The next few days will be pretty busy down at the Rogers Centre. Tomorrow morning, Ross Atkins will be there to officially announce the Jose Bautista contract. On Friday and Saturday, several Toronto Blue Jays players will be back in town for the final leg of the Winter Tour.
It will be the first opportunity for fans to catch up with Blue Jays of old (Devon White, Lloyd Moseby, Scott Downs), but also an opportunity to catch a glimpse of one of the newest Blue Jays: Steve Pearce.
Not only that, but the Blue Jays are ready to reveal an all-new uniform. The Blue Jays sent out a press release today about the details of their final leg of the Winter Tour. However, right in the middle of the press release, they planted one interesting detail: “Blue Jays to unveil a new uniform for 2017 season“.
There have been rumblings all winter about the possibility of a new uniform, but this is the first official word of a brand new uniform set for this upcoming season … or is it?
There was this tweet back in October from Pro Image Pickering which hinted at a new Jays uniform on the horizon.
This sounds pretty plausible; it may very well be the red Canada Day uniform (in the photo at the top of this article) with a slight twist. I can’t imagine the Blue Jays would reinvent the wheel for a whole new uniform set.
Update: This from Chris Creamer of SportsLogos.net – the Blue Jays new uniforms (and caps) will indeed be red.
Source: #BlueJays to unveil new red alternate uniform — cap and jersey both red, on Friday; will be worn for all Sunday home games in 2017.
— Chris Creamer (@sportslogosnet) January 18, 2017
Bringing out the alternate red uniforms for every Sunday home game makes sense; that particularly jersey is incredibly popular and only using it once or twice every season doesn’t give those uniforms very much mileage.
In recent years, the Blue Jays have used the same basic design with slightly different colour schemes. In 2015, the Blue Jays rolled out a red monochromatic version of their home white uniforms … modeled here by Russell Martin.
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) February 28, 2015
My guess (and it’s only a guess) – the uniforms will be similar to this one below; except the white piping will be removed, and the Blue Jays logo itself may be be all-red.
There are only so many variations the Blue Jays can perform to the red alternate uniform, but as I mentioned … don’t expect anything drastic.