- The San Diego Padres are swapping out their spring training hats for the ones they will wear during the regular season after fans pointed out the new design resembles a swastika.
- The unfortunate logo design was created after combining two previous Padres logos – the interlocking “SD” of San Diego and the team’s mascot, the Swinging Friar.
- The Padres are still expected to wear the since-swapped hats at least once, as they were marketed as “the official on-field caps of spring training,” according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
- Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.
The San Diego Padres are swapping out their spring training after fans pointed out that the design looked like a swastika.
The unfortunate design of the cap was the result of a combination of two previous Padres logos – the interlocking “SD” of San Diego and the team’s mascot the Swinging Friar.
Across the league, teams are sporting hats through spring training with their own logo mash-ups designed by the MLB and New Era, but for the Padres, the result was more trouble than it was worth.
This is embarrassing. The Padres, days before spring training opens, have had to shelf the caps they were planning to wear and sell, because folks thought the SD inside the Friars logo looked too much like a swastika! pic.twitter.com/bsgfoCPT2I
— Charlie Meredith (@chbmeredith) February 11, 2020
Yeah, once you see the Padres Batting Practice Swastika, it's hard not to see it. https://t.co/3H7dQziwVR
— Dan Szymborski (@DSzymborski) February 5, 2020
According to Kevin Acee at the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Padres decided against making the hats a part of their regular wear for spring training.
“Following our offseason uniform rebrand and the overwhelmingly positive response from Padres fans, we’ve decided to wear our regular season brown caps with the gold ‘SD’ for the majority of spring training,” said Padres chief marketing officer Wayne Partello, per the Union-Tribune’s report.
The team’s decision to switch was evident on Tuesday when Acee photographed players working out in preparation for spring training in their regular-season “SD” hats.
Notice anything? pic.twitter.com/4kVuDObCiD
— Kevin Acee (@sdutKevinAcee) February 11, 2020
On Twitter, fans were thankful the team elected to make the switch.
— Padres Obsessed Wes ⚾????️???? (@PadresWes) February 11, 2020
I am pleased they recognized they were wrong, and fixed it. Padres front offices of the past would have Trumpian-esq double-downed on the obvious mistake and keep peddling the line of “the vast majority of fans love it” and put out a team wearing swastikas for all of ST.
— JG (@QuinnWinterEsq) February 11, 2020
According to Acee, the hats will still be worn for at least one spring training game, as they were billed as “the official on-field caps of spring training and regular season batting practice.”
- Read more: