Rays_LLuniformsThe Tampa Bay Rays have announced a partnership with 70 t-ball baseball leagues in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties that will provide jerseys and caps to more than 5,500 little leaguers.

The value of the project has been estimated at over $115,000.

At first I was worried the Rays would have to provide replica Red Sox and Yankees uniforms, but it turns out that is not the case. Instead, the players will receive jerseys that will include 18 variations of Rays colors and styles.

[UPDATE] Some have asked about the stars and stripes logos and the camo logos. My guess is that these are the only versions of the Rays logo that are recognized by Major League Baseball. They may have only been able to use MLB-approved logos and this may have been the only way to increase the number of color patterns that could be used.

Here are the 18 designs provided by the team. Pretty cool.

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  1. Sledge says:

    Thanks for posting this, Cork. Ironically, I am coaching my son's T-Ball team in a HIllsborough county league. We are all excited about this program. Great to finally see what the jerseys look like.

  2. Drew says:

    THIS is the kind of stuff the Rays need to do to get fans down the road and really establish themselves within the community

  3. Ken says:

    I agree Drew. It would also be very helpful if local news outlets featured stories like this instead of the usual "who did what where crime coverage" that seems so prevalent. A Pro team has to have a community wide buy in to be successful.

  4. Mike M says:

    This is great for the kids that have parents that root for another team. I always had a soft spot for the teams (Pirates, Rockies) I was on in little league.

  5. Marc says:

    I have a question, will all of the T-ball teams be called the Rays, but with different colors in a specific league?

  6. chris says:

    So the camo blue rays might be playing the yellow stars and striped Rays? Very cool that they are doing this but that seems a little confusing.


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