A swing and a miss.
MLB All-Star Game uniforms oftentimes have some kind of tie-in to the town in which its played. Or, at least, it used to be that way.
This year, MLB and Nike paired up for new All-Star Game unis and they look like they were ripped from a late 1800s game of polo, with a middle-school student slapping some generic clipart font on the front with team abbreviation.
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According to Chris Creamer of SportsLogos.Net, the uniforms will be worn during the All-Star Game, while players uniforms of their natural team will be worn during the Home Run Derby.
The hats, on the other hand, are fine, utilizing the purple (Purple Mountain’s Majesty, and all) on the star highlighting the team logo on the front.
This year’s All-Star Game shifts from Atlanta, Ga. to Colorado after MLB pulled out amid the introduction of Georgia’s controversial new voter laws, which many see as a clear attempt at voter supression.
MLB fans and analysts alike took to the Tweet machine on Thursday to crack jokes and voice their displeasure with the uniforms:
Of course, these are all terrible. MLB continues to be laughably, embarrassingly bad at knowing its audience. It’s basically performance art, but I suppose I can respect the commitment to the bit. https://t.co/f220P3yR9K
— Jason Foster (@ByJasonFoster) June 24, 2021
Ugh. One of the cool things about the MLB All-Star Game is that the players would wear their own jerseys. It’s such a small, small thing, but thanks, Manfred. https://t.co/hJD9qihLxs
— Geoff Magliocchetti (@GeoffJMags) June 24, 2021