The San Diego Padres scrapped their newly designed hats on the eve of spring training after appalled fans on social media compared it to a swastika.
The hat, created by MLB and the New Era headwear company for spring training, featured the Padres’ mascot swinging over an interlocking “S” and “D” — the team’s main logo.
The mishmash cut off the top of the “S,” leading some to say it resembled the emblem most commonly associated with Nazis.
In a statement Tuesday, the Padres said they would instead wear their regular-season brown caps, featuring a gold interlocking “S” and “D”, for the majority of spring training.
The team, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune, made no mention of the swastika-looking logo, instead attributing the decision to fans who had an “overwhelmingly positive response” to the regular-season caps, which were introduced this offseason as part of a logo redesign.
According to the Union-Tribune, the team will wear the controversial caps at least once during spring training, because they were sold to fans as the official on-field caps of spring training and regular-season batting practice. The hat was still listed for sale on MLB’s website on Wednesday.
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