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  • WBC uniform watch

    Posted by simon c on 2009 April 3日 Friday

    I’m sure many people noticed this, but some WBC uniforms are alarmingly similar to MLB uniforms. Guess that’s template at work (and lack of creative colour schemes due to flag colours, though not every nation adheres to their flag stripes). Anyways, without further ado, here they are:

    Australia

    wbc_australia_h

    South Africa

    wbc_sa_h

    It was difficult to tell them apart on quick glance, especially since they played in the same pool in Mexico City.

    wbc_sa_v

    Oakland Athletics

    mlb_oak_h

    mlb_oak_v2

    Different font, obviously, but pretty similar otherwise.

    Canada (home)

    wbc_canada_h1

    LAnaheim Angels

    mlb_laa_h

    Canada has the faux vest thing going.

    Canada (away)

    wbc_canada_v

    Arizona Diamondbacks

    Cardinals Diamondbacks Baseball

    Reverse the font colouring, and you’re basically there.

    Dominican Republic

    wbc_dr_h

    wbc_dr_v

    Future Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez pitching for his homeland, earning a job with the Mets in the process.

    Texas Rangers

    mlb_tx_h3

    mlb_tx_v

    There’s that annoying underarm panel in many WBC jerseys, and the helmet bill’s different colour, but otherwise…

    Italy

    wbc_italy_v2

    LA Dodgers

    mlb_dodg_v3

    (Immortal Manny at work)

    Obviously. Was this done because of the Piazza-Lasorda connection from the first WBC?

    Netherlands (the Cinderella!)

    wbc_ned_h

    Baltimore Orioles

    mlb_bal_h

    Cap colours need to be reversed, and MLB teams seem to be fond of cursive fonts while WBC unis tend to use block fonts.

    Now for the more far fetched connections after this jump

    China

    wbc_china_h

    wbc_china_v

    SK Wyverns (KBO)

    BASEBALL-ASIA-CUP-KOR-TPE

    BASEBALL-ASIA-CUP-JPN-KOR

    Yeah I know, cap colour. Maybe there’s something closer out there, but the piping and red’s there.

    Cuba (home)

    wbc_cuba_h

    Aroldis Chapman reminded me of young Randy Johnson, the tall lanky lefty with nasty stuff but poor control.

    Kintetsu Buffaloes (NPB 80’s~90’s)

    npb_buf_h4

    Hmm… maybe? Anyways, that’s a young Hideo Nomo there.

    Cuba (away) – red, red, red!

    wbc_cuba_v

    They were even redder at the 2008 Beijing Olympics

    oly_cuba_v

    Shidax (Japanese industrial leagues) – used to be coached by living legend Katsuya Nomura

    shidax2

    In fact, Shidax was the first Japanese team to hire Cubans in Antonio Pacheco and Orestes Kindelan. Pacheco ended up managing against Japan in the 2009 WBC. I’m sure the Cuban imports felt right at home in those unis  :P

    Japan

    wbc_japan_h

    wbc_japan_v

    Atlanta Braves (BP jersey?)

    mlb_atl_v

    Glass hero Chipper Jones

    OK, the colour combination for Japan’s not so original, but the design is.

    Korea

    wbc_korea_h

    wbc_korea_v

    Seibu Lions (NPB pre-2009)

    BASEBALL-ASIA-JPN-TPE

    npb_lions_v

    OK, the Lions lack red, so it’s more of the blue thing, and it’s fun to throw up a pre-buff Kazuhiro Kiyohara pic up here.

    Mexico

    wbc_mex_h

    wbc_mex_v

    Puerto Rico

    wbc_pr_h

    wbc_pr_v

    OK, I concede, these look pretty original.. though not particularly appealing.

    Taiwan

    wbc_taiwan_v

    OLY-2008-BASEBALL-NED-TPE

    (This one’s from the Olympics, Taiwan meekly bowed out of the 2009 WBC and didn’t have a chance to wear their home duds.)

    USA

    wbc_usa_h1

    wbc_usa_v

    Meh, bland. Neither Taiwan nor USA jerseys grab you or make you do a double take. Though maybe the former would be better if they could make them real “Taiwan” jerseys instead of “Chinese Taipei”.

    And finally..

    Venezuela

    wbc_venezuela_h2

    wbc_venezuela_v

    So, how ’bout…

    Aston Villa (English Premiership!)

    GYI0051121912.jpg

    haha

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