MLB changes color of American flag on Radical All-Star uniforms

Already a bit of a hot topic after being moved from Atlanta to Denver following Georgia’s passage of discriminatory election laws, the 2021 Major League Baseball All-Star Game is once again stirring controversy, albeit for a much more trivial reason.

Leading to much mockery, MLB has unveiled the caps and jerseys players will wear to the annual Midsummer Classic next month at Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies.

As a nod to the state hosting the game, MLB — which has seen a number of uniform failures during Commissioner Rob Manfred’s tenure — outfitted the jerseys with the letters “COL” for Colorado and put a purple star with a mountain design behind the team logos on All-Star hats.

Featuring an oversized club-inspired graphic on the front, the two-button jerseys feature a tally with the number of All-Star Game selections for the player wearing the uniform on the back. As the Rockies host the game, the National League will wear white as their home team while the American League will wear dark blue.

Breaking with tradition, the players will wear the new uniforms during the game itself instead of wearing their standard uniforms during the nine-inning exhibition, according to SportsLogos.Net’s Chris Creamer.

“Unlike the last 90 All-Star Games, these jerseys will actually be worn during the game itself (not during Workout Monday and the Home Run Derby – players will wear their regular caps for these events),” Creamer writes. . “It will sadly end the tradition of seeing all these different clean, crisp, colorful uniforms all lined up on the baseline at player introductions or mound meetings and in annual All-Star team photos. Personally, I also enjoyed seeing my favorite players wearing my favorite team’s uniform on the world stage, so a little disappointing to see this change happening.

In another change, the American flag will no longer be red, white and blue.

Considering all the hate, it’s probably fair to say that MLB took a drastic turn — and it was a solid failure.

Neal T. Doss