Tuesday, February 25, 2014

MEET d'METS:  The New York Metropolitans have solved the typographical challenge presented by catcher Travis d'Arnaud, outfielder Matt den Dekker and pitcher Jacob deGrom.


  1. Adam C.10:09 AM

    "LIKE." And this provides a general opportunity to recommend Paul Lukas's great Uni Watch blog (uni-watch.com), which traffics in these sorts of issues daily, and has been ON IT regarding lowercase nameplate letters for some time: http://www.uni-watch.com/search-results/?cx=partner-pub-3278467399953697%3Am4a710ylzb5&cof=FORID%3A10&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=mets+d%27arnaud&sa=Search&siteurl=www.uni-watch.com%2F&ref=www.google.com%2Furl%3Fsa%3Dt%26rct%3Dj%26q%3D%26esrc%3Ds%26frm%3D1%26source%3Dweb%26cd%3D1%26ved%3D0CCcQFjAA%26url%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.uni-watch.com%252F%26ei%3DYLEMU5meDoOGyAGb9IG4DA%26usg%3DAFQjCNHSbICg_VM_UrHGHLTLj8vLJjmscQ%26bvm%3Dbv.61725948%2Cd.aWc&ss=5049j4493937j13

  2. sconstant12:05 PM

    I kinda don't get it. In all player's names, excepting left fielder e e cummings (*), there are upper and lowercase letters. On the back of their uniforms, the names are displayed with all letters in uppercase. So I kinda don't get 'den DEKKER' in place of 'DEN DEKKER' - if you're going to stop uppercasing the lowercase letters, then why not 'den Dekker'?

    (*) Yes, I know: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._E._Cummings#Name_and_capitalization

  3. Adam B.12:25 PM

    Your movement has allies. http://metspolice.com/2014/02/21/case-lowercase-uniform-lettering/

  4. Joseph Finn8:38 PM

    That site is quite inadvertently right in pointing out all uppercase names on uniforms suck. Not their intention but oh well.

    (Also, can MLB finally force all teams to put names on uniforms? Please? Yes, yes, Red Sox, Yankees and Giants, you're so special. Now put names on there so I know who the hell is playing left field.)

  5. Adam C.9:21 AM

    Seems to me that when names were first put onto the backs of uniforms, the most likely rationales for all uppercase were visibility, legibility, and availability, not consistency. If a player prefers to have his or her name rendered somewhat more accurately at the cost of a slight decrease in visibility/legibility for one to three letters, then who's to object?

  6. Jordan4:13 PM

    I'd be more impressed with "The New York Metropolitans have solved the physical challenge of getting Travis d'Arnaud to catch 100 games in a season."