Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros receives congratulations from third base coach Dave Clark after hitting a three-run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
The Astros, soon to be an AL team, are reportedly paying homage to one of their former uniform styles, with an updated look, for 2013.
The Houston Astros, as you know, will be leaving the National League after the 2012 season, after 50 years, and moving to the American League West in 2013.
Throughout their history, the Astros have had numerous color and logo changes on their uniforms, never really settling on one look for more than a few years. During the 2012 season, they've been doing "Flashback Fridays", wearing replicas of uniforms from each era, such as the ones pictured by Jose Altuve and coach Dave Clark in the photo attached to this post.
Now, it appears that those uniforms -- or something very similar to them -- will be the Astros' new look in 2013. Chris Creamer of sportslogos.net has the scoop:
Thanks to an extremely reliable source, SportsLogos.Net News can confirm that the Houston Astros will be changing their colour scheme back to blue and orange for the 2013 season. This information comes on the heels of Astros’ owner Jim Crane saying last week that the new uniforms will be borrowing elements from their past designs but with a modern twist.
The return to blue and orange for the first time in 20 years is just one of the major brand changes planned for the soon-to-be American League club heading into next season.
In addition to the colour scheme making a return, the old cap logo from the 1980s will be back as well, albeit in a modernized form. The logo featured a white H on an orange star and was originally worn from 1965-1993. For 2013, the "H" will be in a different font.
It sounds as if Jim Crane & Co. have hit exactly the right notes in this uniform updating -- paying homage to a past style, while not doing precisely the same thing, as Creamer writes:
These changes all sound very similar to what the Toronto Blue Jays did prior to the current season, a slightly modernized take on their classic club branding. Like the Blue Jays, this marks the end of an experimental era in the Astros team branding which had begun with the blue and gold look of 1994-99 and carried into brick and black from 2000-12.
There's been no official word from the Astros on these changes and there likely won't be for a while; I'd expect them to have an official unveiling of the new style sometime in the fall, as the Blue Jays and Miami Marlins did last offseason.