The Minnesota Twins last hosted the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 1985. But this season’s All-Star hat design has not been seen in Minnesota since the 1970s.
To commemorate the Twins' classic batting helmets, the 2014 All-Star hats are designed with teams’ primary colors. The triangular front of the hat displays the team’s logo, while the left side is embroidered with the All-Star patch.
"Returning to Minnesota for the first time in almost 30 years, we wanted to honor the Twins history with new ideas and their distinctive batting helmet design from the 1970s made perfect sense,” MLB vice president Tim Brosnan said.
Though the hats sport a clean, classic look they are made with a lightweight performance material as part of New Era’s "Diamond Era" series, according to the company’s website. The newly designed hats combine modernity and nostalgia, bringing the Midsummer Classic a more distinguished and fresher look.
But if the MLB really wants a fresh look for the All-Star festivities, the game's young stars like Yasiel Puig, Mike Trout and Bryce Harper should headline the Home Run Derby.