New Houston Astros owner Jim Crane, speaking to the media in Kissimmee, Florida, confirmed that the club is likely to alter their uniforms in 2013. According to the Houston Chronicle, the logistics magnate figured switching leagues offered an opportunity for updated threads:
“If the change is going to be made, certainly next year going to the American League is our transition and we’re leaning heavily that way,” Crane said.
The Astros moved away from the space-themed golden star in 2000 to commemorate the opening of Minute Maid Park (then Enron Field, but that sponsorship isn’t spoken of). Pinstripes adorned Houston uniforms for the first time with the current rendition and a darkish red hue become the primary color to signify something about trains. Union Station was a train post, a mock train with oranges in the bed sits above left field and none of that makes any sense a decade later.
Crane mentioned that he’d like to garner some fan input but with the submission deadline May 1st, I’m skeptical. What’s more probable is that the Astros use a select few as a focus group to avoid any colossal blunders. Mandating Houston wears the vintage rainbow jerseys unironically does not qualify as a historic screw-up.
Should that focus group include me (it won’t), I’m pushing for the return of the closed star and the re-introduction of the orange hat seen here.
Followers of the franchise know success is years away. The farm system won’t be rebuilt in two drafts and ownership intends to shed payroll early rather than increase it.
The allure of the American League draws some intrigue to one of baseball’s worst teams. The same occurs with a new logo.
Those are necessities for a team staring at 100 losses.