How Major League Baseball is Going Retro for the All-Star Game

All-Star Games are supposed to be fun. They’re fun for the simple fact that, most of the time, the best players in the sport find themselves involved, and rearing to put on a show for the loyal fans. Don’t get us wrong, occasionally there’s controversy. For example, in the NBA, you can be sure an uproar will be had should a worthy player be snubbed and left off the roster. Of course, eventually, all is made right and the event tends to be filled with one eventful moment after the other. That’s how it should be — that’s what the fans deserve. Unfortunately, when it comes to Major League Baseball, all bets are off.

Unlike the majority of pro sports, the MLB can’t simply let the All-Star Game be about putting on a good show for the paying customer. In 2002, then commissioner Bud Selig somehow convinced the owners to it would be a good idea to award home-field advantage in the World Series to the league that wins the All-Star Game. With an important prize attached to winning, these games officially lost its previous luster. And yet, the truth is, this ridiculousness pales in comparison to the current American League Voting situation. However, until the Kansas City Royals officially send their entire roster to the Midsummer Classic, you won’t find us in complete protest mode. Still, what would a Major League Baseball All-Star Game be without something to complain about?

This time around, it’s the caps (see above). We understand that this year’s top is a tribute to the host city, Cincinnati. There’s nothing wrong with incorporating history into the modern era. As much as we wish we could, we just can’t seem to get behind this lid.

If there’s one thing about this hat that we thoroughly enjoy, it’s the use of the ‘pillbox’ style. That’s a pretty cool feature of the baseball hats of old. Other than that, there’s not much about this hat that we truly dig. The sad part is, this lid was designed with the best intentions.

Per the press release from New Era (via For The Win):

“Over a century ago, Cincinnati’s Baseball Club, known as the Red Stockings, wore a cap which featured horizontal stripes, commonly known as pleats, around the circumference of the caps. This design concept became the basis for the cap that Cincinnati Reds mascot Mr. Redlegs has worn since his inception in 1956 and is featured prominently in the 2015 All-Star Game logo. Now, that 19th century design has been combined with a modern look and fabric to create the 2015 All-Star Game Cap.”

If we’re being completely honest, it’s not that the concept behind this hat is poor — the potential is certainly there. However, for us, it feels incomplete. The horizontal stripes are a nice touch, but we don’t think stopping half-way around the cap works. As for the lid being two-toned — split right down the middle — with the back featuring the primary color of a team’s uniform, we think this is the wrong place to take liberties.

We would’ve loved to see the main part of the hat feature a single color. In fact, while last month’s leaked tops weren’t official, we happen to think they’re super fresh. We’re love the overall use of color and truly appreciate how the pleats wrap around the entirety of the hats. For us, these hats actually feel like a true representation of putting a modern touch on a retro style. And really, isn’t that the point?

We always enjoy it when pro sports choose to integrate history into the modern game. The truth is, some throwbacks are actually more appealing than the current looks. But despite the overall good intentions, we can’t help but feel that, when it comes to the 2015 MLB All-Star Game caps, it was a huge swing and a miss.

Don’t worry, baseball fans. There’s always next year.

To see more of the 2015 MLB All-Star Game caps, click here.

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