According to our friend Chris Creamer at SportsLogos.Net, the Houston Astros will be going back to a blue and orange color scheme for their logo and uniforms as part of their rebranding efforts ahead of the 2013 season. This is just one of the major changes that the Astros will be undertaking to their look and feel, something that Mr. Creamer predicted on this very website back in January.
The new Astros uniforms were described as very simple and traditional, a stripped down version of their original Astros uniforms which included the shooting star arching over the team script on their home jerseys. I have been told that this shooting star is absent from the new uniforms for 2013. Look for script similar to their road jerseys from this era.
As for the new Astros logo, I’ve been told it will be a new design for the team but similar to other recent new MLB team logos in San Diego and Washington, hard to get excited about that aspect of the new look.
The reported changes match what owner Jim Crane had said about the new uniforms when they were first submitted to Major League Baseball for approval. At the time, he referred to them as “modest,” “traditional” and “very classy.” As Mr. Creamer notes in his piece, this approach to rebranding follows the success of the 2012 Toronto Blue Jays uniforms, which borrowed from the past to make themselves new again.