The Mariners wore their teal home alternate jerseys for 22 games this year, and if they had any effect on the team’s performance, they should’ve worn teal all season. Of the five basic jerseys the Mariners sported in 2011, the teal is the only one that saw them play over .500, and Ichiro had a higher batting average in teal (.297) than in any other jersey. The jerseys’ official color is “Northwest Green” — I know, right? — so let’s just call ’em what they are: teal.
Here’s how Ichiro and the M’s performed in their various jerseys this year. This includes the Turn-Back-the-Clock game, but ignores the Marineros jerseys, the Jackie Robinson jerseys, and the jerseys with American flag patches and breast cancer ribbons (since those are relatively small tweaks to their standard threads). In descending order of frequency…
Road Gray (worn with gray pants)
In 70 games, Ichiro went 82-for-292 (.280), and the Mariners went 27-43 (.386).
Home White (worn with white pants)
In 58 games, Ichiro went 63-for-240 (.263), and the Mariners went 23-35 (.397).
Home Teal (worn with white pants)
In 22 games, Ichiro went 27-for-91 (.297), and the Mariners went 13-9 (.591).
Road Navy (worn with gray pants)
In 11 games, Ichiro went 12-for-49 (.245), and the Mariners went 3-8 (.273).
Home Turn-Back-the-Clock (worn with Turn-Back-the-Clock pants)
In one game, Ichiro went 0-for-5 and the Mariners won.
Love ’em or hate ’em, the teal could be for real. The real deal Holyfield. Feel the teal. Or something.