2013 NL Central Batting Practice Caps and Uniforms

Written By:  •  Friday, December 28, 2012

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.

In this piece we’re taking a look at the National League Central.

CHICAGO CUBS

The Chicago Cubs keep their white C with red trim that they’ve been using exclusively for batting practice and Spring Training games since the 2007 season. What returns to the field for the field is the red bill, which was a part of both the regular season road and alternate jerseys from 1994 right up until 2008.

Chicago’s old blue and red cap from the 2008 season, a similar design returns for Spring 2013

An example of one of the safer, simpler BP cap designs for the new season, the Cubs didn’t do anything crazy, which was nice to see from such a traditional club after the cap piping that ruined an otherwise clean look from 2010-12:

The Cubs BP cap used from 2010-12

Like several other teams (Red Sox, White Sox, Cardinals) the Cubs rarely actually wore their BP cap during the Spring opting to go with their regular season cap instead.  I have a feeling we’ll see this new design far more often in the coming year.

Uniforms remain the same, lookin’ good with the new cap too!

 

CINCINNATI REDS

Mr. Redlegs makes his on-cap debut!

Cincinnati will be one of three teams (others New York Mets, Oakland Athletics) to put their mascot on their new BP cap – the Reds will have two, the home red one shown above and a black version worn with the road uniforms shown below:

Red cap for home games, black cap for road games

The black cap for the road uniform is the first time the Reds have welcomed back black as more than just a secondary trim colour since their days abusing and overusing it in the early-to-mid 2000′s:

Bucky Dent during Cincinnati’s all-black days, 2006

Going all-black never really looked right on the Cincinnati Reds, but it looks great as an accent colour, pretty much the way they’ve been using it since 2007.  Hopefully this is as far as they go with the black.

Mr. Redlegs, the new BP cap logo has been gracing the sleeve of their alternate jersey for the past six seasons and was previously the club’s primary logo in the 1950s:

Cincinnati’s alternate jersey (2007-), sleeve patch gets put onto the new BP caps

 

MILWAUKEE BREWERS

Another white front-panel cap on the field this upcoming Spring.  The Milwaukee Brewers have used different coloured front panels during their franchise history before but never with the logo set they’ve been using since the 2000 season.  The blue and white one above could possibly be an homage to their old blue and white batting helmet from the early 1980s, which was then used with the ball-in-glove logo:

Robin Yount sports the old blue/white Brewers helmet in 1981

Speaking of ball-in-glove, the cap we show up at the top for the Brewers is only their home BP cap, they will be going retro for the road using their old blue and yellow cap (previously their road cap from 1974-1985, including during their AL championship run in 1982):

Paul Molitor in blue & yellow cap in 1981, this returns as a road BP cap in 2013

While the use of the old ball-in-glove cap sounds like an interesting idea, look at the uniform it’s scheduled to be worn with… clashing of eras much?  The styles don’t even share the same colour scheme.  Here’s hoping a retro road BP comes along to save this set:

Milwaukee’s 2013 BP Uniforms… something about those caps just don’t match the jersey

UPDATE (12/29/12 10am ET): I have received a second stylesheet, this time from NewEra which identifies the Brewers retro BP cap as an “Alternate” instead of “Road”.  This designation makes far more sense.  My guess is the Brewers will either come out with a retro BP jersey or simply wear these caps before games in which they’re wearing the retro uniforms.

Milwaukee of course will also be doing a one-off next March when they wear a uniform designed by a fan for a Spring Training game, the winning design has yet to be unveiled.

 

PITTSBURGH PIRATES

The only team to actually officially unveil their new batting practice cap is the Pittsburgh Pirates who shared an image of the cap during their new alternate uniform unveiling earlier this month.  This is also how we know the BP caps will be 59Fifty’s instead of the 39Thirty style used since 2003.

A relatively basic design, the Pirates retain the white outline around the P logo they’ve used with their BP caps since 2007, but as with all other teams have removed the silly piping creating an overall nicer looking cap:

Pittsburgh’s 2012 BP cap and jersey, a photo I took (fun!) during Spring Training last season

The new cap is also the first time the Pirates will wear a yellow bill on their cap since their 2006 BP cap (which featured the Pirate logo you see on the sleeve of the above photo on the crown), they previously wore a black cap with yellow bill and yellow “P” logo with their alternate uniforms up until 2005:

Young Brent Lillibridge in the black/yellow Pirates cap of 2005

Jerseys stay the same, unlike the Brewers the new cap looks pretty sweet with their BP jersey:

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 BP uniform

 

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

The always classy St Louis Cardinals don’t disappoint with their newest BP cap design, after killing off their old navy blue STL road cap for the upcoming season (note: it will still exist as an alternate cap) the club comes right back with a brand new navy blue cap for the Spring.  Well done Cards!

It isn’t exactly the same as the old navy blue road cap used from 1992-2012, that cap was all navy (no red bill) and had a white outline around the “STL” design on the crown.  This version is more based off of the old road cap worn in the 1940s and 1950s, the one of Stan Musial and the ’45 World Series champs:

Stan Musial wearing the inspiration for the 2013 BP cap back in 1950

St. Louis is another one of those teams that rarely wears it’s BP cap, they even usually wear their regular season jerseys during Spring Training games, but I’m still sure we’ll get a look at this new cap now and then, it’s just too beautiful to hide away on some locker room shelf.

Joe Kelly in the rarely seen complete St Louis Cardinals BP uniform from Spring Training 2012

St Louis Cardinals 2013 BP Uniform

That’s it for the NL Central, we’ve got reviews for the other divisions too… give ‘em a look through via the links below:

2013 MLB Batting Practice Cap and Uniform Guides:
AL EAST • AL CENTRAL • AL WEST • NL EAST • NL CENTRAL • NL WEST

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  • http://www.facebook.com/ricoperez99 Richard Napão Perez

    I was perplexed for a bit wondering why the Astros weren’t here, but then I remembered… TT_TT

  • http://www.facebook.com/meantwin Brent Stewart

    brewers dont even match

  • Kyle

    Unless I’m mistaken, I believe the retro Brewers hat is just an alternate and not to be used full-time on the road.

    • Chris Creamer

      The Brewers cap is listed as “Road BP” on their official stylesheet – no mention of “Alt” at all, there is only one BP jersey listed and it’s one we show in the article

  • Darnell Cheers

    Leave it to the Cincinnati Reds to have black in their unis Lol St. Louis Cardinals stay true to the roots #cardinalsfan

    • Aaron

      As good as a black accent looks on this team, don’t be surprised if the Reds eventually phase it out completely.

    • Ben Foster

      Well, the Reds main colors ARE red, white, and black…

  • Chance

    Just a heads up but the Cards won the World Series in ’42, ’44, and ’46, but not ’45. I do really enjoy their new cap though!

  • Aaron

    The walking bear logo would be perfect on the BP caps for the Cubs.

  • Max

    your pirates picture which you took was of “Major League Coach” Mark Strittmatter, aka the most important man in MLB. His job description is unknown, yet he is still a part of the worst coaching staff in pro sports (except pitching coach Ray Searage)

  • Discrim

    You know how some teams (Cardinals, Tigers for example) wear their regular jerseys for all their spring games? The Cubs kinda sorta do this: they wear the pinstripes for all spring home games (yes, even Zambrano), and the BPs for all road games. Can’t remember whether they wore the BP caps on the road, I wanna say yes but my memory’s bitten me in the ass one time too many. Anyways, they wore the 03-06 BP caps for all road games, though this was mainly due to said cap and jersey being navy instead of royal blue, and I remember the mesh 5950s that came before the coolbase caps, the Cubs wore those for every spring game, home or away.

    • Discrim

      I’d meant to say even Zambrano abided by pinstripes at home in the spring when he was there.

  • ColinSTL

    Uhhh, Chris? Hate to tell you this, but the ’45 World Champions–were the Tigers. The Cards, and Stan the Man, won it the next year in the famed seven-game Series over Boston. Slaughter’s Mad Dash and–you know. *lol*

    Great comments on the new BP cap–thanks! With the new Saturday “St. Louis” unis, if it was good enough for the Gas House Gang and it was good enough for the wartime Swifties and ol’ Stan himself, it’s good enough for our guys today! Happy New Year from all of us in Cardinal Nation! :)

  • Alex

    STL – as always the cards look good.

    CIN – love Mr. Redlegs, looks great.

    PIT – cant go wrong with the black and yellow. it just works

    CHC – alternate logo would have been better for them

    MIL – I love the look. the white panel with the M looks great. I think the gold accents will pop. I am a huge fan of the glove logo and its a great throwback look.

  • ingmar66

    These are all excellent. I agree that the walking (or the standing) bear would have been nice, but the white C with red outline is nice as well.