When it comes to logos and uniforms, Major League Baseball is in a good state. It’s impressive when you consider that there are 30 teams across the two leagues and there isn’t a team that really has a look that could be considered ugly or tacky. Part of that is due to a lot of baseball teams rectifying their wrongs from the 1990s and 2000s and more teams just sticking to a good look that hasn’t steered them wrong for decades on in.
That’s where the Atlanta Braves come in. The Braves have basically had the same look for their home-and-away uniforms since the 1987 season and their 14-season dominance of their division from 1991 onward has somewhat guaranteed that their primary uniforms will remain the same for the foreseeable future. Sports teams (and baseball teams in particular) don’t like to mess with a good thing and if certain uniforms are associated with success, then they’ll keep them around for as long as possible.
So that’s what made it intriguing to see what the Braves would come up with when it came to an announced “refresh” of their uniform set. While the home-and-away set of uniforms for the Braves are about as good as you can get in baseball, their alternate uniforms have often been hit-or-miss. Atlanta previously experimented with an alternate red jersey, but they shelved it after just a handful of seasons. They’ve also had a navy blue road alternate jersey that they had worn since the 2008 season but that uniform had its fair share of drawbacks as well — mainly due to the fact that the uniform failed to utilize red and simply used navy blue and white for everything.
Fortunately, the Braves decided that it was time to give all of their uniforms a bit of touching-up and their alternate uniforms received the most love. The red jersey is back and this time, the piping is such that it almost blends into the red background and allows the primary script logo on the chest to be the focal point of the entire jersey. Speaking of red, the color finally makes a prominent appearance on the navy blue alternate. The formerly blue “Atlanta” script is now red and that goes for the tomahawk and numbers as well. With the addition of some silver piping, the details of the uniform are now allowed to shine through on the rest of the uniform, instead of just being drowned in a pool of navy blue.
— Kelsey Wingert (@KelsWingert) January 19, 2019
The big changes on the alternate jerseys coincided with small changes elsewhere, such as the “Atlanta” script on both road jerseys being slightly tweaked in order to bring more consistency to the team’s visual identity. Chris Creamer of sportslogos.net detailed the changes over on his website and while the changes probably won’t be noticeable from a distance, it’s the type of thing that can be appreciated up close and when you compare it to what the “old” look was like.
Atlanta #Braves unveil “refreshed” uniforms for 2019
— Chris Creamer (@sportslogosnet) January 19, 2019
While these changes probably won’t shake baseball’s uniform foundations to the core in a similar manner to how the Miami Marlins underwent huge changes, it’s the type of change that makes sense for most baseball teams. There are plenty of red-white-and-blue teams across baseball’s landscape and while that likely won’t be changing any time soon, it’s good to see teams trying to put their own unique stamp on the color scheme. While you could probably compare Atlanta’s red alternate to Boston’s red alternate and the Braves’ blue alternate could be compared to blue jerseys that Cleveland has worn in the past, it’s at least admirable that Atlanta tried to improve their own set for consistency’s sake.
— Kellen (@KellenCaruso) January 19, 2019
Either way, we all could use some tidying up here-and-there and the Braves clearly decided to tidy up their look in a way.