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What is your opinion of the Cardinals uniform changes?

As many St. Louis Cardinals fans already know, on Friday the club unveiled a new alternate uniform to be worn on home Saturdays in 2013, modeled here by pitcher Trevor Rosenthal.

The most visible change is the use of “St. Louis” in place of “Cardinals” on the jersey front, along with red piping on the jersey and matching pants. Both are an off-white color, reminiscent of the World Champion Giants’ uniforms.

According to the excellent uniform database at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Cardinals first featured the “Birds on the Bat” in 1922, using it every year since except 1956. They introduced the piping in 1936, deploying it for two decades. “St. Louis” last appeared on jersey fronts in 1932, at that time in both home and away forms.

Other jersey tweaks for 2013 include more detail in the BOTB embroidery on all three of the team’s jerseys and a reduction of the size of the numbers on the jersey front from four inches to 3 ½”.

Finally, the 2013 Cardinals will sport red caps with their road uniforms, while the previous blue cap will remain a road alternate.  The team will also wear a new batting practice cap.

With the new alternate uniform, the Cardinals leave behind only the Dodgers, Yankees and Tigers as MLB clubs remaining true to their classic home and away designs exclusively.

The Cardinals undoubtedly timed their announcement to coincide with the Holiday shopping season and have made available for purchase new uniform replicas in various forms.

So, there you have it. You’ve had at least 24 hours to consider the changes. What is your bottom line opinion? Are you glad they did it, do you wish they hadn’t or are you somewhere in between?

What is your overall opinion of the Cardinals uniform changes?

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17 Responses to “What is your opinion of the Cardinals uniform changes?”

  1. crdswmn says:

    Why is this such a big deal? It’s an article of clothing, not the treasure map to the holy grail. There are people unfollowing others on Twitter because of a disagreement about this change. There are people acting like the Cardinals committed a federal crime by changing it. Some of the reaction is positively ridiculous.

    The new jersey looks nice to me. Even if it didn’t, it ‘s a jersey that will be worn maybe 12 games a year, so who cares? Is the team going to be cursed by the wicked witch of baseball uniforms for changing it ? All of this brouhaha just doesn’t make sense to me.

    At least this post is informative and neutral, some I’ve seen should be made into a TV movie of the week.

  2. Nutlaw says:

    Meh. Don’t particularly like it, but like crdswmn, don’t care. If it were bright pink, or something, I’d be up in arms.

  3. rl16 says:

    I like the new look, but will miss the blue road caps. I love red as much as other Cards fans, but it is nice to have something different once in awhile. Gotta believe the club realized the additional revenue new jerseys would bring in. Good move on their part to get them out in time for Christmas.

  4. JumboShrimp says:

    Its a long off-season. Teams footle around with uniform to offer some news.

  5. Bw52 says:

    A baseball note-Rotoworld says Cards signed 32 yr old Justin Christian OF RH/RH as a minor league FA with a Spring training invite.

  6. JumboShrimp says:

    Though the Arizona league gets more attention than it deserves, our contingent did well. Siegrist, Blair, and Whiting collected innings, while the four players hit well enough, especially ONeill.

  7. JumboShrimp says:

    A comment about the Giants. Brian and I agreed before the Series that the Tigers would win, but instead the Giants swept. They also won the Series in 2010.

    Both seasons, a strength of the Giants team was starting pitching, folks like Cain, Baumgardner, Linceum in 2010, Vogelsong and Zito in 2012. The Giants could have tried to retain Carlos Beltran for 2012, but elected to spread out the money and sign less heralded, less injury vulnerable left swingers like Melky Cabrera and the CF Pagan. They have invested money in Affeldt a strong lefty reliever.

    Things might have turned out differently in a short series. Who could have expected Sandoval to hit two HRs off Verlander? Nonetheless, the Giants seem to have tried to build on pitching, defense, balanced lineup with matchup platoons, and not too much investment in big cost position players.

    Now we get to the Cards this off season. Should we pursue a costly position player like SS Cabrera from the Indians, who would help the lineup? Or try to extend Adam Wainwright, who won game 4 in the NL series and go with inexpensive middle infielders?

    • Brian Walton says:

      Why is your last statement an “OR”? Can they only make one move each off-season?

      • JumboShrimp says:

        There may be an overall budget. Within this constraint, there are choices to be made and tradeoffs to be weighed.
        It seems possible we can both add a pricey middle infielder and extend Wainwright. On the other hand, perhaps not. Mo has more information, so I have to trust to his judgment.

        • Brian Walton says:

          You do not seem to be aware that Wainwright is already under contract for 2013. Whether or not they get an extension done for 2014 and beyond, his 2013 cost has been known for several years.

        • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

          Things that are true Jumbo………. Wainwright will wait and see what the market ends up for Greinke / Lohse / Sanchez/………… and now Shields and others……… the Rays pitchers being floated, are the truest sign of a potentially “explosive market” ………. there are many currencies …….. how many teams have big trade chips? And then there is BD………. a big offshore partner in Fox…… he knows some very interesting factors that will influence that market now and next year………. Does he cash in some “eggs” to get that Shields contract, to buffer against a Wainwright power play? Does he offer Lohse a 3yr deal? He does not want to pay 100 mil for a pitcher. Does he make a move or wait and see if Wainwright stumbles under the pressure?

          • JumboShrimp says:

            Westie, old pal, still thinking about the Caymans. I hope BD has a stake in deep oil in North Dakota, or even in a Utica play, here in Ohio. Love those liquid hydrocarbons.

            Kyle will not be getting a multi-year offer. We want his comp draft pick, need to invest in the future.

            Are those eggs by Faberge?

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