I tried to think of a catchy subject line, but I couldn’t think of anything involving “Astros” or “Houston” that wasn’t along the lines of “Ruh-roh” or “We Have A Problem”… And we most definitely do not have a problem . I like the new uniforms; they’re an improvement over what they’ve had over the past 20 years. Perhaps what I appreciate the most is that they’ve returned to traditional colors… No more brick red and sand colors, the Astros should use orange and navy blue. I’m also very happy that they returned to the Block ‘H’ On A Star logo… Classic Astros.
Aside from the home and road uniforms I’ve got pictured here, there’s also an orange alternate jersey and a navy BP jersey. The BP jersey is interesting because the side panels are done up in the style of the 1970’s Rainbow/Tequila Sunrise jerseys. I couldn’t find a good picture of them, otherwise I would’ve highlighted them here. I wouldn’t say I like the BP jerseys, but I definitely appreciate them and the efforts to echo Astros history.
While I like the uniforms, I do think they could use a little… something. I don’t know what. To me they’re just a shade too generic, as if they’d passed through one focus group too many. I’m not a huge fan of the font used for the jerseys, I would’ve preferred something a little more like the font used on the “Shooting Star” jersey… or even the “Tequila Sunrise” jersey. Serifed block letters is a little too “classic”, a little too safe. I don’t know, maybe that’s what Houston fans prefer. The Astros history is full of highly-stylized uniforms, perhaps the people of Houston said “Enough with the styling!!!”
For those of you who are wondering, George Springer was a 1st round pick in 2011. Baseball America rated him as the Astros’ #3 prospect entering 2012, behind Jonathan Singleton and Jarred Cosart. All three came from the Arizona Fall League to serve as models at the unveiling. Carlos Correa, the first-overall draft pick in 2012, was also there.
I still have some nit-picky uni-nerd comments to make, but for those of you who don’t care about the details, I’m going to get all “Fuji” on you and leave you with two questions…
What do you think of the Astros new uniforms?
Which teams do you think should change their uniforms?
…alright, uni-nerds! Here’s a bit more of my scintillating insight…
These uniforms are very good, but they could’ve been classic. Last year the Blue Jays did a fantastic job of taking their traditional look and updating it in an appealing and distinctive way. You can’t expect that out of everybody, but I would’ve liked to have seen something along those lines here. Rather than updating their classic look, the Astros are almost “backdating” their look… Made it more retro than it ever was.
While I don’t have a problem with the “Headspoon” look – I’m not sure what the real name is for the piping that goes up the jersey, around the neck and back down the jersey – it’s verging on overdone (and I suppose some might say that it’s already overdone). Off the top of my head, it’s used by the Braves, Nationals, Mets (road/home alt), Reds (home/alt), Giants (road), Rockies (road), Padres, Red Sox (home), Rays, Indians, Tigers, Twins (blue alt), A’s (yellow alt), Mariners and now the Astros. That’s half the Majors which use it as a design element.
It’s funny… A couple of years ago, I think it may have just been the Giants with orange alternate jerseys, now we have the Giants, Orioles, Marlins and Astros. Not a complaint, just an observation.
Again, don’t get me wrong, I do like these uniforms… I’m just mildly disappointed because they could’ve been classic but fell a little bit short. Maybe they’ll introduce some tweaks for next year.