O’s Go Back To the Cartoon Bird

Finally! Sweeping change around the Baltimore Orioles!

No, Peter Angelos hasn’t somehow disappeared, to ride out into the sunset as somebody capable or caring takes over the team. Sorry to get your hopes up, Orioles fans. What has happened, however, is a sweeping change in the team’s uniforms: the cartoon bird is back.

Personally, the hat with the realistic oriole that the team has been using since 1989 is one of my favorite caps in the big leagues. But, I know many people, particularly Orioles fans, love this look, one that hearkens back to the days of Brooks Robinson and some other people that probably played for the Orioles or something. And I certainly can’t complain — it’s a good look. Here are a few things I would note:

— The decision to go with the white-panel hat is an interesting one. Until MLB used that style on the trucker hat-esque 2011 patriotic hats, there hadn’t been a white-panel hat used since the old Toronto Blue Jays caps in the 1993 season (no doubt, it is not a coincidence this is the last time the Jays won the World Series).

— Although I loved it with the Jays, I’m not sure I buy it here. For some reason, I think the style goes better with blue than it does with black and orange.

— The orange jersey seen above is a new one and will be used on Saturdays.

— The Orioles will still keep the black jerseys — which I would decry if black wasn’t already a significant part of the color scheme (Marlins, Blue Jays, I’m looking at you), but with Baltimore, I think they look solid.

— Doesn’t Mac from Always Sunny look great in that new getup?

— You can find out a bunch more about this if you go to SportsLogos.net. Chris Creamer knows more about this stuff than, like, anybody. So go there.

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  1. Ethan D says:

    That is ugly

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  2. It’s probably not great news for the Orioles’ chances that I, someone who’s paid to think and write about baseball, don’t recognize by fact the right-most player.

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  3. Kyle says:

    I love the color scheme, and have always loved all variations of the O’s hats. That being said, I’m feeling rather unenthused about going with the cartoon bird full time. It feels like it should be a special occasion, or once weekly type deal.

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  4. mattc says:

    As a Brewers fan, I’ve grown hostile to the fetish for the Ball and Glove retro logo, because the current incarnation of the team is vital and worth appreciating outside of the shadow of nostalgia. But Orioles fans have no hope in the near or medium term for anything but failure. Might as well enjoy the cute birdie.

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  5. Harry says:

    Looks nothing like Mac from always sunny…

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  6. SeanP says:

    I like the orange alternates, but I really just want them to go back to the all-orange jerseys with stirrup socks: http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee238/Jupitertoo2/orioles.jpg

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  7. DB says:

    Interesting to note that the last time the orioles won the world series, they, too, were wearing the white-panel trucker style hats..

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  8. SA says:

    Okay….but who’s the dude on the left?!?!

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