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Sorry about our spring break from blogging. We're back now and much of this blog's focus the next five months will shift to baseball.

The Altoona Curve held their annual media day this afternoon at Blair County Ballpark. Some massive changes are planned for 2011.

The roster changes, which resulted in 10 former State College Spikes beginning the season in Altoona, are no big deal. Double-A rosters change daily.

The changes to the coaching staff are no big deal, either. P.J. Forbes moves up from High-A Bradenton to manage the team and hitting coach Brandon Moore returns to Altoona after two years in State College. Athletic trainer Mike Zalno, a State College resident, also makes the move to Altoona after four years with the Spikes. (On a personal note, we will miss seeing Skippy around Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.).

The biggest changes in Altoona involve how the Curve will dress. The front office overhauled the team's logos and uniforms, a move designed to emphasis Altoona's railroad history and sell more merchandise.

The Curve unveiled their final new piece of apparel today: the home hats. The red hats have a built-in orange rally hat. No kidding. The hats can be flipped and the inside-out version features the team's Al-Tuna mascot.

Forbes, who owns a marketing degree from Wichita State, likes the idea. But he's taking a not-in-my-dugout view toward the rally hats.

We agree. The rally hats will look nice in the stands. But a bunch of professional ballplayers wearing orange rally hats simnply wouldn't look right.