2013 AL Central Batting Practice Caps and Uniforms

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Major League Baseball and New Era are set to unveil their latest league-wide batting practice cap re-design in the coming weeks and we’re taking an in-depth look at the new batting practice caps for each team in 2013 here at SportsLogos.Net going through one division at a time.

The American League’s Central Division. The only division in all of MLB in which every member has won the World Series. Quite a proud tradition amongst it’s teams and several members went back to the past in order to create their BP caps. We will show you the caps, the jerseys, the past inspirations or closest matches, as well as what the team wore last year. Our images will even show you the past decade of batting practice caps for each team, ever since they started releasing a new edition every couple of years.

 

KANSAS CITY ROYALS

The Royals have a light blue cap with a light grey front panel. It features their traditional KC logo.

2013 BP Batting Practice Kansas City Royals - BP hat

Quite interesting, as they have been pretty dedicated to the solid, darker blue cap of late.  They wore a cap with a grey top and a blue bill in 1995. That style looks quite similar to today’s from the front, though the 2013 edition will be blue on the sides and rear.

2013 BP Batting Practice Kansas City Royals - 1995

Kansas City’s grey crown for road games in 1995

It remains to be seen if the blue is as light as pictured, though it is certainly a lighter tone than the navys that abound in the other cap images. Here is hoping its the actual baby blue instead of royal. Though, with that name, how do you not make everything royal? In fact, these images also make it a little bit difficult to ascertain the difference between a light grey and white. Based on the white trademark and the outline of the logo, we feel confident calling these grey.

2013 BP Batting Practice Kansas City Royals - 2012 BP

Last years Royals BP look

Last year, the Royals wore royal blue batting practice caps with light grey side stripes on the bills. Only small tweaks were made between previous editions, mostly centered around sandwiching and piping.

2013 BP Batting Practice Kansas City Royals - BP jersey

Like most all the other teams, the BP uniforms stay the same, but the whole set really has a new feel with the light-grey-front caps.

 

CLEVELAND INDIANS

The Indians made one of the least noticeable changes in the league in their BP hats. Simply reversing the color scheme, and sporting red caps with navy bills and a navy C. Same as their primary logo and BP hats of the recent past.

2013 BP Batting Practice Caps - Cleveland Indians BP

It has been covered before, when they changed to the letter C, but this is a historical look for the Indians.

2013 BP Batting Practice Caps - Cleveland Indians 1982

The original Indians block ‘C’ back in 1982

Cleveland wore the navy hat, red brim, with a red C and white outline. (Say Hi to Bert Blyleven.) That’s the origination of the block C, so here it is on the BP hat. Those looking for excitement are going to have to get theirs from the red.

2013 BP Batting Practice Caps - Cleveland Indians 2012 BP

The piping-filled mess that was the Indians ’12 BP look

In 2012 the Indians took to the field in Spring Training and in batting practice with the inverse, navy hat, red brim. Oh, and some needless goofy piping that doesn’t line up with any existing seams.

2013 BP Batting Practice Caps - Cleveland Indians jersey

 

Again, the batting practice jerseys are largely the same — they have removed that swatch of red around the collar and shoulders, but are now topped with the red caps with the blue bills.

 

DETROIT TIGERS

Tigers fans not only have an interesting design to look forward to, but two different BP caps listed as Home and Away. The home is quite a departure for the Tigers, sporting a white front panel on the otherwise navy cap. We couldn’t find any evidence of a white front cap in our research for the Tigers, so this is quite a unique look for the 100+ year old franchise.

2013 BP Batting Practice Detroit Tigers - hat home

The classic Detroit D is still in effect, in matching navy, making this a two tone hat.

Last year, the Tigers wore their BP hat, all navy with the league templated striping.

2013 BP Batting Practice Detroit Tigers - 2012 BP

2012 Detroit Tigers BP cap, the club typically wears their regular game jerseys for Spring Training

The white piping did coincide well with the navy piping on their white jerseys. A reversal of colors from top to jersey.

2013 BP Batting Practice Detroit Tigers - jerseys

The Detroit baseball team will continue to mix a classic look with many color combinations in 2013, with two batting practice jerseys, one navy with white, the other for the road in navy with orange outlined in white.

Their road cap will push bounds even further, sporting an all-grey crown, navy bill, and a navy D outlined in orange. Again, no evidence we can find of a grey cap in their modern past, so something new for Tigers fans. New hat color? Two BP jerseys and two BP hats? Nothing “snoozer” about that!

 

MINNESOTA TWINS

In what could perhaps be the first time of a professional team following the design of one of their players personal gear, the Twins have a navy cap, with a white front.

2013 BP Batting Practice Minnesota twins - hat

The red bill and navy sides and back match the TC Twin Cities logo. The white panel, whether intentional or not, almost directly copies Joe Mauer’s catching helmet he has been wearing for a couple years now.

2013 BP Batting Practice Minnesota twins - Joe Mauer catching helmet

Joe Mauer’s white-panel helmet, worn over the last several seasons

He only wears it under his catching mask and sports the normal navy hard hat when at bat. But this is the only place we could find a white front twins cap. The TC is common, and they have worn navy and red iterations, but this white front panel seems to be a first. Suddenly, Mauer’s catching helmet will blend right in to the BP gear.

2013 BP Batting Practice Minnesota twins - Smalley 1976

Here is the Twins’ TC on red cap from 1976, the new road BP for 2013 cap is of the same design

During the 2012 season, the batting practice caps looks almost like a precursor to this year’s. Same navy base, same red brim, same TC logo. Just slap a white front panel and correct the T color, and you’ve got this years. Well, after you resew to get that piping off of it.

2013 BP Batting Practice Cap Minnesota twins - 2011 Buxton

Minnesota’s 2012 BP cap

2013 BP Batting Practice Minnesota twins - uniform

Another team with a second BP hat, the Twins also add last year’s cap, but with the inverse colors. The BP jerseys stay the same.

 

CHICAGO WHITE SOX

Another team to add to the list of those who dipped into their past, but stayed familiar and classic. The Southsiders went with a traditional black cap, with a grey bill.

2013 BP Batting Practice Cap Chicago White Sox - hat

It’s a return to the grey bills the club had worn for Spring games from 1999-2006

2013 BP Batting Practice Chicago White Sox - Frank Thomas - 1999

The Big Hurt with grey bill White Sox BP cap in 1999

Though, perhaps not really an important release as the Sox are not known for breaking out their BP caps often, if at all. In fact, like the Boston Red Sox our research team came up with a big goose-egg when looking for photographic evidence of the team wearing their offical BP hat in 2012.

2013 BP Batting Practice Cap Chicago White Sox - jersey

Black jerseys with silver/grey side panels will be matched quite nicely with the grey billed black caps… if they actually wear them on the field.

Thusly closes the AL Central. You can check out our 2013 MLB BP Preview guide here to find the other divisions in the league and their plans for BP-wear in the new year.

Let us know what you think of all the selections. Also, feel free to point out anything we may have missed or forgotten. You are always more of an expert in the history of your favorite team than anyone covering all the teams in most of the sports, so be kind, but let us know if we screwed up!

 

2013 MLB Batting Practice Cap and Uniform Guides:
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  • http://www.thebeaverpond.com Millsy

    For some reason, I seem to remember the Twins using that type of batting helmet in the ate 70s and early to mid 80s.

  • matt

    Millsy is right they didu se that has batting helmet back when rod Carew played for them. i remember seeing a baseball card of him wearing there road uniform that helmet. that half to between 1967-1978. its a toops card, but all i can be sure of.

  • Aaron

    I wouldn’t have minded the Tigers using the D and tiger logo on one of their BP caps (road) and the White Sox using their diamond and white sock logo for their BP caps. I see most teams using their sleeve logos on the BP caps.

  • cm62198

    I think the twins should add an alt with Minni and Paul on it.

    • Aaron

      Not a bad idea, but for batting practice only.

      • cm62198

        Yah that’s what I was thinking everybody’s wearing jersey patch logos on their BP caps so I think the twins should have one too.

  • Mingjai

    “In what could perhaps be the first time of a professional team following the design of one of their players personal gear, the Twins have a navy cap, with a white front.”

    Weren’t the Rangers Statue of Liberty third jerseys based on goalie Mike Richter’s mask design?

  • Kai

    The Royals’ new hat looks like it has the same front panel as the Tigers’ home and Twins’ home, both of which are white, so I think the Royals’ is white as well.

    • Eli

      I agree. The Royals’ front panel is the same color as the Twins’ and the Tigers’ front panels. The Royals will not be sporting a grey front panel, nor will their hat be light blue. It’s royal and white.

  • Alex

    KC – like it, even though i think they should have used some baby blue in it, tragedy they got away from it.

    DET – I like the white panel, and at least the D’s will match on the unis, unlike their road unis

    CWS – love it. love the grey

    CLE – never really liked the C logo, im a fan of chief wahoo but i understand why they try to stay away

    MIN – i dig them. i like the white panel more though

  • A. Smith

    The day they bring back pullovers is the day I’m buying a practice jersey. These all look like flashy mess. The caps are hit and miss, although I do like the CWS cap.

  • ingmar66

    I like them all, especially since the ugly piping on the bill is gone. And these are genuine 59fifties, with a high crown, hurray!

  • Jj

    Again, ruins anychance of me gettina Sox batting pratice uniorm.

  • Aaron

    The current C cap the Indians currently wear should be relegated to the BP caps or just an alternate cap.

  • http://Diamond-Uniforms.com Jay Jackson

    The picture you have of the Indians BP is from 2011. In 2012 they removed the red collar mess and simplified the ‘INDIANS’ script to just red outlined in white. But according to the new BP cap pictures, the three-color script may have made a return, but on the 2012 template.

  • Neilio

    Not sure why the Tigers are so afraid to actually have a Tiger on their unis. This is for BP: have a little fun. Like this: http://i53.tinypic.com/b7xgzk.png