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Arizona Diamondbacks Jersey Week, Part 3: Alternates and specials

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We finish our tour of D-backs uniform history with a look at some of the non-regular kits used

The days when a team would have one home uniform and one road uniform are largely gone. Between alternate home, alternate road and “special occasion” kits, it sometimes feels as if the Diamondbacks have a bigger selection of clothing than I do! Below, you’ll find a selection of some of the more regularly-used ones. I haven’t gone as far as to include things used very infrequently: did the team ever wear shirts like these camo ones? I have vague memories of some Memorial Day game, but I may be confusing us with the Padres or whatever.

As with the road uniforms, I’ve grouped these based on loose style: a stirrup color change or logo adjustment isn’t enough to qualify as a separate entity. sportslogos.net was the source for many of these images, with others coming from the Diamondbacks’ Twitter feed.

1998-2002

I will say it again. Not a fan of this one, because I am unable to wear purple without feeling like either a) a Rockies fan, or b) Barney the Dinosaur. I’m not sure which is worse.

1998-2006

This is considerably better, and everyone was pleased to see this return on the recent ‘Throwback Thursday’ celebrations. Indeed, if I didn’t know better, I’d have said this was one of our regular 2001 jerseys, rather than an alternate.

1998-2006

The original version of the blacks, still with purple as the text, and the pinstripes on the pants. Feels like a bit of a hodgepodge to me.

2007-2015

The arrival of Sedona Red, and this was probably the reddest of the new generation of uniforms. I like red, and feel it’s a color rather underutilized in baseball. It certainly stands out among the NL West teams.

Hispanic heritage 2008-15

At least, I’m kinda assuming it is. The Diamondbacks did start up their Hispanic Heritage program in 2008, but it’s not clear if this was what it looked like. Google Images is failing me in this department. It might simply be another alternate.

2016-19

The revamp, and this is probably one of the better uniforms to come out of it. It’s relatively simple, lacking too much “flair”, and I like the swapping of text colors on the front and back.

2016-19

These are the ones about which Rob Lowe infamously once said, “The Diamondback’s uniforms make them look like futuristic maintenance men working on a trash truck in space.”

Hispanic heritage 2016-19

The updated version for Los D-backs was a bit of a mixed back. That pants leg splash didn’t look any better here, but I think the red shoulder tinting works better on a dark color.

Hispanic Heritage 2020

And last but not least (or not, your mileage may vary), the new version of the Los D-backs uniform. As has been the trend, we’ve gone back to relatively simple, and we retain the two-color scheme for the text and number. I quite like this one.

Poll

The best all-time alternate D-backs kit is:

This poll is closed

  • 15%
    1998-2002 purple
    (11 votes)
  • 36%
    1998-2006 pinstripe/purple
    (27 votes)
  • 16%
    1998-2006 black
    (12 votes)
  • 4%
    2007-2015 red
    (3 votes)
  • 4%
    Hispanic heritage 2008-15
    (3 votes)
  • 2%
    2016-19 white
    (2 votes)
  • 12%
    2016-19 futuristic maintenance men
    (9 votes)
  • 0%
    Hispanic heritage 2016-19
    (0 votes)
  • 8%
    Hispanic Heritage 2020
    (6 votes)
73 votes total Vote Now