Major League Baseball made an interesting choice for this year’s Players’ Weekend uniforms by asking teams to wear either all-white or all-black numbers for the August 23-25 games.
Judging by the response from social media, those uniforms should have never made it past the prototype stage. As the visiting team at T-Mobile Park in Seattle, the Blue Jays sported monochromatic white uniforms, while the Mariners wore all-black uniforms.
These uniforms elicited a great deal of response from fans, writers, and broadcasters alike, and most was negative feedback. If it seemed the Blue Jays looked like a boy band on the field, they did.
— Eric Rosenhek (@TheHek) August 24, 2019
Or maybe you were expecting them to swing by on an ice cream pedal cart with a freezer full of Bomb Pomps and Drumsticks?
Home uniforms around baseball for players weekend look like they are selling ice cream #goodhumor
— Jeff Nelson (@NYnellie43) August 24, 2019
It almost looks like somebody forgot to add colours to the uniforms and helmets before these things went out to the players.
— Banana Fana Fo Fichette (@Lesley_NOPE) August 24, 2019
These guys could’ve also doubled as cricket players with their all-white numbers.
“Fancy yourself a cricket match?” pic.twitter.com/WbRTBjhEDG
— Ian Hunter (@BlueJayHunter) August 24, 2019
The tradition of door-to-door milk delivery has been dead for decades, but maybe the Blue Jays might look at reviving that time-honoured practice?
— Ben Wagner (@benwag247) August 24, 2019
In theory, it may have been a fresh idea to roll out these monochromatic uniforms, but the uniforms looked awful on the field. The players in white uniforms looked like part of the cleanup crew, while the players in black could have been mistaken for the umpiring crew.
Players' Weekend is fun and all, but this is just a terrible, terrible look.
— Mike Wilner (@Wilnerness590) August 24, 2019
Maybe you like the Players Weekend uniforms, maybe not (personally: nope)
Regardless, uniforms normally serve a practical purpose (home team in white, number/name easy to see,
umps in black are easily distinguished from players)
This weekend, uniforms don't offer those clues
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) August 24, 2019
Even Kristen Smoak, the wife of Blue Jays’ first baseman Justin Smoak (and their daughter) felt the same way about what the Blue Jays wore on the field.
These uni’s are kind of the worst look I’ve ever seen… and this is what my child looked like at dinner tonight pic.twitter.com/CFkKwshabn
— Kristin Smoak (@KristinSmoak) August 24, 2019
Or hey, maybe this was just Major League Baseball’s way of promoting their Field of Dreams game next summer by having half of the teams wear all-white uniforms?
“The Blue Jays look like they just walked out of a corn field to play this game.” – @SNETCampbell Absolutely brilliant.
— Ross Wright (@PeterboroPeeko) August 24, 2019
At the very least, this look translates as evening attire.
The white cap, the long chain, the goatee: Cavan Biggio is every guy waiting in line at a Fox & Fiddle in Richmond Hill. pic.twitter.com/o6EPv1Ocjh
— Drew (@DrewGROF) August 24, 2019
Believe it or not, the Blue Jays and Mariners (and every other team in Major League Baseball) will wear these numbers the entire weekend.