Report: Dodger Hats Just May Look A Little Different Next Year

Let’s take a break from NLCS panic — and yes, I did see Bob Nightengale’s report about Don Mattingly, but I haven’t considered Nightengale a reliable source about the Dodgers in a long time — in order to briefly entertain ourselves with something wildly less important.

Last week, Uni Watch — your home for all the nerdiest uniform minutiae — posted a story from a tipster that I honestly found uninteresting and quickly glazed over:

I’ve been told that all MLB hats will be switched to the “Diamond Era” BP cap material next season and that the current Authentic Collection caps will be discontinued. I do not yet know if this means all the hats will be imported (as all the BP caps currently are) or if a percentage will be still USA-made, but the visual difference will likely be jarring, since the Diamond Era caps have a textured fabric.

Okay, so? Here’s today’s follow-up:

Regarding the change of cap fabrics for next season, Source No. 2 says one team is definitely on board for that — the Dodgers — with a second unnamed team close to pulling the trigger. But contrary to what Source No. 1 had told me, Source No. 2 says there’s no indication yet that it will be an MLB-wide thing. I’ve done some additional checking to see if I can figure out which source is right (or if neither of them is right), but so far no dice.

If true (these are unconfirmed reports, as indicated, though Paul Lukas has a good track record when it comes to these things), the change could actually be quite distinctive, as you can see in this comparison shot I put together using images from Hatland:

dodger_hats_texturedI don’t know if the “LA” would actually be outlined in blue as you can see here, but the different texture can clearly be seen. For the record, though I consider the top (current) to look far better, I find them uncomfortable to wear because they are inflexible and the crown sits too high; I have owned a BP cap similar to the bottom one and far preferred it. Of course, I’m not going to be the one wearing it, and I’m not exactly excited about how the texture change is going to look on the field.

Again, nothing confirmed or certain here, just an interesting tip to pass along. You may now resume your regularly-scheduled playoff panic.

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Batted Bob
Batted Bob

I wasn't here earlier and don't want to scroll. Is the consensus that we hate the new hat? Because I do not like it. Especially the outlined lettering.

Tired Math Cat
Tired Math Cat

Goat, a more serious answer to why we're moving cargo to the moon:


because there's not enough space on this freakin planet. 

BIah
BIah

Mid-week update: Purple Drank has made more than 800 comments since Friday afternoon and is well on pace to shatter the single-week record.

Dave! (but probably Justin Turner, maybe)
Dave! (but probably Justin Turner, maybe)

And fapsmorning is over... congrats to DBrim on receiving the last free DaveFap of the day, all other faps today will have to be earned with a clever comment.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

I'm back to "can't concentrate at work because of baseball" mode.

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

I am going to lose so much frickin' money on the tickets to today's games. FYSL.

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

@Dave (Definitely not Bob) aw man, I was not aware of fapsmorning and thought I had made a clever enough comment for your standards. This is not the news I needed on a Monday.

BIah
BIah

@DBrim better than "can't concentrate on baseball because of work" mode.  That mode sucks

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

This just in: there's only one game today.

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

@MScottEiland "The length of the extension is unclear, but the newspaper says it probably will not be for the four years Mattingly is seeking." 


could be a 2 game extension, starting tonight.

BIah
BIah

@Dang88 Drank gets paid to browse MSTI.  That's pretty good for life

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

@BIah I'd like to thank the Dodgers for giving me reasons to bitch, moan, and vent for two awful baseball games.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Well, I left work for a day and a half.

MScottEiland
MScottEiland

That wouldn't be an extension, except in the sense that he should have been fired after Game One and as such he's living on borrowed time.

Hoze
Hoze

There's a lot of space.. But at a disadvantage if you can't get the stuff back.