SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 28: Will Venable #25 of the San Diego Padres, right, is congratulated by teammates after hitting a grand slam during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Petco Park on September 28, 2011 in San Diego, California. The Padres won 9-2. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
There are a few Major League Baseball teams who're changing their look over the offseason. The soon-to-be Miami Marlins are the team that's gotten the most attention, but the San Diego Padres have been planning to change things up as well, and Wednesday afternoon, they've revealed new logos and uniforms.
As expected, they didn't do anything dramatic. While a vocal minority exists that wants the Padres to revert to the brown days of yore, team president Tom Garfinkel recently said there would be no radical changes, and Wednesday that was confirmed.
First, the new logos, courtesy of Dan Hayes:
The logo in the upper left (our left, not stage left) is the Padres' updated primary logo, and it looks sharp, if a little dull. But then I'm not a man of refined taste. It does look like something you'd see on the front of a really boring hockey jersey. The logo up top in the middle is the new secondary logo, and on the right, we see the Padres' original swinging friar logo, updated to today's blue and white.
Now for the uniforms. Here's what the Padres wore last season:
Don't even pretend that you watched a Padres game last season. I watched two so I'm the expert. From Corey Brock, here's what they'll be wearing in 2012:
The idea here is to incorporate a bit more of the Padres' history, so the team has given a nod to the uniforms the Pacific Coast League Padres wore between 1936-1968. There's piping now on the home whites, the road grays, and the alternate blues. The alternate blues feature a new interlocking SD, while the road grays have ditched the bowtie effect. The letters and the numbers on the backs of all four have also been adjusted.
The Padres didn't overhaul their look, but I don't know that they needed to. Obviously blue and white doesn't make for the world's most enchanting combination, but I do think these look pretty good, and while many will disagree, that's just what happens when you're dealing with something as subjective as appearance. These uniforms are fine. They're not the best in baseball, probably, but you're also not going to see any articles titled The Padres' Uniforms Are The Worst Thing Ever, so given the hyperbolic nature of the internet, I think that makes this a win.