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Seattle Mariners - Back To The Future

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  • #76
    the next Mariners uniforms

    Unretire the 1981-1986 or more specifically the uniforms worn during the 1985 & 1986 seasons, that's the ideal scenario and would guarantee that the Mariners would be the best dressed team in baseball and the rest of the sporting world. Ken Griffey Jr. wore the same uniforms in 1987, while with the Bellingham Mariners, the best uniform he wore while with the Mariners organization.

    Last edited by Phantom Dreamer; 11-09-2013, 07:34 PM. Reason: In additition to simply updating the M's 1981-1986 unis
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    • #77
      Felix's look is the epitome of what's wrong with Seattle's current uniforms. Unbuttoned, baggy, sloppy and boring.
      Update the 1981-1986 for a sartorial, contemporary and retro look. Bill Swift enjoyed wearing the Mariners greatest uniforms in 1985 & 1986! No buttons, no belt, no problem! Just fun. Fun for the players, fun for the fans!

      Last edited by Phantom Dreamer; 06-17-2014, 09:43 PM.
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      • #78
        Happy belated Jackie Robinson Day!

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        • #79
          Gorman Thomas and Phil Bradley back when the Seattle Mariners had their own unique identity (1981-1986)!! Let's see that again!

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          • #80
            Danny Kaye poses with the Mariners during their first spring training in 1977. The uniforms they are wearing were never worn during an actual game. I wouldn't mind new alternate uniforms that were modeled after these, although I would add stripes on the side of the knickers.

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            • #81
              The Mariners should bring back an updated version of their 1985-1986 uniforms with navy and teal as the color scheme and make Kim Ng the new G.M., then they would be truly blazing trails and setting trends!
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              • #82
                Michigan Wolverines' new uniforms with a v-neck pullover jersey and sansabelt pants convince me that they definitely should be brought back by the Mariners. Anything else will be a major disappointment not seen in our history.
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                • #83
                  Matt Young in the best Seattle Mariners road uniform in 1986! Matt Young in the greatest Seattle Mariners road uniform in 1986! Seattle Mariners pullover jersey along with sansabelt pants! Seattle Mariners: Back to the Future! New Seattle Mariners uniforms!

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                  • #84
                    The Mariners may be starting to see the light! This t-shirt is part of a promotion called 'Guys Night Out' on May 24. $25 gets you a terrace club ticket, a drink and the shirt! Seems like a worthwhile endeavor.
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                    • #85
                      Why when people come up with "concepts" for Mariners uniforms that include a trident, their trident always looks distorted? A person on today's uni-watch submitted a "concept" that played on our fears that the Mariners would drop teal and it/they looked awful of course.
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                      • #86
                        Seattle Mariners 1981-1986. 1981 Seattle Mariners. 1982 Seattle Mariners. 1983 Seattle Mariners. 1984 Seattle Mariners. 1985 Seattle Mariners. 1986 Seattle Mariners. 2014 Seattle Mariners. Harold Reynolds in the greatest Mariners road uniform! Seattle Mariners: Back to the Future!

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                        • #87
                          Seattle Mariners Shortstops

                          This is former Mariners shortstop the late Todd Cruz. Can you imagine Brad Miller or Nick Franklin wearing this uniform in the not too distant future? I can, and I know you can too!

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                          • #88
                            Hopefully that May 24 promotion 'Guys Night Out' will be received well and that the Mariners will have no choice but to blaze trails, set trends and bring back the 'Ultimate Baseball Look'. The current uniforms need to go quicker than Eric Wedge.
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                            • #89
                              Seeing this made my day, knowing that Edgar Martinez did indeed wear the Ultimate Baseball Look during his career, makes this all worthwhile.
                              Here is Edgar Martinez with the Chattanooga Lookouts in 1986. The Lookouts' uniform is modeled after the Seattle Mariners 1981-1986 uniform. Looked good back then and it will look good today & tomorrow! Back to the Future!

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                              • #90
                                Speaking of Mariner shortstops, even "Little O", Omar Vizquel got into the act, while with the Wausau Timbers! Great uniforms!

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