Blog: Off season 2016-17

November 28, 2016. No, I didn't get kidnapped or fall into a coma. I'm still here. Toward the end of the season, though, I was so buried with work that I didn't update the site. The Cubs winning the Series didn't exactly provide motivation, either. So, here it is,almost December, and I'm finally updating uniform numbers and bat use (I did take a few notes along the way). Sorry about that... In spite of what the description and the PSA/DNA letter says, this Edmonds bat was not prepped by Edmonds; that's not his tape job.

December 9, 2016. Once upon a time, the Cardinals stole a fleet-footed, leadoff-hitting outfielder from the Cubs. He had worn #24, but that wasn't available with his new team, so he accepted #20. It happened again today, except #20 wasn't available, either. So, Dexter Fowler will be wearing #25, a nod to his mentor, Barry Bonds... It's interesting how Mark McGwire's old number has trickled back into circulation. It sat idle for eight seasons until Mac rejoined the Cards as a coach. Upon his departure, it was mothballed for two more seasons before being assigned to coach David Bell. Now, 16 years after Big Mac's retirement, #25 is back in the on-field rotation of numbers.

February 17, 2017. The Cardinals are following the 2016 Dodgers lead and adopting three-dimentional logos for their batting helmets this season. They're provided by Pro Helmet Decals, the company that has sourced the team's bat knob decals the past few seasons. I couldn't be happier -- I think they look great!... Caps this season are supposed to feature the New Era logo on the left side panel, a first if you're not counting some of the one-off caps teams have worn. The spring caps have the logo... The new warmups sported by the team this spring have uniform numbers on the left sleeve. The Redbirds, of course, were the first N.L. team to wear uniform numbers in 1923, and they were positioned on their left sleeves.

February 18, 2017. The 3D logos on the front of the Cards helmets in 2017 aren't the only new elements the lids will feature. I dropped an email to David Sulecki of Pro Helmet Decals to share my approval of the new 3D logos, and he says his company also will provide decals for the back that have both the players' uniform numbers and the MLB logo--on the same decal. In the past, the team needed as many as three decals for two-digit numbers and the MLB logo. Now, they'll need only the one. David also said three other teams will be going 3D, but didn't say which ones. I like this trend.