Orange jerseys and two cartoon bird hats added for 2012
By now, you know the Orioles have retired the ornithologically correct bird on their hats and will be switching to a cartoon bird that most resembles the logo from 1970.
But here are a couple things about the uniforms that the Orioles didn’t release until 9:30 a.m. today.
The Orioles will wear three different caps this season: A black cartoon bird hat with an orange bill; a multi-paneled cartoon bird hat that is black in the back and white in the front with an orange bill; and a black hat with the orange ‘O’s’ that the club will continue to wear on Fridays with their black jerseys.
The other noteworthy change is that the Orioles will wear orange jerseys with black lettering for the first time since 1992, which was the inaugural year of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The orange jerseys will be worn on home Saturdays.
That one caught me a little off guard. I’m not a big uniform guy, but I always did like the orange jersey. I don’t know why.
All told, the Orioles will have four jerseys: traditional white with ‘Orioles’ script (most home games); black with ‘Orioles’ script (all Fridays, home and road), orange with ‘Orioles’ script (home Saturdays) and gray with ‘Baltimore’ script (most road games).
The jerseys will have two patches: A 20th anniversary Camden Yards one on the right sleeve and the Maryland flag with “Baltimore” above it and “Orioles” below it on the left sleeve. In some 2011 versions, that patch had “Orioles Baseball” instead of the team name.