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Whose Logo is Whose?

With the MLB season underway, let’s analyze some classic logos and which player embodies its design. Not literally of course. Juan Pierre is not a fish.

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Whose Logo is Whose?

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I saw something recently on Twitter that got my nostalgia firing on all cylinders. With the start of baseball season underway (finally), I thought it would be a good chance to give this a try myself. There are certain logos/uniforms within sports that are automatically tied to a player for all eternity. For example, I’d say LeBron James owns the Cavs jerseys from the early 2000s. When I think of the sweet Avs jerseys from the 90s, the trio of Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg, and Patrick Roy immediately come to mind. Below I’ll lay out a few nostalgic baseball logos, hats, or uniforms and the player that is synonymous with it.

1. This Marlins Logo (1993-2011)

This was actually the logo I was referring to above. The most popular response was for Dontrelle Willis. Don’t get me wrong, I love Dontrelle but for some reason, my brain immediately said Juan Pierre. He only played for the Marlins wearing that logo for 3 seasons but after doing some light research, Mr. Marlin had insane stats. In the 2003 season, Pierre had 65 stolen bases and played in 162 games! You don’t see either of those things these days. Congrats Juan, you are forever THE Marlin in my book.

2. This Montreal Expos hat (1969-1991)

Ok, I think we can all agree that the Expos need to come back. First of all, Canada needs another team. Secondly, I love the logo and the hat. Although Randy Johnson only played in 1 total season with the Expos, every time I see the hat, I think of him. Originally drafted by the Expos, Johnson would play in just 11 games with Montreal before being dealt to the Mariners. However, this rookie card will always be in my head when I think of this look. Love the mustache, love the confused look on his face as if to say “why am I playing in Montreal?”, I love everything about it. Therefore, Randy is the king of the Expos.

3. The sleeveless Pirates uniform (2001-2008)

Back in the 90s/2000s era for the Pirates, it seems like they had a uniform or logo change every year. This was of course in order to sell more gear since they couldn’t give tickets away to watch those teams. The sleeveless Pirates jerseys were paying homage to the uniforms worn by the greats like Roberto Clemente. With so much turnover in those seasons, the one consistent piece was Jack Wilson at shortstop rockin’ the sleeveless. Never the greatest batter, Wilson made up for it in the field. In 2005, he and fellow Bucco second baseman Jose Castillo turned the second most double plays in the National League. I bet you didn’t know that fun fact. I miss you Jumpin’ Jack Flash!

4. This Astros Logo (1994-1999)

Is there any logo in professional sports that is sleeker than this? I think not. The man who embodies this logo is Jeff Bagwell. The Killer B’s of the 90s Astros teams all could be the ambassador of this logo. To me, Bagwell is the reigning champ though. Bagwell was such a unique player with a batting stance that was as unique as the logo itself. Sure Craig Biggio was also a Hall of Famer but the logo was cool, Bagwell was cool, and Biggio looked like a suburban dad (like myself). This logo goes to Jeff.

5. This Angels Logo (1997-2001)

Oooo another one of my favorite logos in MLB history. I’m not exactly sure why but I think it’s because it looks so much like a minor league logo that makes it so fun. These Angels teams had some heavy hitters back in the day. Garrett Anderson, Tim Salmon, and Jim Edmonds would be prime candidates. However, the guy who first comes to mind for me and this logo is Darin Erstad. Erstad was a decent MLB player, serving in two All-Star games and winning a Gold Glove three times. But I think the reason I chose him was because of MLB Showdown. I always used Erstad because he was the perfect player in the game. High on-base, speed A, plus 2 in the OF, and still had a 19-20 home run to boot. He was the complete player for Showdown and with that, he will go down in history as the owner of this logo.

What are your thoughts on these guys? Agree/disagree? I feel like there are so many more logos to analyze that I’ll be back with another one soon. This one for sure needs some analysis.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Jason moved to NYC for 9 years and gained a wife, a child, and career then decided to go back to the Steel City. A sports fan since birth, he follows the Pirates, Duquesne basketball, Pens, Steelers, and Pistons (Grant Hill would have been better than Jordan if he had stayed healthy...prove me wrong). He enjoys playing in various sports leagues and throwing his money away on fantasy sports. Besides that, a good book and video games for a day would be just fine with him.

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