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The Padres yesterday unveiled new uniforms and logos at an event for select season-ticket holders held at Petco Park. Included in the uniform changes are updated home whites and road grays, along with a new blue alternate uniform with "SD" on the chest. The team's military uniforms will continue to feature the digital camouflage pattern modeled after the U.S. Marines. The club's new secondary logo features the Padres script under skyline imagery of Petco Park. The team has also modified the Swinging Friar logo with updated colors to match the blue and white it currently wears. The new logo will be featured in a patch on the sleeve of the Padres' white jerseys (Padres). Padres President & COO Tom Garfinkel said that the team "wanted to avoid a significant change in the jersey's style or color scheme, specifically a shift back to the brown and gold uniforms of the late 1970s and 1980s." He said that a "vocal minority of fans had expressed their support for those colors." He added that the Padres "plan to wear their throwback brown and gold jerseys on several occasions this season." Garfinkel: "We had a lot of different designs along the way. We still want (the brown and gold) once in a while. We still want to celebrate that." Garfinkel noted that the Padres "spent two years planning the changes with one year allotted to the design process" (NORTH COUNTY TIMES, 11/10). MLB.com's Corey Brock noted the new duds are a "nod to the old uniforms the Padres wore during their Pacific Coast League days (1936-68)." Garfinkel said, "They're not trendy colors or trendy design ... but they're a classic baseball style" (MLB.com, 11/9). In San Diego, Bill Center writes the uniforms "give the Padres a distinctive look." Garfinkel said, "We won't look like the Milwaukee Brewers anymore" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 11/10).
SWING & A MISS? YAHOO SPORTS' Kevin Kaduk wrote under the header, "Yawn: San Diego's 'New' Uniforms As Snoozeworthy As Last Effort." Kaduk: "How bad is this change, which counts [as] the franchise's ninth in the past 25 years? It's so bad that they brought back the wonderfully nostalgic swingin' friar as a secondary patch and even he doesn't evoke any passion or excitement" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 11/9). However, Padres C Nick Hundley said, "I love them. It really goes together a lot better than last year. Last year, I was really excited we got rid of the sand. I think the blue is my favorite. It's a little more old school and a little more classic." Padres P Clayton Richard said, "It's a little more simple, but a classic baseball look. I think the fans will be excited. I know we're excited about wearing" (NORTH COUNTY TIMES, 11/10).
The Dodgers "will not be able to bid on free agents such as Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols until the team is sold," according to a source cited by ESPN L.A. The source said that the team is "expected to sell for in the neighborhood of $1.2 billion," and the process "will likely take 4-6 months, spilling into 2012 and further reducing the Dodgers' chances of acquiring players through free agency." The source added that prospective owners "in the mix to replace McCourt include Peter O'Malley, Fred Claire, Steve Garvey, Orel Hershiser, Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong and Mark Cuban." The source noted that it is O'Malley "who would be the clear front-runner if he teamed up with Fox," which owns the Dodgers' broadcast rights through the '13 season (ESPNLA.com, 11/9). O'Malley, who sold the Dodgers to Fox 13 years ago, said, "The franchise needs leadership. It needs to be reconnected with the community. I think I can provide the restoration of the franchise quicker and better than anyone else." In N.Y., Richard Sandomir notes basketball HOFer Magic Johnson, White Sox Special Assistant to the Chair Dennis Gilbert, and former Sabres Owner Tom Golisano also are on the "list of potential owners." Golisano said that he "has strong interest in buying" the team (N.Y. TIMES, 11/10).
THE NEW DEAL: Minor League Baseball yesterday announced it has partnered with O'Malley, his sister Terry Seidler, and former MLBers Chan Ho Park and Hideo Nomo to take over operation of Vero Beach Sports Village (VBSV), formally known as Dodgertown. MiLB will submit for approval the proposed transfer of its VBSV lease to officials with Indian River County, which owns the facility. All five participants would have an equal ownership share in the new entity. O'Malley would serve as Chair & CEO, and MiLB President Pat O'Conner would become President & COO. The Dodgers held spring training camp on the VBSV grounds from '48 until '07, when they relocated to Arizona (MiLB).