Updates on New MLB BP Caps Plus Lots of Photos

Written By:  •  Monday, February 11, 2013

Pitchers and catchers will be reporting to all thirty Major League Baseball camps over the next three days which means we’ll FINALLY get a real-life look at all these new batting practice caps.

In the meantime, some photos are trickling in as well as some important (to us anyways) news items regarding the caps.

ATLANTA BRAVES FLIP-FLOP CONTROVERSIAL CAP

The Atlanta Braves stirred up some controversy when their cap design was first leaked back in December… and apparently also designed by MLB if the Blue Jays story is consistent.  Well, that controversy is no more now that the team has gone and taken out the Native American warrior logo and replaced it with the standard “A”.

While the Braves maintain that controversial cap logo was just a proposed design, eh, we ain’t buying it.  Stylesheets produced by NewEra and Major League Baseball show that cap and that cap alone, catalogue images also back up that story.  A proposed cap just doesn’t make it that far unless it’s been approved.

We’ll have a lot more on this Braves switch tomorrow in an article courtesy JR Francis, please check it out when it’s posted!

LOGOS ON THE REAR

The Jays, and Jays alone, will sport a logo on the back of the cap

Remember that logo we saw on the back of the Toronto Blue Jays BP cap?  Believe it or not, that’s actually exclusive to the Blue Jays.  I know right?  I heard reports about this last week but actually dismissed it due to the fact that a non-template feature on a BP cap seemed extremely unlikely to me.  Lesson learned.

According to Jays fan blog Bluebird Banter the Jays were presented their maple leaf cap by Major League Baseball but were not happy about the inclusion of anything, you know, Blue Jays related:

“The compromise was to tack on the Blue Jays cap crest on the back of the cap, just above the MLB logo. Blue Jays president Paul Beeston confirmed that the Blue Jays’ new batting practice cap will be the only one in baseball to have the team’s regular crest on the back.”

Incredible on two fronts, one that MLB just flung these designs on every team with seemingly no input from the team, and two that they actually allowed this patch on the back of the cap.

 GIANT WHITE OUTLINES

New KC Royals BP Cap, photo courtesy Derrick Goold

It was hard to tell on our computer designed versions of all the caps just how these white outlines would show on the white front-panel caps, but… thanks to the Kansas City Royals, we now know. It ain’t pretty, it ain’t necessary.

Several teams will be going with a similar giant-white outline style on their BP caps this year, apologies in advance to fans of the Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, and Minnesota Twins… bleh.

REGULAR SEASON USE?

According to NewEra brand president Pete Augustine, in an interview at ESPN, some teams will be wearing these caps for more than just batting practice or spring training games:

“It will soft launch on Opening Day and it won’t just be used for batting practice. We’re really getting away from the BP model because we don’t want to pigeonhole in just that. Some teams might want to wear it more frequently than others.”

We were promised an interview with NewEra to get more information on this… still waiting.  Back in November, as part of their new logo launch, the Houston Astros played a video which advertised their BP uniform as their “Sunday” jerseys.  This just adds more fuel to that fire.

RAYS ADD SECOND CAP

Absent from all our stylesheets, the Tampa Bay Rays have added a second batting practice cap, no information on it yet, but its design is similar to the one we had already seen except with the powder blue being the prominent colour in place of navy blue.

PHOTOS!

And now to finish this update off our collection of real-life photos of the new BP caps we have seen so far…

 

If you’d like to check out all the designs for all the teams, our handy division-by-division preview is available here:

AL EAST • AL CENTRAL • AL WEST • NL EAST • NL CENTRAL • NL WEST



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  • whats NewEra going to be fleecing us for these new caps?

  • David (nuordr)

    I really like the Tampa Bay hats as well as the Cincinnati Reds.

  • AWESOME

  • boo

    when do they go on sale, does anyone know?

  • John Pat Sher

    Really disappointed that Atlanta caved to pressure. Political correctness always wins in this country I suppose.

    • Leighton

      Except in Cleveland…

      • TJFromToronto

        (don’t forget Washington…somehow, still! *wink*)

  • JWalters

    Despite the big outline I still can’t wait to finally get my hands on the new Kansas City cap

  • Sal Canete

    Rays sunburst cap looks pretty sweet!

  • Austin Harbeson

    The Rays BP cap has swag potential.

  • Travis

    Love them all! Love the Rockies cap!

  • Nick

    Some of these hats are just terrible. The Reds and Rockies caps look nice though.

  • Iamthere4Iam

    the Cards is actually prolly my fav. It looks really cool. I’d like to get my Tiger mitts on that one of those fo sho

  • When are they releasing to the public? My lids told me march

    • Dave

      They are on sale on the mlb.com shop right now

  • Baseball Bill

    Gonna stick with my New Era 59FIFTY REGULAR Dodgers cap. Same as the guys wear DURING games.

  • IS

    The collection will be available for purchase on MLB.com and at Spring Training sites on February 22, 2013. Nationwide retailers, New Era Flagship stores and http://www.neweracap.com will begin selling March 1, 2013.

  • Ryan

    Well I was going to get one of the Braves caps. Not now though…

  • Chris McCabe

    They are on the mlb.com websites now.

  • Kris Mallia

    Don’t like the idea of them being used in regular season games, the breathable fabric doesn’t look right, and its not like the traditional caps are not really good to wear in all game situations.

  • Jeason Habs Gagnon

    I’m sure by next year this will be out of the window. How about the jays use their throwback alternate hats from 2009 template for bp hats..

  • Michael Q.

    Love the Mets and Reds caps!

  • ingmar66

    They are all nice, but they should not be worn during regular season games. As stated above, the fabric does not match with the regular uniforms. But I do like these BP/Spring Training hats.

  • Chawls

    LOVE how the Rays’ sunburst logo looks against the Columbia blue crown of their cap!

  • 54321

    The Jays cap looks plain as it is, but seeing actual players wearing them in Dunedin (pitchers & catchers tweeting lol) gives me a much better impression.
    I suppose the Blue Jays don’t really have an alternate logo as a go-to, maybe have the bird inside the red maple’s borders?