AL East Retro Party

The Blue Jays will go back to featuring blue as their primary color when play begins in 2012.

I know I’m very late to this party, but with football winding down and no more crazy Maryland football uniforms to discuss, it’s time to look at a few changes made in baseball over the offseason.

We’ll start with the AL East where the Orioles and Blue Jays have decided to turn back the clock in their uniforms for the upcoming 2012 season. In both instances, there are slight variations and the looks get the Style Points seal of approval.

The Blue Jays have ditched the space-age type look they employed in recent times to use this more retro look.

Tornoto had chosen to use a retro look for select home games recently, but these new permanent uniforms. The biggest difference here are the hats. The thick white stripe (if you can even call it a stripe) in the front of the hat will not be featured next season, but the same logo will be used.

The logo on the uniform will also move from the middle of the jersey to the side, making it look cleaner and more organized.

Overall, this is a very smart move by the Blue Jays. The black and silver look just never felt right. They are called the Blue Jays afterall, and the return of blue as the primary color is definitely a welcome change.

The Orioles will introduce a new orange alternate and a retro hat for home games this upcoming season.

Meanwhile, the Orioles have gone retro as well.

For a while, catcher Matt Wieters has featured a retro catching helmet. The one with the white middle and the cartoon oriole featured as the logo. I always thought it was really neat he was allowed to go that and now the rest of the Orioles can.

For home games, Baltimore will go back to the white and black hats with the cartoon bird, and for road games, they will go with a neat black hat with an orange bill that features this cartoon bird logo.

The road hat is my favorite because it combines the retro hat with the black hat that was used with the actual oriole in recent years.

Both of these changes should make play in the AL East very interesting this season, considering these two teams haven’t actually contended for a division title in the past decade.

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Baseball Basics

Brandon Inge did well and looked good while doing it with a home run in Game 4 of the ALCS on Wednesday. Photo by Getty Images

As the baseball playoffs get closer and closer to the World Series, two of the teams remaining (at least as of 4 p.m. on Thursday) sport a classic look that has some variance depending on where they play.

I’m talking about the Tigers and Cardinals.

The astute observer notices that these teams go beyond the typical white/gray when playing at home or on the road, and it’s fantastic.

We’ll start with the Tigers. When at home, they have one of the nicest uniforms in baseball. The Detroit logo on one side of the chest is very simple. The dark blue trim on the uniform that goes throughout the body is also a very nice detail that gives the uniform a nice classic look.

Meanwhile, when the Tigers take their show on the road, the uniforms changes dramatically. In fact, it even introduces a totally new color in a very prominent way .. orange.

First, the hat changes from a white Detroit logo to an orange one. Then the logo goes away on the chest, and it is replaced by a cursive Detroit, since they are on the road. It is almost a complete change from the home uniform, but works well since it is a road jersey.

Then there is the Cardinals. I would go as far to say their home uniforms might be the best in the National League. The red hats along with the cardinals on the bats, makes for an extremely stellar look. The entire look is classic and looks great against the red background of Busch Stadium.

The birds on the bats across the chest is also a very nice and classic look. Keith Herandez always lets Mets fans know how much he loves this look on SNY broadcasts all season.

When going on the road, the Cardinals make a slight, but very noticeable change to their uniforms. They keep the birds on the bat and the red numbers on a gray uniform. However, the hat changes to a dark blue with a red St. Louis logo.

I really enjoy the contrast of the blue against the red numbers and lettering on the road uniforms. Theses classic looks are what make baseball special, and I will say I am hoping we have a rematch of the 2006 World Series by next week.