FISHKILL — When the Hudson Valley Renegades take the field in June to kick off the 20th season of baseball in franchise history, they’ll be doing so in new uniforms.
The team has ditched its red, white and blue design, which it had used since 2004, in favor of a meaner-looking light blue, black and silver set. Uniform designs were unveiled in an afternoon ceremony in the Renegades’ clubhouse at Dutchess Stadium, which had already been repainted in the team’s new colors.
Rascal the raccoon, the team’s mascot, features largely in the new uniforms. Hudson Valley’s home caps will no longer have the letters H and V and a dangling raccoon tail, replaced instead with Rascal’s piercing eyes and pointy ears peeking over the brim.
“As we enter into one of our most significant years in history, we wanted to give our fans a fresh look while being true renegades with new colors that no other tam in minor league baseball has, dutchess blue and silver,” said general manager Eben Yager.
Hudson Valley had used hunter green and burgundy as primary colors from 1994 through 2003.
Yager also said that the team expects to draw its 3,000,000th fan to Dutchess Stadium at some point during the 2013 season.
For comparison’s sake, here is the uniform worn from 2004 to 2012:
And the team’s first logo, which was used from 1994 to 2003:
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