Los Angeles Dodgers' City Connect uniform was unveiled Thursday by the team. It featured hats and jerseys that said "Los Dodgers" and was a tribute to their connection with Latin fans and to the 40th anniversary "Fernandomania," which was a term used to describe the excitement and passion surrounding star left-hander Fernando Valenzuela.
The Dodgers will be debuting the uniforms at home against the New York Mets on Friday and Saturday.
The Dodgers will be wearing blue pants and jerseys together for the first time in their history. The sleeves of the uniforms have spray-painted accents. This is a nod towards Los Angeles' street art culture and murals.
On Friday, the Dodgers will be displaying their "Los Dodgers City Connect" uniforms at home against the Mets. Hunter Kondo/Los Angeles Dodgers
Lon Rosen, Dodger executive vice president of marketing and chief marketing officer stated that the Dodgers uniform was an iconic part in the franchise's identity. "While the great franchise players will continue to wear our traditional look, the City Connect program allowed us to acknowledge the importance and impact of our multicultural fanbase."
To create murals at Dodger Stadium's left- and right-field loge terraces, the Dodgers also collaborated with Fernando Valdez Zamora and Michelle Ruby Guerrero as well as Hector Arias and Michelle Villanueva Matugas.
Rosen stated that the Dodgers don't have an alternate uniform and that any changes to the current selection would be a major departure.
"The City Connect uniforms are familiar in design as any changes to our uniforms are significant. Rosen stated that the Dodgers uniform is largely unchanged since 1958 when the team moved to Los Angeles. We don't have a third uniform, we don’t wear different jerseys depending on the days of the week, or pitchers' preferences, so an all blue uniform with spray paint accents is a drastic change for us.