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Phillies unveil not-so-spectacular alternate uniforms

The Phillies have announced a new red jersey top that the team will wear in 2016.

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The idea was good. The execution, not so much.

The Phillies announced on Monday that the team will wear these alternate red jerseys in six games in 2016.

An official press release by the team said the new jersey will make its regular-season debut on Thursday, April 14 in their 1:05 pm game against the San Diego Padres. The jerseys will be worn an additional five times, all of them mid-week day games, a.k.a., Business Persons Specials.

David Buck, Phils' senior vice president of Marketing and Advertising Sales said...

"We're excited to bring a new, colorful look to Citizens Bank Park this year. We have great respect for the history of our uniform, so by going with a simple, classic design, we feel we've been able to balance a new look with our storied tradition."

This is the first time since 1979 the team has worn red jerseys during a regular season game, and the previous effort was short-lived. They were called Saturday Night Special uniforms, with Phils' players in all burgundy from head-to-toe.

Look, it's great the Phils want to mix up their jersey palate a little bit. Adding additional alternates means extra revenue for the team (if you want to buy one, click it here) and it gives fans something to talk about.

Unfortunately, these all-red jerseys seem a bit uninspired and, dare I say, a little too red.

Why not incorporate something of the city's history on the alternate? Why not, instead of having the word P-H-I-L-L-I-E-S on the front, put a picture of the Liberty Bell in blue over the heart? Or a picture of Billy Penn on top of City Hall? Something a little different?

Reactions to the unveiling were swift and, mostly, negative.

It wasn't all bad though.

Now that the Phils have gone this route, there are only four teams left in baseball that does not have a colored alternate jersey: The Yankees, Tigers, Cardinals and Dodgers.

But hey, this was a good idea, Phillies. A really nice try. This just seemed to fall flat is all.

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