DETROIT — Blue jerseys are reserved for the Grapefruit League or getaway day and rarely seen anywhere but Minute Maid Park. The Astros don their navy blue tops on Sundays at home and throughout spring training, so rarely does the team call them “subs.” White or orange tops are the team’s home uniforms. Gray replaces white in route rotation, an accepted standard that now has an exception.
Framber Valdez feels best in navy blue. He called the jerseys “comfortable” and “not heavy”. Starting pitchers often choose the team uniform on the days they pitch. Valdez is becoming a competitor to dark horse Cy Young, even though he’s on a team with the obvious favorite. Disrupting its dominance is foolish. This is Framber’s world and the whole clubhouse lives there.