While not officially confirmed by the team, the Mariners City Connect Jerseys, previously announced just days before the season started, have supposedly leaked. You can see the new jerseys below:
Nike first introduced the City Connect Uniform Series in 2021, and there have been two waves of teams that have gotten to wear their new jerseys already. However, with the M's being part of the 2023 batch, we fans have patiently awaited our first glimpse.
At first glance, I like them a lot. I enjoy the throwback to the classic Blue and Yellow. I love the crossed tridents on the tag inside the jersey with "Sodo Mojo" written across it. And, of course, the "My Oh My" lettering down by the Nike tag is a perfect touch paying homage to the late Dave Niehaus.
While we have not seen a complete look (that will come next week), I am relieved at what Nike put together for the jerseys. I have seen far too many bad City Connect jerseys not hit the mark.
So, I was a little nervous about Seattle's reveal. I am glad that they went with something traditional and classic, calling back to old teams, jerseys, and color schemes.
I was nervous about Seattle's reveal. But I am glad they went with something traditional and classic, calling back to old teams, jerseys, and color schemes. Paying homage to the Pilots is essential, as they are still a part of Seattle Baseball history. However, it does feel strange to have this team that played one season in 1969 be what feels like a direct source of inspiration for this City Connect jersey. It becomes stranger knowing that this team still plays in the MLB, the Milwaukee Brewers.
While I, again, like the uniform overall, I can't help but feel that something is missing. This might be a controversial opinion, but I do not see why the Blue and Yellow colors keep returning in new uniforms that the team puts out. I thought that the City Connect jerseys were supposed to be a direct representation of the city the team resides in, and not an amalgamation of the Mariners past lives.
Seattle is such a beautiful city. With the mixture of the mountains, the ocean, places like Pike Place, the rich Asian and Native American culture, Starbucks and Grunge music, there could have been something really special to create here. With a city called the "Emerald City", I don't see much emerald on these new jerseys. That would be the reason why the Blue and Yellow still confuses me.
Now, I still think this new Uniform set looks good. They did a good job with what they were trying to do. Heck, I will probably still buy one and I know the players will look good wearing them on the field. If anything, this makes me wonder what might be coming in the future in terms of a rebrand.