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I’m about a week late to the party, but the Toronto Star got the inside scoop on a uniform revamp for the Blue Jays next season. It was rumoured about earlier this year, and now it appears a change is definitely in the works.
Back in early April, I took a crack at a hybrid merging old and new Blue Jays logos, and even more changes could be in the works with the club hoping to make the Blue Jays uniforms more Canadian.
Aside from plastering an Anne Murray album cover on the jerseys, I’m curious to see how the Blue Jays are going to accomplish that … aside from reverting to the Canada Day red jerseys.
So the Toronto Star asked for submissions from readers for new Blue Jays jersey designs, some of them could be legit Blue Jays uniforms, others were just straight up comical (the Bret Hart and lumberjack ones were my favourite).
Now that the “Man in White” scandal and the Brett Lawrie Express calmed down a little bit, I had a chance to play around with a couple of Blue Jays uniform ideas.
I’ll be up front with you guys; my favourite all-time Blue Jays uniform is the navy blue 1994-1996 alternate. It always holds a soft spot in my heart because my parents bought me that jersey when I was a kid, yet I couldn’t fit into it until I grew up.
Also, the Blue Jays just recently came out with a special Roberto Alomar shirt for his induction into Cooperstown, which I thought looked very sharp and thought it would be great as an official jersey.
Naturally, this design was inspired by that iconic jersey and the Roberto Alomar Cooperstown shirt. Essentially it’s just three slight variations of one prototype, but have a look below and let me know what you think.
All three feature the classic Blue Jays font piping, because in my opinion there is no font in the world that is as elegant as this one.
This design takes that hybrid old bird/new bird logo and places it in the middle of the jersey like the powder blues. I changed the colour to that navy blue because as I previously mentioned, I just love that colour for the Blue Jays.
It might be a bit too much blue going making it a little on the monochromatic side, but I think it actually works pretty well. It also somewhat ups the Canadian content on the jerseys by having the maple leaf front and centre.
The second draft forgoes the logo on the front of the uniform entirely, and this one instead puts the player’s number on the right side of the jersey.
Typically, the Blue Jays have not stitched player’s numbers on the front of their uniforms, and the only Blue Jays jersey to feature that was from the dreaded “T-Bird” era from 1997-2003.
This one is perhaps my favourite; instead of the arched text, I decided to keep it straight across the uniform. And to get a little more Canadiana in there, we have the maple leaf underneath the player’s number.
Feel free to vote on your favourite design and let know your thoughts in the comments below. Or if you have any ideas for tweaks on these designs or completely new ones, suggestions are always welcome.