Open Thread: Batting practice hats

Sayonara Kid: Hideki Matsui calls it a career
Yankees add Don Wakamatsu to scouting staff

Every few years all 30 MLB teams redesign their Spring Training/batting practice hat(s), and Paul Lukas at Uni Watch got his hands on the new versions set to debut next spring. The Yankees’ new lids are above, but those are just the home hats. The road hats have a gray bill and button. I’m not sure if I dig the whole two-tone hat/brim thing, but that’s the theme this time around. The Astros, Brewers (particularly the alternate), Reds, and Royals get a thumbs up from me, the Yankees just a “meh.” Not sure how someone actually gave those Braves hats the green light in 2012. They’ll generate an angry email or two.

Here is your open thread for the night. There’s no NFL game and neither of the basketball locals are playing, so you’re on your own for entertainment. Anything goes, so have at it.

Sayonara Kid: Hideki Matsui calls it a career
Yankees add Don Wakamatsu to scouting staff
  • Countryclub

    Davidoff tweeted that Yanks hired Don Wakamatsu as a scout.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    If the brim is supposed to grey, I have no problem with it. Are they going to be New Era style, or the stretchy, curved brim style (wtf?)?

  • Craig

    If the Braves will face controversy over their old logo, the Indians should year in and year out as well.

    My favorite BP cap is probably Philly’s (done well, really simple), and I’m not too sure where Colorado is going with theirs. The Mets did a solid job with Mr. Met as well.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Are the hats New Era style?

  • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

    Not trying to be PC but something doesn’t seem right when the Braves can have a cap with a red faced Indian plastered on the front meanwhile Ronan Tynan has been essentially banned from YS3 for making an joke about Jewish women.

    • Gary

      It is time to forgive Ronan Tynan and move on.

  • RetroRob

    Old is better.

    The white color on the home hats is pretty bad. The gray on the road caps is better, but even that doesn’t work to me.

  • Matt Montero

    I’m a huge fan of the retro look for the Brewers caps, probably my favorite.

    • Jacob

      Me too, I think they should g back to those old uniforms for good, ala orioles/jays

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Jim Bowden floated by a few ridiculous trade ideas:

    Profar, Olt, and Perez for Stanton and Nolasco

    CarGo for Rosenthal, Jay and Shelby Miller

    Upton for Bogaerts, Barnes, and Brandon Jacobs

    They’d be fun and make Madden sense but I don’t see any happening. Speaking of trades, I wonder what a guy like Willingham or Plouffe would cost.

    • Laz

      Aside from the Cargo one they aren’t that ridiculous. That is the set price for trades.

      • jesse

        I wouldn’t give up that much for CarGo.

      • jesse

        Oops, I misread your post. Disregard.

  • Austin Aunelowitzky

    Just sitting here biding my time while the Yanks seem content to go off the Fiscal Cliff…

    • JobaWockeeZ

      If it means a better future than having only a high 80 win team isn’t the worst thing. Even if Cashman did something the same problems would resurface in a couple years.

      Besides the AL East is nothing like it once was. Maybe there’s more parity but with parity comes a lack of greatness.

      • jjyank

        “Even if Cashman did something the same problems would resurface in a couple years.”

        I tend to agree with this. I’m not accepting that the Yankees won’t contend, even with the new budget, but staying away from free agents that could burden the team in 2-3 years seems like a prudent strategy, given the current roster construction.

        I am all for what seems to be the current strategy: find the best band aids possible and hope the farm pans out. Giving Ichiro a second year slightly hampers that in my opinion, but it’s not a huge deal. But patching things up with Pettitte, Kuroda, Youkilis, and scrap heapers like Eppley, Rapada, Diaz, etc. to buy time to see what we really have in Williams, Heathcott, Sanchez, Austin, Banuelos, Campos, DePaula, etc. makes a lot of sense to me.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Budget limits or not, this franchise was going to have to find its identity again right at the middle of this decade once what was left of the core moved towards retirement. Absolutely agree.

    • pat

      Cutting back on spending is going off the Fiscal Cliff?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        The Keynesian approach to baseball management.

        • Milt Toast

          Cutting spending would be Hayek’s approach not Keynes.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            ….and knowing is half the battle.

            I’ll stick to dick jokes.

      • Austin Aunelowitzky

        Indeed. Going off the Fiscal Cliff means big Tax Increases for everyone and Huge Budget cuts as well. Baseball equivalent is increase in prices for seats (driven by no longer doing business with StubHub) and cutting the payroll. Sound familiar?

  • MannyGeee

    I really like the Astros and Brewers Throwback caps.

  • Jacob

    Thank you based god, I hated the old hats tbh

  • DERP

    Anyone have any thoughts on the new Fangraphs layout?

    • Laz

      Don’t like. I like having all important links at top, not spread all over and junk in the middle.

    • Grit for Brains

      neg train

  • trr

    anything to squeeze a few more bucks from the fans

    • Steve (different one)

      Never understood comments like this. Pretty simple: don’t buy the hat.

  • pat

    Ken Tremendous shout out on 30 Rock right now, hah.

  • KeithK

    Getting rid of the stupid striping on the hats is a big win. But then, why oh why can’t they just wear their regular caps for batting practice?

    • Laz

      I like it because teams get to try different style logos/caps out, and see how they work.

      • jjyank

        Yeah, and it gives fans something else to buy/wear if they want something different. Every Yankee fan and his/her mother has a navy blue cap with the white NY logo. It’s nice to have something different to wear. Hell, I jumped all over the 1912 throwback caps they did last year. I wear that more often than my regular one, just because I like a different look.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Yup. Happens everywhere. My dad still rocks a bright orange Dolphins Chris Chambers jersey.

          • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula

            Your father is violating rule number 6.


            • Robinson Tilapia

              He frequently violates #’s 1, 2, 4, and 10 as well.

            • jjyank

              “By wearing a jersey, you are waiving your rights to any sexual activity for the evening. No woman in history has ever said, ‘Oooh, that guy wearing the jersey of another man! That’s hot!'”

              Um, false. I’ve gotten laid twice when at a college party with my Cano jersey on.

              Most of those “rules” are rather stupid, to be honest.

              • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula

                Then maybe you should put it back on and head over to GWU. Sounds like you need to get laid.

                I actually thought the one about a guy 100 lbs overweight wearing a DeSean Jackson jersey was pretty funny.

                • jjyank

                  They weren’t all stupid. Just most.

                  And to be clear, I never got laid because of a jersey. But it’s insanely ridiculous to claim that you forfeit sexual activity by wearing one.

                  • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula

                    I’m pretty sure they were written tongue in cheek rather than rules to live by.

                    I don’t particularly like Rick Reilly but thought this was mildly amusing.

                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    Yes, but he wrote in “‘s fibula” in magic marker on the back of his jersey. That’s poon repellant.

                    • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

                      Looking back, wearing the matching pants and spikes didn’t help either.

            • Jacob

              Some of them were funny but overall it sounded like a man who was always left without a jersey when he was a child and so he forever hated jerseys. “It is like wearing a band t-shirt of the band you are going to see, it is much cooler to wear a different band” that makes no sense!

              • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula

                That one didn’t make sense to me either.

        • JohnnyDaMan

          Same here I jump on unique Yankee hats, bought the 1912 as soon as it went online, and I love collecting hats with side patches.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Astros, A’s, Brewers alternate (love the old-school logo), Mets, assymetric Rays are my favorites.

    The Yankees design bores me to tears, but at least it’s not that vomit-inducing Marlins design.

    • dalelama

      Like this team the caps are boring,

      • jjyank

        Your terrible trolling is getting boring.

      • Get Phelps Up

        You use a period, not a comma, to signal the end of a sentence.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Permission slip, please?

      • MannyGeee

        Like your grammar, your trolling sucks ass.

  • Matt :: Sec110

    I would have just done the all navy hat, I assume they’ll be made out of the same fabric as the previous BP caps, so it won’t be exactly like the game caps.

    I’m actually surprised all the teams aren’t wearing grapefruite/catcus league 2013 ST patches on the left side.

  • LitFig

    I like most of the BP caps and hope they use some of them in games.

    I know the Braves and Indians have to tread lightly with the Native American logos, but I like the Braves caps. Still love the standard “A” caps.

    The Yankee one is boring, but the Yankees logo has always been simple and boring. It adds a certain charm I suppose.

  • LitFig

    As long as the rid themselves of those wack ass spring training/BP caps of the past few years, I’m good with it.

  • pete

    Bp hats from last year only 9.95 on