Toronto Blue Jays players will sport a new look on the field next season in at least one way, with their attire.
The team unveiled their 2012 uniforms — with Jose Bautista, Brett Lawrie and Ricky Romero as models, among others —complete with a new, er, familiar logo that connects the past with the future.
"I think the biggest thing for me was just getting blue back," said general manager Alex Anthopoulos. "We're the Blue Jays."
Players will wear blue hats and blue shoes for all games next season. The black jerseys have been shelved in favour of white uniforms at home, light grey on the road and a royal blue alternate jersey.
The logo is a modernized version of the club's powder blue jerseys from the 1980s, only this time the organization opted for darker, royal blue.
The primary logo features the Blue Jays' bird head with the red Maple Leaf and ball in the centre, an arched "Toronto" above and split letter "Blue Jays" in blue.
Split letters will be used for all three jerseys with the logo on the left side below the lettering, a few inches above the belt. The team name is spelled out on the home and alternate uniforms while Toronto appears on the road jersey.
"It's a Blue Jay baseball team playing in Canada and representing Canada," said Blue Jays president and CEO Paul Beeston. "It's all there."
The scripted lettering is gone, replaced with more of a classic look with sharp colouring.
"It's a pretty sharp look," Bautista said. "I like everything about it. Going back to the blue in Blue Jays was key."
The team also announced the CN Tower would be lit blue from sunset to midnight ET Friday as a salute to the team's 35-history, new logo and uniforms.
As well, pitchers Ricky Romero and Brandon Morrow along with catcher J.P. Arencibia and Adam Lind will stay in Toronto for an autograph session Friday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Jays Shop at Sears in the Eaton Centre.
The Blue Jays finished with an 81-81 record last season. They will kick off the 2012 campaign April 5 at Cleveland.