Change is in the air in Phoenix as the Arizona Diamondbacks prepare to unveil new uniforms, according to published reports.
The D-Backs, who joined Major League Baseball during its last expansion phase in 1998, adopted a purple and teal color scheme as their original look. The uniform, heavily influenced by original manager (and former New York Yankees manager) Buck Showalter, featured pinstripes and became widely popular among younger fans, primarily after the D-Backs won their lone World Series championship in 2001.
The D-Backs maintained their original identity through the 2006 season, before changing to a red brick color scheme, which did not catch on the way the original had with the fanbase.
Though the D-Backs have reached the postseason twice in the current threads, the lack of recent playoff success coupled with personnel changes made this the proper time to try something different. According to the AZ Central, D-Backs president Derrick Hall and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt had significant input into the new design, planned since midway through the 2014 season.
“This is an exciting time for our franchise as we have a unique opportunity to continue to evolve our uniforms,” Hall said. “We have worked closely with our players for a year and a half to get their input, as well as feedback from fans and some of the top uniform experts in the world.”
“I’m excited to be a part of this transition in 2016,” Goldschmidt said. “It’s been great to be a part of the process over the past year-plus in helping the Diamondbacks come up with uniforms that will look good and keep the tradition of both our franchise and the sport of baseball. As a player, the most important thing we can do is go out and put a winning team on the field.”
The official unveiling of the new uniform set will occur on December 3; those expecting a return to the original color scheme should not hold their breath because the club will likely keep the current colors and logo, according to MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert.