Louisville Bats baseball team unveils new logos and uniforms
The Louisville Bats baseball team is getting a makeover.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Louisville Bats baseball team is getting a makeover.
The team unveiled new logos and uniforms for the 2016 season Monday afternoon at Louisville Slugger Field. The new logos can be seen on this page.
It is the first significant image change for the organization since before the 2002 season when the team shortened its name from "RiverBats" to "Bats," the team says.
The new logos feature a red and navy blue color scheme, "that celebrates the great baseball tradition of previous Louisville baseball franchises that also used the colors," the release states.
"The prominent use of red also signifies Louisville as the players' final stop before joining the Cincinnati Reds in the Major Leagues," the release continues. "The Bats' name is derived from both Hillerich & Bradsby's rich history of producing baseball's finest bats in Louisville and the winged mammal found prominently in the region, each of which are featured in the new look."
Four new uniform combinations were introduced at the news conference as well.
Senior Vice President for the Louisville Bats Greg Galiette explained the thinking behind the new look. "We're the farm team for the Reds this makes sense to have more of a Reds feel here. I know our players are excited about it."
So are fans like Bernie Bowles.
"I like the white ones cause the got the flag on them and everything,” Bowles explained.
Bernie’s wife Sherry loves the new look. “I like it. It's a little more professional," she said.
While Mathew Ballard agreed, he joked he could have done without red. "I'm OK with the colors. I mean I'm a KY fan so I'm not a huge fan of the red necessarily but that's only because I bleed blue."
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