Rangers Release New Spring Training Look

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Early on Thursday, MLB.com released images of the new Spring Training uniforms that all teams will be sporting when the 2016 pre-season starts. There are lots of notable changes (the White Sox, Rays and Dodgers sporting the biggest changes), and your Texas Rangers have put forward a slightly modified version of a retro hat.

Texas Rangers 2016 Spring Training Hats

The stylized “T” in front of the state is a departure from last year’s logo, where the Texas flag blocked the “T,” resulting in a bit of a sloppy, unfinished look. This year’s hat also features a logo with the abbreviation of the state in which the team holds Spring Training (all hats will have this).

The logo hearkens back to a version that the team used for just two years, from 1982-1983. This logo had a more cartoon-letter version of a “T” and “R” in front of the state of Texas.

1982-1983 Texas Rangers Logo

 

This year’s version is more refined, more modern, and less like a child drew it.

The jerseys will remain the same, save for the addition of the “AZ” patch on the side. The Rangers have a tendency to wear the same blue jerseys throughout the entirety of Spring Training, whether at home in Surprise or on the road.

2016 Texas Rangers Spring Training Jersey

On the back, every team will have sublimated graphic designs within the player name and numbers. You may have to zoom in on the below picture to see. The “AZ” and “FL” lettering will be in each letter and number.

2016 Texas Rangers Spring Training Jersey Back

Fun note, with no other uniform changes, the Rangers remain the only team in Major League Baseball who do not feature their team name on any of their everyday jerseys. That also makes them the only team that has their hometown on their home jersey.

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Matt Fisher is an Editor/Staff Writer for ShutdownInning. He is a baseball lifer, preferring to use the eye test and rely on the knowledge and analysis of baseball minds greater than his, while using relevant stats to encourage situational discussions. He is also co-host of The Most Valuable Podcast on the NextWave Radio Network, talking sports, entertainment, and sports entertainment.

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