For the Nationals’ on-field look, it’s a “new year, new me” in 2024.
On Friday, the Nats unveiled new changes to their uniform collection for the upcoming season with the start of spring training just weeks away, including the team’s first pullover jersey and an updated design to their road grays.
The Nationals’ 2024 uniform collection is composed of five jerseys, which now includes a pullover. The white top has navy blue sleeves and features the vintage Capitol W logo on the left chest. Making its first jersey appearance, the Vintage Capitol W debuted on spring training caps in 2019 and has been featured on regular season hats since 2020. The pullover also includes the first V-neck buttonless design with red, white and navy blue trim. Players' names and numbers on the back are red and outlined in navy blue.
A brand-new arm patch displays an interlocking “DC” inside the District of Columbia silhouette, marking the return of the interlocking “DC” logo that the team used from its inaugural season in 2005 until 2011. The Nats then began to universally use the curly W logo.
You can view the breakdown of the new pullover jersey here.
The redesigned road uniforms have been updated to feature “Washington” in blue block lettering with red and white trim across the chest, replacing the script red version with blue outline they had used continuously since 2009. The numbers on the front and back are red with a blue outline, while the names are blue outlined in red. The gray jersey and corresponding pants are now trimmed in red, white and blue piping, replacing the dual red and blue trim.
You can view the breakdown of the updated road jersey here.
Rounding out the Nats’ 2024 closet are the navy jerseys with script “Nationals” across the chest, which the team has worn since 2018 and made infamous during the 2019 World Series run; the white jerseys with script “Nationals” that have been worn since 2020; and the popular cherry blossom-themed City Connects, which debuted in 2022. The team’s City Connect uniform will be worn on Friday and Saturday home games in 2024 and will be retired from regular wear at the conclusion of this season.
There are no red alternate jerseys with the white curly W on the left chest this year.
Although the Nationals seem to be phasing out the curly W logo, their cap collection for 2024 is reportedly unchanged. No new hat designs were included in the uniform announcement.
The team likely will wear its Capitol W cap with the home white script jerseys (although they wore matte red curly W batting helmets with those jerseys last year) and the new pullover, and the navy blue curly W cap with red brim with the navy blue script and new road gray uniforms. Although the curly W doesn’t match the new block lettering across the chest of the grays (i.e. not uniform), it is still featured in the classic patch on the sleeve. The City Connect uniform has its own matching cap.
Speaking of the popular cherry blossom-themed City Connects, don’t fret too much about their retirement after this season. Nike, the official outfitter of Major League Baseball, likes to have each team have five uniform sets: home whites, road grays, two alternatives and one City Connect. Expect a new design in the coming seasons, similar to the way the NBA, which is also outfitted by Nike, frequently changes its City Edition uniforms.
Hopefully, they stick with the cherry blossom theme, as it was unique for D.C. to be the only city in the country with its professional sports teams having alternate apparel with the same theme: Nationals, Wizards, Capitals and D.C. United have all sported cherry blossom-themed jerseys over the past couple of years.
The Nats will unveil the new jerseys to full- and half-season plan holders at Saturday’s Nats Plus Hot Stove event at Nationals Park.
Nationals pitchers and catchers report to the team’s spring training facility in West Palm Beach in mid-February and hold their first workout on Wednesday, Feb. 14. The team’s first full-squad workout is Tuesday, Feb. 20. The Nats open Grapefruit League play as the home team against their Ballpark of the Palm Beaches roommates, the Astros, on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 6:05 p.m. The Nats will also host the first-ever On Deck: Nationals Futures Game on Tuesday, March 26, at 12:05 p.m. at Nationals Park, where fans can get an early look at this year’s roster and the top prospects from around the organization. The Nationals open the regular season in Cincinnati against the Reds on Thursday, March 28, at 4:10 p.m. and then their home season on Monday, April 1, at 4:05 p.m. against the Pirates.