Padres to have totally different look
SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres will have new uniforms and a new logo when they move into their new downtown ballpark next spring.
The Padres unveiled a tricolor scheme of navy, sand and sky blue on Thursday. The colors are supposed to represent the sea, the sky and beaches.
Orange is out as an accent color.
The new color scheme mirrors the decor of Petco Park, the new $458 million ballpark that will open in April.
"These are your work clothes," closer Trevor Hoffman said. "You want to feel good when you get ready to go to work. I think they did a nice job with them. It's not a drastic change, not a complete overhaul.
"Whenever you change uniforms, people are going to have their say and talk about what they like or don't like. Ultimately, it's the way we play on the field that's going to make any uniform look good."
The road uniforms will be a sand color and will feature a big S, D and O in San Diego.
"I like the big 'D.' I hope that stands for defense," manager Bruce Bochy said.
Bochy wore the brown and yellow uniforms in the 1980s and the blue uniforms in the 1990s.
"I think the new ones are my favorite. It's different, but I like it," he said.
The uniform modifications are the first major changes for the Padres since 1991 and the 10th in team history. The new uniforms include new elements along with links to its past. The interlocking SD will remain on a navy cap, altered slightly from those worn by the original Pacific Coast League Padres debuting in 1936, and the big league Padres debuting in 1969.
The Padres also made their first logo change since 1991.
The new logo incorporates a home plate with the crest of a wave. The "P'' in the Padres is shaped like a sail.
The Swinging Friar logo will remain on the Padres alternate jersey.
Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press