One of the best things that happened last season (you know besides having a full 162-game schedule) was the release of MLB Series City Connect Jerseys. In an area where the NBA and NHL outshine MLB and the NFL for that matter, it was refreshing to see baseball get in on the fun with the new Nike sponsorship for jerseys shifting over from Majestic in 2019. Thankfully, Nike has extended the release and the even better news is that the Colorado Rockies will be getting their very own City Connect jersey.
UPDATE: The jersey has been released. Check out our article and the look here.
The first seven clubs to receive the Nike Connect treatment were the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, San Francisco Giants, Miami Marlins, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Los Angeles Dodgers.
While it was weird to see the Red Sox not wear any red, the White Sox with their black pinstripe jerseys with the Southside emblem sprawled across the chest were clear standouts.
So were the Marlins’ red pinstriped unis harkening back to the Cuban Havana Sugar Kings which were a Cincinnati Reds Triple-A affiliate in the late 1950s through 1960.
This year, there will be an additional seven clubs that will get new City Connect jerseys, including the Colorado Rockies.
They’ve started off incredibly strong with the release of the Washington Nationals. They pay homage to the nation’s capital and its stunning cherry blossoms which many are located in the National Mall.
Even though the blossoms will likely all be gone when these jerseys will come out, no one else has pink uniforms outside mothers day. The originality is what makes this series so great. These Nats jerseys are already near the top of the City Connect list.
Here is the full list of release dates for this year’s teams.
City Connect On-Field Debut Schedule
- Washington Nationals: April 9
- Houston Astros: April 20
- Kansas City Royals: April 30
- Colorado Rockies: June 4
- Los Angeles Angels: June 11
- Milwaukee Brewers: June 24
- San Diego Padres: July 8
Hopefully, the Rockies will have much better uniforms than the jerseys that were released for the All-Star festivities. To be fair, they didn’t have much time to change them after the games were moved from Atlanta at the beginning of the season.
The Rockies have needed a uniform change for probably more than a decade (that’s a topic for another article.) So it will be nice to see a little mix-up, kind of like what the Little League Classic jerseys brought us with Rockies nicknames on the back.
What kind of jerseys would you like to see? Would they bring a green jersey kind of like the 1998 All-Star Game jerseys when Ken Griffey, Jr. won the Home Run Derby with a nod to our friends at Purple Row?
Would they make a neon jersey alluding to all the various drinks available to the best bar in Denver, aka the Rooftop?
Or would they bring in jerseys paying homage to the original Colorado Rockies who played in the NHL were originally the Kansas City Scouts and eventually moved on to New Jersey to become the Devils in 1982? The goal will be to beat these Turn Ahead the Clock beauties. Good luck with that Nike. June 4 can’t come soon enough.