Ever since the Blue Jays completely overhauled their uniforms in November of 2011, not much has changed. They’ve added special one-off caps and uniforms, but for the most part it’s been white home uniforms, away greys and alternate blues, all with a blue cap.
In 2015, the Blue Jays brought back a staple from their old uniforms; the white panel cap. The addition of this cap was so well-received, that the Blue Jays opted to bring them out yet again in 2016. Now it appears that white panel cap will be worn even more frequently than ever before.
The Blue Jays chose to sport those white panel caps in their Home Opener against the Milwaukee Brewers. But there was one twist; the Blue Jays have white panel helmets again!
The Jays even have white panel helmets, too. pic.twitter.com/gag0dxz0UR
— Ian Hunter (@BlueJayHunter) April 11, 2017
It’s a subtle change, but a noticeable one; one which is welcomed with open arms. Of course, the white panel cap and helmet was a staple in the Toronto Blue Jays uniform set from 1977 to 1993.
Hat tip to Minor Leaguer for noticing the Blue Jays’ latest white panel helmets are a slight alteration on the 70’s/80’s/90’s era helmets.
New Blue Jays helmet's white panel extends from top straight down to visor, first era of white panel helmets slanted backwards. pic.twitter.com/j5WElIdb2h
— Minor Leaguer (@Minor_Leaguer) April 11, 2017
The Blue Jays haven’t worn white panel helmets since the days of “Flashback Fridays” in 2009 when the Blue Jays brought back their signature powder blue uniform set.
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The trend in baseball these days is the matte helmet or even the 3D raised logo, and this is the Blue Jays’ answer to those helmet innovations. The white panel is a welcome change and hopefully the Blue Jays will wear these new helmets and caps more often than not.