No players have been signed, no coach has been named and there is not a known place to play, but the Boise State baseball team has uniforms.
The school unveiled the Broncos’ jerseys and hats Wednesday, with six of each being introduced to be worn in specific situations.
Boise State announced in April that it was dropping its wrestling program and pursuing baseball. Though no start date for baseball has been set, the uniform announcement is a clear indication the process is moving ahead quickly.
The Idaho Statesman recently obtained documents from Boise State analyzing the costs of adding baseball. The school projected adding a head coach and assistants in July at a cost of approximately $250,000 annually, with competition to begin in 2019 with a program budget of $1.47 million. That budget is slated to increase to $2.09 million in the fifth year of play. The budget does not include potential costs to share a stadium with the Boise Hawks, who hope to have a downtown stadium built by 2020. The uniform cost was estimated at $50,000.
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The timeline to play in 2019 is an aggressive one, and it’s unlikely the program could be in place then. Athletic Director Curt Apsey mentioned it during his weekly appearance on KTIK 93.1 FM on Wednesday. He said the Broncos hope to have a coach hired by the upcoming academic year, and he wants to give the coach a full year to recruit before bringing players to Boise.
“We’ve kind of taken a look in terms of a timeline as, once we have a head coach on campus, we’ve thought about it being kind of an 18-month process,” Apsey said. “... We want to do this as quickly as possible, but we certainly don’t want to just throw a program out there that’s going to struggle. I think that (if) you can kind of do (that) timeline, 2019-20 probably would be the earliest.
“An exact timeline is not definite quite yet.”
Here’s a look at each uniform the Broncos will wear once they take the diamond:
The Broncos will wear these on the opening night of every home series, a white uniform with blue pinstripes and “Broncos” across the front. The primary Bronco-head logo is stitched on the right sleeve, with a blue and orange Mountain West logo on the left arm.
GRAY ON GRAY
Each road series will begin with the gray uniforms, similar to the home look but without the pinstripes and with “Boise State” on the front.
ORANGE AND BLUE
Naturally, the team also will sport blue jerseys and orange jerseys. Both are of the same template, with a large Bronco head on the left chest. The school’s release says “the possibilities are virtually endless,” mentioning Saturday or midweek games as opportunities to wear the set.
Baseball was a varsity sport at Boise State from 1936-80, with legendary football coach Lyle Smith also coaching baseball. The throwback uniforms are a replication of the Broncos’ 1968 look, with “Broncos” across the front in blue block letters.
Another uniform option with a retro look is the Broncos’ cream set, which has “Broncos” written in script across the front, akin to the logo on Boise State’s football helmets from 1997-2001. The primary Bronco-head logo will appear on the right sleeve.
The Broncos have just as many hat options, with the primary Bronco-head logo appearing on five of them: all blue, blue with an orange bill, tri-colored blue/white/orange, white with a blue bill and black with a blue bill. The other hat is all blue with a white “B” on the front, a throwback look similar to the Brooklyn Dodgers’ hats.
SOCIAL MEDIA REACTION
▪ “Throwbacks and creams are fantastic. Also once option is available will be buying each lid... Pumped!” — Brandon Mehling, via Twitter
▪ “Two years till the first game and we have a uniform design ?? Gettin’ bad as the (Oregon) Ducks with the whole uniform thing.” — Geoffrey Rowe, via Facebook
▪ “The 1 with the B (fire emoji) I need it in a SnapBack tho.” — former Boise State safety, NFL veteran Jeron Johnson, via Twitter