The Tacoma Rainiers was the next Minor League team to rebrand.
The script goes back to the original Rainiers when
they were located in Seattle. In 1966 the team was renamed Seattle Angels after it was sold to the California Angels. After the 1969 season when MLB’s Seattle Pilots moved to Milwaukee, the city was without professional baseball until 1972. A new Rainiers team played in the Northwest League until the Seattle Mariners came to town in 1977.
A navy cap with a red R on the crown tops both the home and road uniform. The red alternate uniform is worn together with a red cap that sports a white R. That uni will be worn with home games on Thursdays and Sundays The BP jersey is worn with a navy BP cap that has the tertiary logo on it. I would have stuck that logo on the road cap because the pick axe has the T shape — for Tacoma.
But the team did not forget about Tacoma’s own baseball history either. The city name at the road jersey is a link to the past when the Tacoma Giants had similar road jerseys.
According to team President Aaron Artman. the new look came from the Rainiers’ fans. They wear more hats, shirts and other merchandise with the “R” on it than anything else, by a wide margin. “Internally, we all love the look as well. So it just made sense to make the switch”, Artman said.