buy these jerseys? If they want to increase revenues, they have to put out a product people are going to want to buy. This move at least saved me some money this year.

    PS Renfroe 71 it is!! I’m glad the girlfriend didn’t wait to get me one of these. 🙂 🙁

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