TACOMA, Wash. -- The Tacoma Rainiers today unveiled new logo marks and additions to the club's official uniform set in preparation for the start of the upcoming 2015 season. Clich here to view the full set of Rainiers uniforms and logos.
Taking over as the team's primary logo is an updated version of the scripted "Rainiers" mark that was first introduced when Tacoma was first introduced as the Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners in 1995. It is joined by a stand-alone scripted "R" logo that began as a fan favorite and now serves as the club's secondary mark.
"This isn't a typical team logo/uniform change," said Rainiers Team President Aaron Artman. "We weren't looking for a gimmick or something to generate buzz. This came from our fans. They wear more hats, shirts and other merchandise with the "R" on it than anything else, by a wide margin. And internally, we all love the look as well. So it just made sense to make the switch."
The introduction of both logos ushers in the Rainiers latest on-field looks, as new road, home alternate and batting practice uniform combinations make their club debuts this season.
For the first time in franchise history, the Rainiers will roll out an all-red alternate jersey-hat combination that will be sported on both Sunday and Thursday home games throughout the season. The jersey features the primary "Rainiers" script logo labeled across the chest in white, along with white numbering and white piping lined along the seams and sleeves. The home alternate hat will also be cloaked in red with a scripted "R" logo positioned on the front in white.
The Rainiers new road jersey was designed with the forefathers of Tacoma baseball in mind, and tips its cap to the Tacoma Giants of the 1960s with classic block letters that proudly spell "Tacoma" across the chest. The classic all-gray scheme will be topped by a navy blue hat adorned with a bold red "R" worn during games when the team is both home and away.
Capping off additions to the Rainiers logo and uniform sets is a newly-designed batting practice hat. The front features a mountainous outline meant to represent the namesake of the club, and is bisected by a climbing axe depicting a baseball bat-shaped handle. Along with its obvious visual connections to the club, the image was created to represent the team's overall aspirations of ascending to the top.
Official team merchandise, including t-shirts, replica jerseys, hats and other apparel featuring the Rainiers new design elements, are available now in the Team Store and can be found online at tacomarainiers.com.
The Rainiers newest uniform combinations can be seen during Opening Weekend at Cheney Stadium beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 17. Tickets to 2015 Opening Weekend, as well as season tickets, group outings and suites packages, are available for purchase in-person at the Cheney Stadium Box Office, online at www.tacomarainiers.com, or over the phone at (253) 752-7707. The most up-to-date news and notes about the Rainiers leading into the season can be found by following the Rainiers on Twitter (@RainiersLand) or liking the team on Facebook.