Rockies’ City Connect uniforms a nod to iconic Colorado plates

DENVER — The iconic Colorado license plate — with its deep green mountains and clear and striking typography — served as inspiration for the jersey of the Rockies’ new City Connect uniform, which will debut on Saturday, June 4, in a game against the Braves at Coors Field.

The club unveiled the look, which will be worn every Sunday home game for the rest of the season, on Friday morning with a video narrated by longtime radio broadcaster Jack Corrigan. The presentation also included a photo shoot involving several players — Denver native Kyle Freeland, Ryan McMahon, Germán Márquez and Connor Joe — west of Denver at the 11,990-foot Loveland Pass. Veteran star Charlie Blackmon also modeled the uniform in a studio shoot.

The Rockies’ look is part of a two-season-old program by Nike, MLB’s official uniform provider, to give teams reimagined designs and colors. Work on the Rockies’ project started with meetings with selected club personnel and Nike designers to determine how the club wanted to be presented. The final look — largely green, with purple accents that the Rockies simply aren’t the Rockies without — was one of four designs presented to the club.

“We modeled after the Rockies license plate, because obviously wherever you’re at in the United States, if you see that plate, you know where it is,” said Jim Kellogg, the Rockies’ vice president of community and retail operations. “That’s Colorado. It represents the mountains.…

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