You know what? I don’t think I’m supposed to say anything about my taking over from Bud in January, 2015… But what the heck. I trust you guys, and I know you won’t say anything to anybody… Let’s just keep this between us… our own little blogospherical secret.
Even though I’ve got 15 months before I take over, I’m starting to take notes of things to change. I got one idea on Saturday when I saw highlights of that day’s Angels-Rangers game.
You may ask “Why is Elvis Andrus attempting to slide past his teammate?” Because – despite the red helmet and the red jersey, Chris Iannetta is not his teammate, he’s on the Angels. The Rangers were wearing red jerseys, red caps and white pants, and the Angels were wearing red jerseys, red caps and grey pants. It’s perfectly obvious which team is which, right? Shaaaaaa, right.
Every other major sport has requirements about some sort of color contrast between teams, and I’m going to bring MLB in line with that. The home team declares their uni choices before the beginning of a series, and the visiting team has to pick out clearly different uniforms. I haven’t yet worked out the specific definition of “clearly different”, but I’ve got some time to hash that out.
…and as long as we’re talking about the Angels’ red jerseys – no more red numbers on a red jersey. There has to be a minimum contrast between numbers and jerseys. If I’m sitting in the upper deck, I need to be able to read the uni numers, otherwise what’s the point of having uniform numbers except for the Yankees to retire them?
I’ll be sharing more plans for my Commissionership here in this blog, but if any of you have suggestions – and I know you do – leave me a comment, or write your own post about it and leave me a link. I’d love to know what you’re thinking.
As long as I’m here, let’s take a look at a couple of more customs, shall we? I’d like to have posted at least one custom for every team, so I’ll just throw out a couple of more here…
I stole the red/yellow/grey color combination from 1974 Topps Indians cards, and I have to say, I really like the way it looks. I’ll probably do something similar for my 2014 TSR customs (although not necessarily for the Indians).