Braves introduce new military uniforms for 2014

Mark Townsend
Big League Stew

Add the Atlanta Braves to the growing list of baseball teams creating alternate uniforms that honor military forces.

On Wednesday, Braves manager Freddi Gonzalez and Freddie Freeman — who just signed the richest contract in franchise history on Tuesday — unveiled new "military appreciation uniforms," which will be worn during five different home games this season.

According to Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal Consitution, the Braves will debut the new uniforms at military family night on April 26. From there, they'll honor four military branches with their own special night.

The schedule looks as follows:

April 26: vs. Cincinnati Reds (military family night)
June 13: vs. Los Angeles Angels (Army)
July 26: vs. San Diego Padres (Marines)
Aug. 30: vs. Miami Marlins (Navy)
Sept. 19 vs. New York Mets (Air Force)

But it doesn't end with a simple tip of the cap. The Braves will also use the uniforms to raise money for the USO and the Wounded Warrior Project by auctioning off signed game worn jerseys after each game.

“This is a very meaningful project for us,” Braves president John Schuerholz said Wednesday. “Our military relationship is strong, but especially the Wounded Warrior Project is something that’s most meaningful to us, to all American citizens, I’m sure. They sacrifice so much and do so much and if this is a way we can honor them and help raise some funds in their name to help some other worthy charities and community efforts, we want to do it.”

Well said by Schuerholz, and an overall wonderful idea and gesture on the Braves part. We're sure it will be highly successful.

By the way, if you're wondering whether or not the Braves will be keeping their other alternate red uniforms this season, the answer is no. In fact, their whole uniform rotation will be getting an overhaul.

On many teams the starting pitcher selects which uniform the team wears during his starts, but it appears the Braves prefer routine and coordination. Can't really blame them for that. It makes doing the laundry much easier.

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