MLB Rolling Out New Batting Practice Hat Designs


December 28, 2012 9:45 AM by Smash


ESPN – Every three or four years, all 30 MLB teams get new batting practice cap designs. The upcoming season is one of those years, so you’ll soon see teams unveiling their new BP caps (which will also be worn throughout spring training, natch). But thanks to an inside source, Uni Watch is now prepared to provide you with an exclusive sneak peek at the new headwear — 36 new caps in all, because some teams have separate designs for home and away.

If you follow sports at all, you’ve probably come across Paul Lukas and Uniwatch, a website dedicated to following uniforms of the sports world. A couple days ago, he put out the new line of MLB batting practice hats for the upcoming season.

For the most part, I agree with his ratings of the hats. One thing I do find strange (not just with him or this list) is how anti Native American logos people are. I love the tradition and the logos themselves of the Indians, Redskins, Blackhawks, etc. Pretty sure Native Indians don’t even get upset by this? Wouldn’t be upset if the Redskins became the Washington Whiteskins, but hey, that’s just me.

Out of all the new BP hats, lets take a look at our highlights and lowlights:


Astros BP

Love that the Astros are bringing back the old logo and color scheme. The whole red, black, and gold was getting old.


I’ve always liked the elephant logo of the A’s as well as the green and yellow. One of my favorite hats out of the bunch.

Mets BP

I have a weakness for the retro logos. Plus, the Mets have completely removed any traces of black from their uniforms, so they automatically make it into the highlight group.


The Orioles seemed to always be overlooked…in ever aspect. Their run last year brought some attention back to Baltimore but they’re making a splash with these caps. Retro logo, great colors. Well done.

Phillies BP

Pretty similar to their Sunday caps, this one is simple but great. Nothing too complex and keeps the essentials to the Phillies brand.

Red BP

If you’ve made it this far down, you should know where this is going. Awesome retro logo (which is great on it’s own) and simple. Oldest franchise in baseball going back to their older roots.


Blue Jays BP

Loved what they did last year with the logo change on their main hats but this is too much. It’s boring and weeeee get it. Canada’s team.

Brewers BP

They have two versions (road hat with the glove logo) but this one is terrible. The “M” logo is garbage and the greyish and navy are a no go.

Marlins BP

I’m not sure if I’m in the minority of hating this logo or not. If I am, welp, that’s why I hate this hate. The colors are so obnoxious (they’re in Miami…fitting) and the black is god awful. Good luck rebuilding.


I stared at this for much longer than I should have. I wasn’t sure what I was looking at. Apparently it’s a sunburst? Like a bright glare of light from the sun? I get it, they’re in Tampa but it looks like something a Little League team would wear.

Yankees BP

Anything the Yankees wear that stray away from their all navy and white logo hats is wrong. This is their home version with the white brim and the away has a grey brim. Both look like shit and should not be worn by the Yankees. Go back to the classics and don’t change them…ever…for anyone/anything.


One thought on “MLB Rolling Out New Batting Practice Hat Designs

  1. annette baesel says:

    Its a Tampa Bay Rays sunburst (made up of sun RAYS…get it…a different kind of ray than a devil ray?. Frankly, I’m in the camp that this year’s hat logo is prophetic…as in we’re going to be the STAR of the big show. #webelieve.

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