Why are all baseball teams wearing camouflage this weekend?
Every year over the third weekend in May, Major League Baseball celebrates Armed Forces Day by having each of their 30 clubs wear camo patterned caps, socks, sleeves, and catcher’s gear during games played on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Designs vary slightly from season to season and this year the caps feature a custom green camouflage pattern on the crowns, visors, and buttons. For the 29 teams based in the United States, each logo is presented in olive green and gold with a United States flag pattern integrated into it; the Canadian-based Toronto Blue Jays naturally do not include this feature, opting instead for their usual logo (still recoloured).
The left side features the New Era logo in gold, the back has the MLB logo in a gold/black/gold colourway, and the underside of the visor is plain black. On the right side of each cap is a military-style name badge with six stars representing the six branches of the military and the team’s location name placed to the right (the Los Angeles Angels bar reads “ANGELS”). The Blue Jays cap swaps out the five stars for four maple leaves.
Here’s a look at the 2022 Armed Forces Day cap designs for all 30 teams:
Team jerseys will remain each club’s usual design, this camo theme is reserved for caps, socks, and other accessories.
As has been the case for the last three years, teams will wear camouflage during Armed Forces Day rather than on Memorial Day. Beginning with the 2019 season, the league opted to reserve Memorial Day for the solemn remembrance of those veterans who are no longer with us, doing so with the simple addition of a poppy patch to all team jerseys playing on Memorial Day Monday.
Major League Baseball will donate its licensed royalties from the sale of Armed Forces Day On-Field Authentic Collection apparel to MLB Charities to support programs for service members, veterans and military families.