Could the San Diego Padres finally be making the move to brown uniforms full-time?
Who knows, but at least we’ve got an update on the painfully long process into figuring out if their fans want them to wear brown or not (hint: they do, obviously).
Fowler: “We completed an exhaustive round of dial research, looking at our existing uniform, the ’98 uniforms, and two brown uniforms — now I would not call those consistent with the ‘baby poop brown’ uniforms that the late Tony Gwynn did not like, but they are brown uniforms. The largest minority likes a deep brown uniform, they think it says ‘we’re San Diego’, it ‘differentiates us’ but it’s a minority. The second largest minority is our existing uniform.”
Now I’m not surprised a brown uniform won this poll, I am surprised the current blues came in second; I’ve *never* heard a word of support for the current look in all my interactions with Padres fans over the years, in fact most I’ve spoken to seem to prefer the 1998 blue-and-orange from their World Series run.
To confirm my suspicions I ran my own super unscientific poll on Twitter last night and, well, see for yourself:
It’s not even close!
The current look is *not* the uniform of choice by *over* 90% of the 3,000+ people who voted in our poll… now, I’m not entirely sure what our margin-of-error would be for this, but I highly doubt it’s 30%.
Fowler continued with details on what’s going to happen next…
“We are going to further test in the next 60-90 days, we expect brown will prevail in a side-by-side vs four other uniforms and we will probably move in a direction, in that direction hopefully for the 2020 season. No uniform got close to 50 percent.”
Like the Padres, our poll also showed nobody close to 50 – but that was because the vote was split between the two brown options; brown combined made up 70% of the vote.
80's are great, but we need a new brown design to claim as our own. pic.twitter.com/c4IfOQGdnO
— Friar Research Dept. (@BBTB2018) July 17, 2018
So the Padres might have a new uniform in 2020 – remember, that’s the first year the league will wear Nike uniforms (*gulp*)… either way I hope Fowler and others in the Padres offices see the results of this poll before making any final decisions.