After just one season, the Arizona Diamondbacks are retiring the egregiously weird uniforms pictured above in favor of a style that does not make it look as if the players’ legs have been dipped in blood.
The team unveiled minor changes to their uniforms yesterday, per the Arizona Republic, eliminating the gradient coloration on the bottom of the pants and extending the racing stripe on the side of the pants all the way up to the hip. That last year’s uniforms were unpopular was no secret (“other players will kind of mock us,” manager Chip Hale said in June), and though the team’s front office was shortsighted enough to think the uniforms were a good idea in the first place, they were apparently not blind to the criticism.
“We knew about a month into the season that we were going to end up making these changes,” CEO Derrick Hall told the Republic.
Hall went on to admit that the pants looked way better on a computer screen than on an actual baseball player, and they couldn’t correct it until it was too late: “Once you have it approved and you’re already manufacturing, you’re stuck for the year. We wanted to get to this offseason so we could make the changes.”
Though the dotted dip-dye is gone for good, the other changes from last year are intact, including this pairing of red and way-too-dark-to-go-with-this-red gray...
...and the fact that teal, one of the best uniform colors and one deserving of a starring role, is only a minor accent to an already-busy dark gray and red combo.
Take solace in the fact that Paul Goldschmidt looks good in just about anything.