Originally published by DodgerBlue.com
One week into the 2021 regular season, Nike unveiled plans for seven teams to wear a City Connect uniform this year.
The Los Angeles Dodgers were part of an inaugural group that also included the Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Miami Marlins and San Francisco Giants.
Of the seven clubs, the Dodgers were the last to debut the uniform, doing so in August during a series against the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium.
The all-blue uniform combo was met with mixed opinions as fans particularly were disappointed the script on the jersey read “Los Dodgers.” As a whole, the City Connect series was met by mixed reactions.
Despite some of the unpopularity, MLB reportedly is planning to introduce City Connect uniforms to all 30 teams by the end of the 2023 season, via ESPN’s Joon Lee:
The Nike alternates, according to league officials, are not only here to stay — there will be 23 others by the end of 2023 — they are helping to set the stage for even more radical designs in the future.
MLB teams have long been wary over shifting away from a traditional uniform look, but with the sport trying to court a younger demographic, they are willing to explore more bold designs.
In addition to its blue top, the Dodgers City Connect jersey featured black spray-painted accents on the sleeves, which represent the city’s street art culture and murals
L.A.’s look was completed with blue pants and a blue cap that also features “Los Dodgers” across the top in place of the traditional logo.
Murals accompanied Dodgers City Connect jersey
Along with unveiling a new look, the Dodgers also commissioned local artists to paint two murals at Dodger Stadium that became popular spots for fans to take photos at. Justin Turner and Julio Urias were among those featured in the paintings.
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