Orioles Show Off New Uniforms
Marc Carig is at the Orioles' uniform unveiling today and we'll try to get his impressions later, but here is a photo gallery of the new unis.
Here's what the AP's longtime O's writer Dave Ginburg says:
For the first time since 1972, the Orioles will wear the script word "Baltimore" across the front of their gray road jerseys. At home and away, the left sleeve will be adorned by a circular patch featuring the pattern of the Maryland state flag.
Other changes include:
-- A wide, orange strip replaces the thin black stripe on the sleeve and pants;
-- The script word "Baltimore" and the new patch on the sleeves of the alternate black jerseys, which will be used occasionally on the road for the first time;
-- New bullpen jackets that display the throwback logo of a cartoon bird swinging a bat;
-- A makeover for the Oriole on the cap.
"If we are taking the field in Baltimore, in Seattle or in Fort Lauderdale for spring training, people will know it's the Orioles," said Greg Bader, director of communications for the team. "There's an element of consistency in style and overall appearance."
After the Senators left Washington in 1971, the Orioles dropped all references to Baltimore on their uniforms to make the team more appealing to baseball fans in the Baltimore-Washington corridor. Washington has its own team now, so the Orioles are making a pronounced effort to represent Baltimore and the state of Maryland.
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