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MLB City Connect 2024 uniforms: Rays unveil alternate look

The Tampa Bay Rays are adding a City Connect uniform to their wardrobe.

Tampa Bay unveiled its City Connect uniforms on Monday, becoming the 23rd MLB team to adopt the alternate look since the Nike-backed brand launched in 2021.

The Rays’ City Connect uniforms have “Tampa Bay” written across the chest in neon color, a look similar to what they had on their road jerseys during their first three seasons as a franchise (1998-2000), to go with the dark base. This is the first time the Rays will have the name of their city written on their chest since 2007.

Tampa Bay’s skater culture inspired part of the look. The flames escaping from each letter of the nameplate on the front of the jersey include flames intended to honor street art and skate media, such as “Thrasher” magazine. Gradient accents cover the sleeves and pants of the uniforms, making them intentionally asymmetrical as a symbol of doing things differently.

The Rays wanted to capture the vibe of Tampa Bay, displaying a glimpse of what people see when they’re in the city and calling it “Grit and Glow.”

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“When we started thinking about that feeling you get when you’re in some of these really special places around this community, it’s fueled by that energy,” Rays chief business officer Bill Walsh said in a statement . “A lot of these types of countercultures, creative cultures, are really at the center of it all in terms of creating that vibe.”

The Rays honored some local landmarks with their caps and logos. The main logo on the caps depicts the Sunshine Skyway Bridge with the outline of a stingray. A second logo features three palm trees and a pelican. The palm tree logo replicates the branding seen on Florida Historical Makers, such as Perry Harvey Sr. Park, Florida’s first public skate park. The other logo is a stingray on a skateboard, further embracing the city’s skater culture.

“It’s also something that we think we have in common as an organization,” Walsh said of Tampa Bay’s skater culture in the release. “We demonstrated that, that you kind of have to be willing to go against the grain and have courage and disrupt. So I think it’s exciting that there’s that overlap as well.”

The Rays will debut the uniform during their three-game home series against the New York Mets this season. They will then wear the alternate look during every Saturday home game.

The Phillies were the first team to unveil their City Connect uniforms this season. “PHILLY” is written on the chest in white while the uniform colors resemble the city flag. The cap’s logo is the Liberty Bell with the same color as the city flag, which features the Philadelphia skyline in the logo.

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The Mets introduced their City Connect uniforms in April. It’s a basic gray uniform with “NYC” stitched on the front and the Queensboro Bridge on the hat. The jersey also features a black patch on the arm with the Mets logo in pink letters.

(Learn more: New York Mets Launch “City Connect” Jersey With New Color Palette)

More teams expected to unveil their City Connect uniforms in 2024

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