It was recently reported that the Colorado Rockies will wear throwback uniforms for at least one game in 2018 honoring the White Elephants, Denver’s historic Negro League team. It got me thinking about Colorado’s current uniform iterations and if any one reigned supreme over the others in 2017.
I know, I’m reaching here, but we are almost to Spring Training games and the uniform nerd in me had to do the research and figure this out.
Typically, on a given game day, the starting pitcher chooses what color uniform the team will wear. It makes sense. After all, you need the man on the mound to feel as comfortable and confident as possible. Let’s break it down, first with the options.
- These are the standard home uniforms: White with purple vertical pinstripes and “Rockies” printed on the chest in black and silver lettering. These can only be worn at home.
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The gray is Colorado’s standard road uniform. They are plain gray (pinstripes thankfully haven’t been on road uniforms in a while) with “Colorado” across the chest in purple lettering. These can only be worn on the road.
- Personally, these are my least favorite. The Rockies are the only MLB team who is hanging on to the vest-style uniforms as a primary option, but I digress. These are black vests with silver trim, with “Colorado” on the chest in silver lettering. The players wear black undershirts beneath the vests. They are worn both at home and on the road.
- Ah, the purple, my favorite. Especially after the Rockies switched to a lighter, more vibrant shade before last season. The purple uniforms also have “Colorado” printed on the chest in silver and black lettering. They can be worn both at home and on the road.
- Major League Baseball has done a phenomenal job in recent years, particularly last season, at creating themed alternate uniforms for the entire league that honor holidays such as Mother’s Day (pink lettering/hats), Father’s Day (baby blue lettering/hats), and Memorial Day (camouflage lettering/hats). Also, we all remember Player’s Weekend last August where each team wore special alternate uniforms with players’ nicknames on the back.
Now let’s take a look at how the Rockies performed in each uniform last season and see if any helpful insight can be gleaned. Or unhelpful insight. Whatever, it’ll be fun.