Owner Steve Cohen teases potential return of Mets' black uniforms

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David Wright takes a swing while wearing Mets' black uniform
David Wright takes a swing while wearing Mets' black uniform

Mets players, including Pete Alonso, Dominic Smith, Marcus Stroman, and J.D. Davis, have pushed for the Mets to bring back the black uniforms. And according to owner Steve Cohen, it could be in the cards. 

"There's lots of discussion on these black jerseys," Cohen told SNY's Steve Gelbs during an exclusive interview on Mets Hot Stove. "Seems like there are people who are fervent who want it, and then people who actually don't want it. I think it's probably more that people want it than don't want it. 

"I haven't talked to the players about it. I want to make sure they would be into that. And maybe we do it on a night every once in a while or something, just to shake it up."

The Mets wore the black jerseys and caps at home and on the road as part of their uniform rotation from 1998 to 2011, with "Mets" across the chest at home and "New York" across it on the road. There were two caps -- one all black and another that was black with a blue bill.

During the 2020 season, Alonso was one of the most ardent supporters of bringing back the uniforms, tweeting in April:

"The black unis are the dopest! No cap. It would be a mentality and attitude. The orange and blue accents are like the city lights in the night sky. So many Mets greats wore the black. My only question is: why not?"

Davis and Smith also voiced support for the return of the black unis during an episode of The Cookie Club on SNY.tv.

While Cohen made no guarantees about the black uniforms coming back, he joked that since Alonso is so much bigger than him and wants it to happen, he'll probably listen to Pete.

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