The Atlanta Braves will be sporting several new uniform looks on the field in 2014. A new home alternate military appreciation jersey as well as a new batting practice cap and jersey will give fans something new to enjoy this season.
Braves to honor military…
Prior to Wednesday’s press conference to announce Freddie Freeman’s multi-year extension, the first baseman joined manager Fredi Gonzalez and team president John Schuerholz to unveil the brand new military appreciation jersey. A pair of local servicemen were on hand to receive and model the new jerseys.
The jersey is based on Atlanta’s red alternate home threads, but features a white and navy blue star-spangled inside the Braves standard script logo and the American flag on the left sleeve. As seen in the picture, the tomahawk is absent from the front chest logo.
Atlanta will no longer wear the previous version of its red jerseys, opting to go with the traditional white home uniforms during the week. It is unclear if the team will continue to use the alternate cap which accompanied the red jerseys since being introduced in 2005.
The team will wear its new military threads on the following five dates throughout the season, after which the players will autograph the jerseys and they will be auctioned off to support local military charities.
Military Appreciation Days:
- April 26 (vs. Cincinnati Reds) – Military Family Night
- June 13 (vs. Los Angeles Dodgers) – United States Army Anniversary
- July 26 (vs. San Diego Padres) – United States Marines Celebration
- August 30 (vs. Miami Marlins) – United States Navy Celebration
- September 19 (vs. New York Mets) – United States Air Force Anniversary
Spring Training uniform changes…
The team will also be updating its Spring Training threads. MLB.com Shop is now selling a brand new version of the Braves batting practice jersey. The biggest and most notable change is the full red panel on the back. The previous version of the Spring BP jersey no longer appears for sale on the site.
While the front remains virtually the same, the back is a stark departure from the predominantly navy blue look that Atlanta’s batting practice jerseys have had since 1987. It also features red piping around the collar, while doing away with the red and white panels down the sides.
The Braves will also be sporting a new batting practice hat this season. They will debut it in Grapefruit League play later this month. New Era (MLB’s official cap manufacturer) released the brand new alternate lid for pre-order this past week. It appears what’s old is new again.
The cap reprises the look worn by Atlanta throughout the 70s, featuring the lower-case “A” in red on a white front panel. The rest of the hat has been updated from royal blue to navy to accompany the team’s current color scheme. The style is fitting for 2014, which is the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron becoming baseball all-time home run king on April 8, 1974.
Grant McAuley covers the Braves for Sports Radio 92-9 The Game. Follow Grant on Twitter.