The Phillies are updating their look for the 2019 season.
The Majestic Clubhouse Store’s Twitter account posted a video Friday revealing t-shirts with the team’s new primary logo printed on them.
The logo isn’t a dramatic change from the one the club has had in place since 1992. The “Phillies” wordmark remains intact along with the Liberty Bell behind it, albeit with a greater focus on it. The two major changes are a switch to a darker shade of blue and the removal of the baseball diamond that used to surround the logo.
It’s worth noting that design changes usually come around when a franchise believes it’s at a turning point. The NHL’s Edmonton Oilers are a recent example of this. Two years ago, the team switched from the blue uniforms that were made iconic by the Wayne Gretzky-led Oilers of the 1980s to orange ones after they clinched their first playoff spot since 2006, led by a new star player in Connor McDavid.
“I want to touch and respect the past, but we’re in a new building. We’re in a new era," Oilers' vice chairman Bob Nicholson told the Edmonton journal back in March 2017. "We have a new leader in Connor McDavid. We have a team that is building their identity for today.”