Spring Camp in Session

Sure, Spring Camps have opened as of this week, but I’m talking about Blog Spring Camp.

I went into a bit of a hiatus after the end of last season (as you may have noticed). Because I had to go on a business trip the last week of the season I missed the last game. When I returned the season was over, no more games, players scattered to the winds, staff out of the country (including great guys Frank and Larry and our kantoku Bobby). I had many pictures to share and I wanted to discuss the goings on of the Climax Series(s) but it sorta of seemed inappropriate.

It was much like someone hit me with a water balloon at my birthday party instead of giving me cake.

So I let the time pass, let things settle, the calendar turn to 2010 and lo and behold – a new season is already here. But much like the players I’m a bit rusty, so it’s Blog Spring Camp time. Apologies in advance.

It’s been a very eventful offseason with many player losses and additions and an entire new coaching staff brought in. I’ll get to the “remaking” of the franchise’s image in another post (distasteful as it is for management to want to remove all vestiges of the most successful coaching staff in team history) and look at some of the other, lighter changes. Satozaki isn’t swinging for the fences on the first day of camp, is he? (Wait, yeah, he probably is.)

If you haven’t seen them yet, the team is sporting all-new duds this year. For reference sake, here’s last year’s unis:

And here are the 2010 unis:

The primary home uni looks quite similar to the recent primary uniform, though I have yet to see them side-by-side to make a comparison. I really never liked the late-model road unis so pretty much anything is an upgrade, but I’m still not sold on them. I saw it in the Marines shop today and it doesn’t look bad, but I think it will have to grow on me. My all time favorite is the old light blue road jersey like this one:

Swiped off the net but I can't rememer from where!

And I am also very partial to the all-black 2000-2004 road unis. Anyway.

The new alt home jerseys, though, I don’t much like at all. They look too much like practice jerseys, something you see an ikusei player snagging fly balls in.

I’m sure all of them will look fantastic once we start winning games, though!

2 thoughts on “Spring Camp in Session”

  1. Personally, I like the ’09 unis better…the maroon added some flavor to the otherwise drab black and white. Do any of the NPB teams have gray unis like MLB? I think a gray/black/maroon combo would look sharp.

    Glad I found your site, I recently took an interest in the NPB and have adopted the Marines as my team of choice, mostly because I’m a Bobby V fan…too bad they let him go, I understand he was pretty popular over there.


    1. Thanks for visiting, and for the comment! I blog way too much so it’s easy to keep up with the Marines during the season.

      Don’t worry, we’re all Bobby fans, too – I think you’d be hard pressed to find a Lotte fan who isn’t.

      As far as grey unis go, in the Pacific league both Nippon Ham and Seibu use some grey in their uniforms. I’ll see if I can cough up some pics when I am back home. I like Seibu’s grey unis they introduced last year, which is the only nice words you’ll hear me say about Seibu other than “they didn’t make the climax series last year either” – wait, that’s nice for us.

      The more I see the new Lotte unis the less I like them – some more thoughts on that later.

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